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LCC in 1986- The Joe Jackson Video

When I became Principal of Lucan Vocational School in 1983, I decided to use my involvement in Writing to the advantage of the School, and vice versa, so I initiated this project. It had three strands. Strand 1 was the appointment of the first Writer-in-Residence in Ireland, Joe Jackson, who has now made public this wonderful video account of his year working in the school in 1986. Strand 2 was the organisation of a programme of workshops, across all genres, given by established writers for new or aspiring writers. Strand 3 was the employment of the poet, Padraig McGrane to do research and admin – this enabled me to launch the Irish Writers Union and the Irish Writers Centre. All of this new ground was broken in Lucan.
Anthony Malone who was a student in the school at the time, subsequently a teacher, and now a lecturer in the Education Department of NUI Maynooth, comments on the Joe Jackson video: ‘It brought back such great memories. It was such a genuinely transformative experience for me and was the beginning of my lifelong love of the arts.’
–   Jack Harte