Hospital Arts Festival hits John the Baptist CS

The staff and students of John the Baptist C.S. were treated to a cornucopia of artistic endeavours and projects from the 14th to the 18th of September in honour of the Hospital Arts Festival. In its inaugural year, a wide array of events took place across the school, from anti-bullying programmes with Humourfit Drama Group to talks on John B. Keane with PJ Lynch, to drama workshops to readings from renowned poet Thomas McCarthy.

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The school was also honoured with a visit from Elma Walsh, the mother of the late Donal Walsh, cancer sufferer and anti-suicide campaigner. Mrs. Walsh, of the #Live/Life Foundation, spoke to Sixth Years about the importance of life, taking every opportunity and the role of spirituality.

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Sixty Transition Year student also took part in a pageant, entitled "The History of the Knights Hospitaliers", on Sunday afternoon, a re-enactment of a battle between the Knights Hospitalier and Turkish forces. Students in the school got a sneak peak of the pageant as a closing event to the Arts Festival in JBCS on Friday the 18th. 


The school has been delighted to be involved in the programme of events, culminating in a staging of John B. Keane's "The Matchmaker", starring Mary McAvoy ("Glenroe") and Jon Kenny of "D'Unbelievables" fame.