About a year ago, a teacher at St Joseph’s College in Lucan emailed us to inquire about educational subscriptions. He wanted to use our newspaper in his Politics and Society class.
Coincidentally, about the same time, one of our long-time subscribers emailed to ask to sponsor a subscription for someone who wanted one.
We connected them. Since then, we’ve been posting our monthly print edition to the school.
“I am using it a lot in class,” says the teacher, Peter Barry. “I have a class set aside for the newspapers, Sunday Times, Sindo, etc. I also include the Inquirer in that class. Because my students and myself live in Lucan the articles are very relevant.”
Since that’s been working well, we’re looking to expand this programme – connecting teachers who want to use our paper in their classes, with people willing to sponsor subscriptions for them.
That’ll help us, enabling us to do more quality, independent local journalism. A publication’s financial model profoundly shapes the way it covers the news, and we’re reader-funded, which means our first loyalty is to our subscribers, not advertisers, or anyone else.
It’ll also help the teachers and students. “It’s a very interesting idea because apart from the obvious benefit of access to relevant political info, the idea of a school being ‘sponsored’ by an individual creates links between the school(s) and community/society. This is very significant,” says Barry.
For every subscription someone sponsors for one of these teachers and their students, we’ll provide a second one for that class for free – doubling the impact of that gift.
Barry put us in touch with the Politics and Society Teachers’ Association of Ireland, which reached out to its members asking if they’d be interested in a subscription to Dublin Inquirer and could put it to good use. Fifteen teachers said they would, and they could.
“The NCCA [National Council for Curriculum and Assessment] developed Politics and Society as a Leaving Certificate subject with the purpose of providing students with opportunities to critically assess information and its sources and to develop skills in gathering and processing information,” said PASTAI Chairperson Bairbre Kennedy.
“Having access to newspapers in the classroom enables students to keep up-to-date with the ever-changing local, national and global environment. Having access to the Dublin Inquirer in classrooms would support teachers bringing the outside world into the classroom, thus making the subject alive for many students,” Kennedy says.
Each class could use five to 10 copies of the paper, Kennedy told us. So we’re looking for sponsors for five subscriptions for each of these teachers’ Politics and Society classes – and we’ll match each of those, bringing the total for each to 10.
Sponsor a Subscription
Here are the teachers who’d like Dublin Inquirer subscriptions for their classes.
Follow the link, and then just fill in the teacher’s name, address and email address from the list below. We’ll keep this list up-to-date and remove any class that gets five subscriptions sponsored.
- Grace Fitzgerald, The High School, Rathgar, Dublin 6, email@example.com
- Kate O’Keeffe, Fingal Community College, Seatown Road, Swords, Co. Dublin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Majella Doherty, Carndonagh Community School, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal, email@example.com
- Alison Cosgrave, Oatlands College, Mount Merrion, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- M. Biggane, Manor House School, Watermill Road, Raheny, Dublin 5, email@example.com
- Naomi Barry, Mean Scoil Mhuire, 5 St. Joseph’s Road, Longford Town, Co. Longford, firstname.lastname@example.org
- S. Courtney, Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, email@example.com
- Hugh Holmes, Newpark Comprehensive, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Marissa Mulhern Lucan Community College, Esker Drive, Lucan, Co. Dublin, email@example.com
- Liz Russell, Gorey Community School, Esmonde Street, Gorey, Co Wexford, Y25 YX29, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joan Christie, Creagh College, Creagh Woods, Gorey, Co. Wexford, email@example.com
- John McGuinness, Temple Carrig School, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Julie Duffy, St. Josephs, Rochfortbridge, Co. Westmeath, email@example.com
- Edel McEnery, St Wolstan’s Community School, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bairbre Kennedy, Malahide Community School, Broomfield, Malahide, Co. Dublin, email@example.com
- Eddie Fox, Griffith Barracks Multi-Denominational School, Dublin 8, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to sponsor another class that’s not on this list, you’re of course welcome to do that. Just follow one of the links above for the type of subscription you’d like to give and then fill in their name and address and an email address in the form email@example.com.
If you’re a teacher and you’d like to be on this list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’re more than happy to add you.