Last month, Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan paid a visit to Loreto Kilkenny.
It marked the first day of Eco-Action Week in the school and also it marked the launch of the Transition Year cookbook ‘Let’s Get Kilkenny Cooking’ – the brainchild of Ms Mackey’s Fourth Year Enterprise class. The proceeds are in aid of the Carlow-Kilkenny Homecare Team. It is full of delicious and easy to prepare recipes contributed by local celebrities such as Tommy Walsh and Eddie Keher.
On the morning of Minister Hogan’s visit, the library was decorated appropriately with posters for Eco-Action Week as well as posters showing the seven CSPE concepts. In the corner was a booth launching the new cookbook.
The whole place was buzzing. Girls from the orchestra were playing music and the Green Schools committee were busy making sure everything was ready.
The excitement was palpable amongst the school attendees including contributors to the cookbook, teachers and representatives from all the classes. In addition, special guests were invited including members of the Parents’ Association, Mayor David Fitzgerald, representatives from the Kilkenny Enterprise Board, members of the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team and Dr Ian Wilson.
When Mr Hogan arrived Mrs Glynn, the Green Schools co-ordinator, opened the proceedings. The Minister was then welcomed by two Transition Year students from the Green Schools Committee, Louise McKenna and Sinead Doran, and by Principal Keher.
Before the minister spoke, two Transition Enterprise students Kate Wiley and Caroline Roche presented him with his own copy of the cookbook. This was followed by Mr Hogan officially opening “Eco-Action Week” in our school. He spoke about how people are much more aware of their responsibility to the environment now and that there are plenty of projects to help the environment. €5 million is available for rural development project.
‘Let’s Get Kilkenny Cooking’ is available in the school costing €5.