CALL OUT! The Ark’s Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire Project.

The Ark are looking for past pupils of Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, Parnell Square Dublin to take part in our latest community engagement project.

We are looking for past pupils of all ages to talk to Ark Artist in Residence Shaun Dunne about their experiences and memories of their old school.

As part of the Ark’s ongoing engagement work Shaun Dunne, documentary theatre-artist, film-maker and Ark Artist in Residence will return to his primary school to develop a participative short film with present and past students of Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, Parnell Square. This is an intergenerational project, involving older and younger alumni of the Gaelscoil. It is also a bilingual project, as our workshops are conducting through both Irish and English. The project follows the success of the Ark’s work with St. Patrick’s National School, Ringsend last year, when we made The First Was a Boy which will soon be shown at the Virgin Media International Dublin Film Festival.

The Ark’s Artist in Residence, Shaun Dunne, and the Ark’s Project Coordinator, Liam McCarthy, have met with pupils from the school on several occasions between October of 2018 and February of 2019. Our workshops have taken place entirely as Gaeilge.

Shaun will later transform their perspective into a new work for the screen. This inter-generational, Irish language short will then blur perspective between past and present pupils- culminating in a stylistic representation of various student experiences across space and time. As the old Gaelscoil Cholaiste Mhuire building on Parnell Square moves steadily towards transformation (with a new school building earmarked), this film will work as a window into the school's lived history through the eyes and words of pupils past and present.

If you were a student at Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire and would like to participate by contrubuting your thoughts or experiences as part of a focus group for the project please contact Liam at The Ark on

Project supported by: The Arts Council and Dublin City Council Arts Office & Neighbourhood Grant Scheme