thank you all

1. Marie Finn, Philomena Donnelly & Joan Keating speakers on ‘Thinking Time’. Also thanks to Margaret Sorohan who chaired the session.

2. Pupils from St Ciaran’s Community School, Kells & Ballinamore Community School, Leitrim talking about ‘Class Swap’. This session was chaired by Martin O’Reilly, Principal St Oliver Post Primary, Oldcastle.

3.Seated: Dermot Dix, Eugene McGee and Paul Beddy, speakers on the ‘Playing the Game’ panel. Standing is Joe Humphreys, Education Correspondent the Irish Times who chaired.

4. The ‘Everything’s an Educator’ panel (LtoR): Carmel Duffy, Grace Lawlor and Aidan Walsh, with John Harnett, from An Taisce who chaired the session.

5. John Quinn interviewed Thomas Pakenham in Matthews Auction Rooms, Oldcastle

6. Some of the artists exhibiting with PRO for the Gilson Summer School, Tracey Holsgrove, (LtoR): Margaret McKenna, (Tracey), Dave Gavin, Eleanor Thompson and Lisa Brady.

7. Keynote speaker, Declan Coyle.

8. Brendan Holland from the Killeeshil & Clonaneese Historical Society with Mary O’Rourke who launched the Summer School.

9. Mary O’Rourke with artist Brendan Melia and his family.

10. Some of the Summer School committee members with Brendan Holland and other members of the Killeeshil & Clonaneese Historical Society (KCHS): Standing LtoR: Malachy Hand, Martin Shortt, member KCHS, Gerry Boylan, Sue Russell, Fidelma Gibney, Tracey Holsgrove, Tommy Moore. Seated: member KCHS and Brendan Holland.

11. Some of the audience at the Transition Year’s presentation in St Oliver Post Primary, Oldcastle.

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Learning from the world around us!

Below is the presentation given by Aidan Walsh at this year’s Summer School in the session ‘Everything’s an Educator’. There are some brilliant sources/resources here for anyone who is interested in archaeology and what we can learn from it about ourselves and our history.

You can download the presentation here: Learning from the world around us, Aidan Walsh

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Gilson Summer School Programme 2014

Gilson Summer School Programme 2014

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Declan Coyle, ‘The Green Platform’ Keynote Speaker, 2014


We are delighted to announce that Declan Coyle will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Gilson Summer School.

He is one of Ireland’s most internationally experienced leadership training and development consultants. He is also much sought after as a conference keynote speaker. Declan is also the author of ‘The Green Platform: Simply Life Changing’ a system developed to help people make more positive choices in their personal, business or sporting lives when facing large or small crises and difficulties

He delivers Keynote addresses  to Blue Chip companies, Government Departments, Sports Teams and Individuals. He works with diverse sectors including Banking and Financial Services, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Information Technology, Insurance, Regulatory Bodies, Professional Services and Unions.

Declan regularly addresses and inspires senior management teams and CEOs in companies across the globe: Ireland, USA, Canada, Brazil, UK, Holland, France, Italy, Hungary, Ukraine, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, The Philippines, and Australia.

And he is coming to Oldcastle in May 2014!

You can read more about Declan’s approach to life here and about The Green Platform.

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Summer School Dates Announced

The 2014 Gilson Summer School will take place over the weekend of 9th and 10th May.

Among the events already planned is a Symposium on the teaching of philosophy in Irish Primary Schools. Education of recent years has placed great emphasis on children learning to ‘think’ as opposed to rote learning without reflection. The importance of encouraging critical and imaginative thinking and indeed critical spirit in children is seen as central to our social, economic and cultural future.  Philosophy is one way of engaging in abstract thought and is therefore much more than a pleasant activity for young children.

The symposium will included a paper from a staff member of a school in Co. Cavan that has integrated Thinking Time into their 3rd and 4th classes’ curriculum.

If you would like to present a paper, suggest a topic or would simply like more information, please email us

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Highlights of Gilson Summer School 2013

We will shortly be announcing the dates, themes and speakers for the 2014 Summer School, but in the meantime, here are some of the highlights of the 2013 Gilson Summer School:

If you’d like to read our Report, you can download it from the link below:

Report on Gilson Summer School 2013

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The Singing Voice

As if there wasn’t enough going on in Oldcastle for the Gilson Summer School, we’ve added a new Talk & Workshop with Mallika McCarthy!

‘The Singing Voice: A Human Birthright’

2.30pm, Saturday 11 May, @ Gilson Summer School, Oldcastle

A talk and voice workshop based around the idea that singing is as natural as breathing; exploring how we can learn to navigate the landscape of our voices outside of classical tuition styles; highlighting inclusive, experiential learning, and working with playful tools which allow us to access the freedom of our natural voices, and open up and deepen our singing experience.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Talk followed by Workshop starts 2.30pm, Cost €10. Register

Or at Gilson Summer School Office, Gilson School, Church St, Oldcastle on Saturday 11th May (office opens at 10am).

Download more details here: Voice Workshop

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