Rebecca Feeney-Barry and Emily Plunket, from Transition Year, who were also two of the production's prompters, here review Twelfth Night.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Then a form of a biography : In the Dark Room- a journey in memory, by Brian Dillon. The author meditates about his home, his childhood and the ways we remember and forget. A touch of W.G.Sebald about this. Again, always absorbing. Much of the best work we receive in our Work Portfolios in the Transition Year is driven by memories of childhood; Dillon writes about our first homes that 'in the furrows and expanses of the house, we uncover for the first time the surfaces on which memory and imagination can be sent in motion, safely sliding from room to room ... to remember such a place is to reconnect with our most solitary sense of ourselves.'
JMG, English Department
Saturday, November 25, 2006
VI formers, studying Yeats for the Leaving Certificate, will also shortly each receive a copy of this week's Irish Independent supplement on Yeats, and we will be organising trips to the Library. The four films shown in the exhibition are now available on DVD, which we have bought for use in class. The exhibition is long-term, and expected to last three years.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
'Autumn's pale sun shimmers
In the crisp, clear sky.
The last butterfly helplessly
Beats against a pane of glass ...'
For the full poem, click here.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Transition Year pupils have now completed their major project, the Extended Essays. These will also feature here within the next fortnight.
Exams start tomorrow, followed by an Exodus weekend off.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
A plug for a new book by an Old Columban, photographer James Fennell (together with writer Turtle Bunbury), which is now in our Library - Vanishing Ireland, published recently by Hodder Headline. This is a stunning collection of portraits, with James's beautiful pictures vividly bringing alive an Ireland which is being rapidly overtaken by a very different society. To see some of these photographs, click here.
Monday, November 13, 2006
For those attending, here is a link to a page from the programme, describing the set-up for the plot, and commenting on the play.
Next week, we will post a review of the production by Sophie Haslett, V form.
Below, Ben Russell in full flow preparing for the part of Malvolio, Olivia's steward.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Today the London Independent books section featured an article about Owen's early life by the poet Paul Harley, and this is Wilfred Owen Week on BBC Radio 3.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
'To do something for the pure pleasure and beauty of doing it. Think of the effort involved, the long hours of practice and discipline required to become an accomplished pianist or dancer. All the suffering and hard work, all the sacrifices in order to achieve something that is utterly and magnificently ... useless.
Fiction, however, exists in a somewhat different realm from the other arts. Its medium is language, and language is something we share with others, that is common to us all. From the moment we learn to talk, we begin to develop a hunger for stories. Those of us who can remember our childhoods will recall how ardently we relished the moment of the bedtime story, when our mother or father would sit down beside us in the semi-dark and read from a book of fairy tales.
Read the full article here.