Gortner Abbey TY student were asked to form groups and develop a project around the idea of developing our local community using and identifying our local resources.

In photo left to right – Taryn Kelly (Gortnor Abbey TY Teacher), Linda Kelly (TY student), Emma O’Hora (TY student), Liam Alex Heffron (competition judge), Annette Burke, (chairperson of Nephin’s Haven), Andrew Ward (taking photo), (treasurer). TY student Eilish Gill was absent through illness.
Gortnor Abbey TY Students win Nephin’s Haven Tourist Promotion Competition
26 March 2018
RTE’s Fair City’s Garda Doran, aka actor and competition judge Liam Alex Heffron, was on hand Thursday last at Gortnor Abbey secondary school, Crossmolina, ​to present the winning​ ​students of the Nephin’s Haven Tourist Promotion competition, with vouchers​ ​from Quinn’s chemists.
The winning presentation from students Linda Kelly, Emma O’Hora and Eilish​ ​Gill, focussed on the incredible history of North Mayo and the need for it to be​ ​harnessed by national schools and tourist ventures. The girls proposed​ ​developing a greater awareness of local historical events with more savvy​ ​promotional projects such as ‘Game of Thrones’ style recreations of the 1798​ ​Rebellion and self-guiding heritage trails.
As a former Gortnor Abbey pupil,​ Liam was thrilled with the TY students’​ ​feedback, ‘I am really impressed with their imaginative ideas to make our​ ​communities better for both natives and visitors alike. It bodes well for the future.’​ ​Nephin’s Haven chairperson Annette Burke thanked their teacher Taryn Kelly​ ​and Gortnor Abbey school for helping run the competition, ‘Nephin’s Haven is a​ ​voluntary, coordinating group, assisting local communities to work together in​ ​promoting their own areas of North Mayo and listening to our teenagers is a vital​ ​part of that’.
Below is thier wonderful presentation.

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Presentation of the awards to the winning TY students.