Home Schooling & Christmas Lights for Cancer – A Current Affair – Episode 139

Today on ‘A Current Affair’ we ask the question “What would life be like without school?”. Breifne is joined by Gwen Murphy, a home education tutor ahead of a presentation she is giving in Ardcarne on Tuesday morning. We also take a look at a lovely story that’s sure to light up Christmas in Drumshanbo.

An advocate of educating children in the home Gwen shares the advantages and disadvantages of formal education and speaks about common misconceptions that exist around the provision of education for children in this country.

While it’s might not be suitable for the majority of students or parents from a practical and social viewpoint, Gwen shares some success stories of home schooled children and the freedom that the arrangement can create for a family and the child themselves.

Ms. Murphy will be speaking at a specially hosted event in Ardcarne at 11am on Tuesday morning. All interested in the subject of home based education are welcome to attend.

We also hear from Drumshanbo man Denis O’Brien who for years has been lighting up his home with festive cheer on the hilly road in Drumshanbo to celebrate Christmas. Recently he has created a donation bucket with the money going to a different charity each year. This year his chosen charity is St. Luke’s Hospital in Rathgar, in honour of his friend Mary Reynolds who is in remission from her own second battle with cancer.

The official switching on of the lights takes place this evening at 6pm with a very special guest. Noel McPartland, Leitrim’s Person of the Year for 2020.


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