On a cold February morning, 131 class boarded a bus, Limerick bound. After many classes organising, emailing and fundraising. The students, in partial fulfilment of their Junior Cert CSPE exam, participated in an Action Project to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts of Law, Rights and Responsibilities and Democracy.
First stop was the historic 1809 Courthouse, situated in the heart of Limerick City. After a brief tour the students got to observe the court in session. It was sentencing day and students heard the facts and outcomes of the cases.
This was really interesting and prompted a lively debate. They could see for themselves the consequences of breaking the law and this was reinforced by their visit to Limerick Prison. After a gruelling security check, the class were given an informative tour expertly delivered by Ms Marcella Daly, Assistant Chief Officer and proud past pupil of St. Fergal’s. No stone was left unturned with both Male and Female Prisons experienced by students, the history of the building and many fascinating facts on the Irish Penal System. Students were engaged right up to the end asking a flurry of questions and left more confident in their knowledge of the concept of the Law.