Collaboration Counts: Wexford and Dublin schools join forces to enhance the adult education experienceRead Now
Schools within the NACED organisation often co-operate on classes. In fact, in April 2018, St Colmcille’s Community School in Dublin’s Knocklyon and Gorey Community School, Co. Wexford collaborated on a Saturday workshop in metalcraft.
Twelve men from the Metalcraft class in St Colmcille’s travelled to Gorey to receive instruction in traditional ironcraft from master blacksmith Finin Liam Christie. Finin runs a very popular night class in metalcraft in the north Wexford school. Based in Coolgreaney, Co Wexford, he is passionate about traditional steel and ironworks - nothing is welded. He makes traditional gates, railings, tools, swords, axes, commissioned sculptures, bottle openers, hammers and train sets.
For the Dublin class, this was a great opportunity to learn from an internationally renowned craftsman, who sells to Australia, Brazil, the UK, the US, Germany and further afield - all from his Facebook page!
The class proved a great hit and is an example of how schools can collaborate with each other – to the benefit of class participants!
Pictures above (left to right) Blacksmith Finin Liam Christie passing on his skills to the Metalcraft class from St Colmcille’s Community School in the Gorey Community School workshop where Finin is a tutor; Just one of the pieces produced at the workshop; No class is complete without a cup of tea!