07 March 2012

High-Five-ing Taoiseach Greets Lucan Community College Students

There were high-fives galore on Friday in Lucan Community College as An Taoiseach and local Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, marked the 25th anniversary of the Lucan school. An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, amused students as he walked the guard of honour of 800 students lined up around the parameters of the school highfive-ing them and stopping to chat to teachers and pupils along the way.

Flanked by local Minister Frances Fitzgerald and politicians Deputy Keating, Deputy Tuffy, Deputy Dowds, Mayor Jones, Cllrs Tuffy, Lavelle and Higgins, An Taoseach officially opened the schools new garden and unveiled a monument celebrating the schools German exchange programme before giving a speech in the assembly hall.

“It was a fantastic celebration. I think The Taoiseach enjoyed the high-five-athon just as much as the students,” said Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

“The Principal, Diane Birnie, put together a great line-up for the event which included the opening of a lovely garden at the entrance to the school and a celebration of the relationship between the students here in Lucan and students in Germany who they visit as part of their German Exchange Programme. An Taoiseach and I were delighted to get the chance to meet Gavin Pacini, a student of Lucan Community College, who together with classmates created ‘Smash the Word’ – a language learning app. Gavin is a reminder of the talent and potential of every student here in Lucan and it fantastic to see him making such a splash on the modern market at the tender age of 15,” said Fitzgerald.

“As the Taoiseach said during his address, it is vital that every young person is aware of their own potential and encouraged to unleash that potential. As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs I have had the pleasure of meeting many young social entrepreneurs and I am working hard with my Cabinet colleagues to create an economy where our young people can thrive,” continued Fitzgerald.

“I would like to congratulate the school, its principal and vice-principal and all the staff and students for putting together such an uplifting event. Lucan Community College has had a fantastic record over the last 25 years and I’ve no doubt that they have many more successful years ahead of them,” concluded Fitzgerald.