Hartstown TY students revamp classic to deliver ‘What has the EU ever done for us?’

by Rose Barrett
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A collaboration between Europe Direct (ED) Blanchardstown Library and Transition Year Students at Hartstown Community School in Dublin 15 saw a project deliver a short film entitled: “What has the EU ever done for us?”

On Tuesday, December 6 last, the students premiered the film at Europe Direct Centre, Blanchardstown Library, to great acclaim.

The premiere was attended by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony and County Librarian Betty Boardman. Video addresses by MEPs Frances Fitzgerald, Clare Daly and Ciaran Cuffe were also shown on the night.

Hartstown Community School Transition Year Coordinator Noel Wade, the students involved in making the film and their parents were also in attendance.

The objective of the film itself is to showcase the benefits to Ireland of European Union membership since 1973. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Irish accession to the then European Economic Community. Europe Direct Blanchardstown plans to promote this film throughout this EU50 year of events to mark this historic moment.

Students at Hartstown Community School re-wrote a script produced by the Europe Direct Centre several years ago and adapted it for a younger audience. The script itself is based on the famous scene from the film, The Life of Brian, “What have the Romans ever done for us?”.

The short film was filmed by videographer Adam O’Connor at Blanchardstown Library in May 2022. The students involved spent a day shooting, re-shooting and re-writing scenes in between takes.

The full film crew consisted of Hartstown Community School students

Co Director Rebecca Fitzgerald Photo by Kevin McFeely for Coalesce
  • Directors – Rebecca Fitzgerald and Rebecca Pintican,
  • Actors – Keeley Donoghue, Scott Foley, Amy Devoy and Maeve Fernandez,
  • Production Assistants – Leo Galvin and Holly Burns,
  • Crew Members – Clara Tataru and Jess Finnegan,

Crew included: videographer Adam O’Connor, Teachers and Producers  Mr Keogh and Mr Wade, and Scriptwriter/Producer – Barry O’Carroll.

Photo by Kevin McFeely for Coalesce

Fingal County Librarian Betty Boardman above said: “Enormous credit is due to Transition Year Students at Hartstown Community School and to staff at Europe Direct, Blanchardstown Library, who have produced an informative and entertaining video on the benefits of European Union (EU) membership to Ireland. After almost 50 years of membership, it’s good to be reminded, particularly by young students, about how the EU impacts our lives.”

The short film can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZptRnWOkNIA

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