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Homework Helper: EU Learning Corner

Whether you are a teacher, a parent, a child, or a teenager, the EU’s Learning Corner contains what you need to learn or teach about the EU and what it does.

The 24-language Learning Corner website contains a wide range of learning materials, games, news, and competitions. It also provides useful links about opportunities for teachers to network with other teachers as well as information for young people who wish to work or study throughout the EU.

To access the Learning Corner website visit HERE.

If you would like to subscribe to the EU Learning Corner newsletter visit HERE.

EU Learning Corner: Puzzle

Go back to your childhood with this jigsaw puzzle and put the countries of the European Union in the right place on the interactive map.
If you are more advanced, you can try the difficult version, where you have to recognise the languages of the different countries. Of course, there’s nothing to stop you trying both!
View HERE to have a go!

EU Learning Corner: Covid-19

Since the pandemic began, the European Union and its Member States have adopted unprecedented measures both nationally and at EU level, to tackle this global crisis.
To learn more, view HERE.

EU Learning Corner: EU Timeline

Take a trip back in time and discover important moments in history, inventions, major events in sport and society and much more; many of which made the EU what it is today.
To learn more about the history of the EU and its Member States view HERE.


Be Thou My Vision.

A collaborative effort between various Christian communities, to protect frontline workers battling Covid-19 here in Ireland and across the world.

“Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

A hymn of Irish origin, “Be Thou My Vision” (Irish: Rob tú mo bhoile), which can be traced back to a tradition of a prayer for protection known as ‘lorica’ (Latin for battle-shield & sword or breastplate) was launched yesterday; recorded by some 300 Christian groups to protect frontline workers battling Covid-19.

The organiser, Mr Philip McKinley, a Dublin-based Church of Ireland Ordinand, [latter a person who is training to be ordained as a priest or minister] stated that this hymn and the production of this YouTube video illustrates Ireland’s rich tapestry of Christianity through the ages.

“High King of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.”


Homework Helper: Four Great Resources from FAI

Practice your soccer skills with the help of current and former Republic of Ireland Internationals.

FAI Homeskills

FAI have just completed Week 7 of their FAI home skills videos. Every weekday at 11:00am on the FAI Grassroots Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, a new skill is introduced by their Ambassadors, current and former Republic of Ireland internationals, with a demonstration of the skill by FAI development officers, and current domestic and international players.

Each day, the FAI invite viewers to submit their own video performing a skill; for a chance to win an FAI Goodie Bag. A library of all 35 skills is available on YouTube: FAI Homeskills.

FAI Guide to Healthy Eating

The FAI recently re-launched its Healthy Eating Guide in conjunction with SPAR, to encourage parents and kids who are at home to eat healthy and learn some new dishes that are favourites of FAI’s Senior International players. They have twenty recipes in total that can be found here: FAI Healthy Eating Guide.

No Barriers at Home

In February FAI launched the ‘No Barriers at Home’ programme, a joint initiative with London to promote UEFA EURO 2020 and teach children about players who have overcome barriers in their lives. There are twelve inspirational stories, one from each of the host cities of UEFA EURO 2020. To access the ‘No Barriers at Home’ programme view HERE.

We Will Draw

FAI have also created some fun colouring pages of current Republic of Ireland Senior Internationals which are available HERE.


Save Lives With Water Safety Ireland’s PAWS Programme

Water Safety Ireland are encouraging all teachers and parents to explore water safety with children and young people at this time.

With warm weather comes lots of extra water play and it is predicted that this summer will see a surge in the national usage of beaches, rivers, lakes and waterways as a result of people not being able to travel abroad. Despite the pleasure water brings, it must always be treated with caution. Children and young people are an at-risk drowning group so it is very important to teach water safety skills from the earliest age.

With resources for children of all ages, Water Safety Ireland’s PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) programme outlines the essential life-saving guidelines that every child needs to know.
To access their programme visit www.teachpaws.ie

Water Safety Ireland have teamed up with RTÉ Home School Hub to promote the PAWS programme this week. They are running a colouring competition with a chance of winning one of 4 x €50 Elverys Sports vouchers. To enter, download the picture available HERE and send your artwork to paws@watersafety.ie.

Include your name, class level, school and winners will be announced on RTÉ’s Home School Hub on Thursday 4th of June.

Teach and Learn skills that can save lives.


What Future For 1798 Memorial In Liberty Square Thurles?

Further community public engagement with regards to the planned upgrade to Thurles Town Centre has, understandably, been put on hold due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic.

Earlier this year, an on-line questionnaire had been commissioned by Tipperary County Council, in their effort to obtain public feedback, as part of ongoing research into this town centre project.

We are informed that same questionnaire received some 692 submissions by the agreed closing date. However, with the population of Thurles standing at, give or take, some 7,682 souls (CSO 2019), perhaps the feedback could have been more enthusiastically received by those residents with I.T. skills.

However, those who did complete the questionnaire, highlighted the more obvious; ‘Heavy Traffic’, ‘Empty Shops’ and ‘High Unemployment’ as their main issues of concern, in relation to this most historic of town centre areas. [General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) no doubt prohibits the public from reading the submissions.]

Environmental consultancy LUC (landuse.co.uk), led by principal landscape architect Ms Emily Beedham, has now been commissioned by Tipperary County Council, to assist in creating a more vibrant Thurles town centre, killed off in the past mainly by parking charges introduced by the very same commissioning Tipperary County Council.

Of course very few of the submissions, while rightly highlighting concerns; offered real solutions to the concerns they raised.

In the silent video shown above, purporting to come from Tipperary County Council, [Note, as we go to press YouTube inform us that only 73 people have viewed same to date.], at present only two immediate questions come to mind: –
(1) Is the 1798 monument, erected in 1901, [View Here], going to be removed entirely?
(2) Where is it going to be reinstated, or are we giving it away, like the arch entrance to the Thurles Workhouse; the Market House Bell from the Hospital of the Assumption; the cast- iron water pump and stone drinking trough last seen in Cathedral Street, etc. etc.? Unconfirmed rumours have it that it will be confined to a carpark.

Perhaps the fate of this 1798 monument has been discussed by local elected Councillors and now one or more elected members might like to inform our readers regarding its planned future.

After all public feedback is high on the list of Tipperary Co. Council’s daily priorities.