Pupils paint a magic future for Limerick bus service

Students and teachers from the Catherine McAuley school admiring their work.

STUDENTS from Catherine McAuley, St Patrick’s BNS and St Patricks GNS displayed their inspiration at five city centre bus shelters in Limerick following the first Green Schools Bus Stop Art Competition.

With the objective of displaying the art beneath the advertisement slot at bus stops, students were invited to create either a “magical bus stop” or a stop “of the future”.

Facilitated with the support of the National Transport Authority (NTA), the Green Schools pilot program was designed to promote public transport networks across the school system, including Limerick, Waterford, and Kilkenny.

The Limerick Bus Stop Art Competition was one of three pilot competitions delivered with the support of the NTA by Green Schools, a nationwide environmental management programme within the education sector.

The art competition began by providing students with a first-hand experience of the city bus and highlighted more eco-friendly transport options available to students.

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Afterwards, schools organised class trips to view their art at the various stops. Students taking part in the competition were given a €50 voucher for art supplies, along with Leap cards to take their guardians along with a framed copy of their artwork.

Greens Schools hopes to roll out a national version of the competition across next year.

Alison Philips, Green Schools Travel Programme manager said that “Green-Schools Travel was delighted to bring this competition to Limerick and further our work in the promotion of sustainable travel options in school communities in a new, relevant, and meaningful way”.