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Boy’s Stories Intergenerational Story Exchange

“boys should talk about their stories and not be afraid to tell their story.”

Fifth Class student from Corpus Christi
  • ‘Is it okay for a man to cry? Should boys and men talk to each other about their experiences? What does it even mean to be a man in Limerick in 2019?’

These were some of the questions addressed by participants of the Narrative 4  ‘Boys Stories’ project made up of 67 boys from three primary schools in Limerick City, five members of the Moyross Youth Academy and 32 men.

Participants discussed gender stereotypes, learned about storytelling and explored boundaries. By choosing stories from their own lives about being a boy or man, and sharing it with the intergenerational group, they gained an empathetic insight, and a greater understanding of masculinity from the group.

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“boys should talk about their stories and not be afraid to tell their story.”

A fifth class student from Corpus Christi National School

“Every story has helped me to know each person here a little bit better. My story is everybody’s story.”

Michael Ryan, principal of Our Lady Queen of Peace

Participating schools:

  • Corpus Christi Primary School; Moyross
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace National School; Janesboro
  • St. John the Baptist Boys National School; Garryowen
  • Moyross Youth Academy.

Facilitated by N4 facilitators Caitlin Lewis and Richie Hannafin

Read about the Boy’s Stories project in the Limerick Post.