Drogheda Minds Exhibiton


Drogheda Minds is a new community-wide project that puts ‘mindfulness’ very much at the fore of how we interact with our classmates, friends, parents, colleagues, teachers and so on.

Drogheda Minds is the Drogheda Local Education Committee’s 2014 follow-up initiative to Drogheda Reads Roddy Doyle and Drogheda Counts – both very successful community projects involving school children and their families.

Following an art competition in the participating schools, a wonderful exhibition of over 1500 posters – everybody who took part - took place in the Barbican Centre on January 29th 2014.

The four deserving winners in each category were:

Senior Secondary/Youthreach
Anastasija Kurakina                                   
Class 63                   
St. Oliver’s Community College
Junior Secondary
Ryan Collier                                     
Class 2 Moy                                     
St. Oliver’s Community College
Senior Primary
Adam Flood                                     
6th Class                   
St. Paul’s National School
Junior Primary
Zoe Donnelly                                               
1st Class
Marymount Girls’ National School


Posters and bookmarks detailing where young and old can find help and support have been developed from the winning entries and these are on display in schools, public offices, surgeries and sporting organisations across Drogheda.

Mayor of Drogheda, Cllr Richie Culhane welcomed everybody to the event before Gretta Bohan, Chairperson, Drogheda Local Education Committee, outlined how the initiative came about. John Ruddy from the Connect Family Resource Centre in Moneymore, who oversaw the staging of the event, explained the inspiration behind the spectacular exhibition.

Drogheda Local Education Committee chairperson Gretta Bohan said: "we promised every young person who participated in the design competition that their poster would be displayed and that's exactly what happened. We hope this event will go a long way to raise awareness around mental health.”

The members of the Steering Committee of Drogheda Minds are the Home School Community Liaison from Presentation NS, St. Joseph’s CBS NS, St. Patrick’s BNS, St. Brigid’s GNS, St. John’s JNS, St. Paul’s SNS, Marymount GNS and St. Oliver’s Community College, Holy Family Parish School Completion Programme, Boomerang Youth Cafe, Connect Family Resource Centre, Culture Connect, ISPCC Drogheda, Louth Leader Partnership, Drogheda Library, Drogheda Borough Council/RAPID Programme and Louth Meath Education & Training Board

The adjudicating panel consisted of:

Aoife Ruane, Highlanes Gallery

Anne Keaveney, Drogheda Library

Siobhan Sweetman, Artist/The Art Office

Maurice Dillon, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, HSE


Senior Secondary/Youthreach
Anastasija Kurakina  
Junior Secondary
Ryan Collier


Senior Primary Adam Flood


Junior Primary Zoe Donnelly


Click on the following link to see a selection of photos from the exhibition: Drogheda Minds Pictures 

Please feel free to download and print off the Drogheda Minds Bookmark: Bookmark