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2020 Irish News Young News Reader Project

21st November 2019


The Irish News Young News Readers (YNRs) project is looking for any schools interested in participating in the initiative in 2020. The literacy levels of pupils in County Antrim are ranked among the lowest in Europe. The YNRs programme has been developed in partnership with St Mary’s University College to improve pupils’ critical literacy skills. In an exciting new development for 2020 the Irish News will be introducing Annette Kelly of ‘Little Penny Thoughts’ as the School Edition guest editor. Every week pupils will have the opportunity to write their own positive thoughts and send them across for publication in the School Edition. Plus every school that signs up will be automatically entered into a draw to WIN a ‘Little Penny Thoughts’ workshop delivered by Annette for their school.

Key features of the project;

  • All pupils will receive a weekly copy of the bespoke Irish News School Edition
  • Teachers will receive a YNRs Literacy Resource booklet, developed by St Mary’s University College
  • 8 weeks of independent & directed learning activities that offer a stimulating way to challenge young readers’ knowledge & understanding of the news
  • A tailored School Edition offers you and your pupils a brilliant opportunity to learn about the world around them in 2020 with age appropriate content that has been edited for the key stage 2 & 3 audience
  • The school edition will have a strong focus on GAA content with school gaelic games covered extensively

You can register at

If you have any additional questions you can contact John Brolly on

Picture: Launching the 2020 Irish News Young News Reader Project Special Guest Editor is Professor Peter Finn, Principal of St. Marys University College, Annette Kelly, Special Guest Editor and of Little Penny Thoughts and John Brolly Irish News Marketing Manager

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