Dublin GAA and Dublin City Council have teamed up with an initiative to get children reading with ‘Sky Blue Stars: the Dublin GAA Activity Book’.
This exciting new book will be given free-of-charge to every 6th class pupil in Dublin City, who will all be invited down to their local library for a class tour/event.
‘Sky Blue Stars’, a children’s literacy initiative by Dublin City Libraries, was launched in Croke Park by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste, and the Dublin City Librarian Mairead Owens. Dublin star players Chloe Darby; Eilish O’Dowd; Lee Gannon, and Aisling Maher came along to show their support, bringing with them the Sam Maguire and Brendan Martin Cups.
The Lord Mayor said, ‘I am delighted to launch the Sky Blue Stars Children’s Literacy Project today in Croke Park. This summer Dubliners thrilled to the heroics of our men’s and ladies’ Gaelic football teams. I hope that their achievements will inspire 6th class children throughout the city to engage with the Sky Blue Stars project. Up the Dubs!’
In addition to receiving a copy of ‘Sky Blue Stars’, every 6th class in Dublin City will be invited to attend GAA-themed events in branch libraries over the next few months. Some events will form part of the annual Children’s Book Festival, while others will be delivered in collaboration with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Fighting Words.
Also speaking at the launch was Dublin City Librarian, Mairead Owens, who said, ‘Dublin City Libraries is delighted to provide this literacy and numeracy activity book for 6th class children in Dublin City. We are always eager to welcome children to their local libraries and with this great support of the Dublin County Board, we know we’ll see even more young readers in our branches’.
National schools in the Dublin City Council area will shortly receive an invitation from their local library to get active with ‘Sky Blue Stars: the Dublin GAA Activity Book’.