MEITHEAL

MEITHEAL

Well done to Colaiste Eoin Meitheal members on completing their Meitheal program. The group Colm Keogh, Rory McKiernan, Eoghan Byrne, Kevin Joyce, Shannagh Goetelan, Julia Lambert, Edel Byrne, Sophie Byrne and Arleen Kinch recently graduated from the programme. Meitheal is a leadership programme which operates in 19 secondary schools in the Kildare and Leighlin diocese. The name Meitheal was taken from an old tradition in the west. Farmers living in the same area would have a Meitheal every year, the whole idea being that they would work together to bring in their crops. This built up strong friendships and respect among the people involved in the Meitheal. The Meitheal programme is designed to educate and empower young people in their schools. The students, leaders and others educate each other through leadership, taking action, liturgy, reflection and evaluation. All students who participate on the programme have to attend a week’s training course. The chosen group then look after the school’s First Year group who may find things overwhelming as they embark on their second-level education. This year’s group was very successful as they co-ordinated activities ranging from discos to games to trips to mental awareness activities. The group graduated in Askea church where the Bishop chose to discuss the skills they had acquired and their potential use in life addressed them. Well done to all involved

Liz Farrell
Liz Farrell