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Empathy education: ‘It’s just as important as maths or Stem subjects’ (The Irish Times)

Jul 11, 2020
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Actor Cillian Murphy, who is involved in the NUI Galway/Unesco “activating social empathy” project, alongside students who have taken part in the project. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw. The recent suicide of UK television presenter Caroline Flack shone a spotlight on online abuse and how people who are decent and mannerly to each other’s faces can often be cruel…

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From the Newsletter

Jan 25, 2020
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11/12/2020 Colm Mac Con Iomaire Launches Our 2020 Annual Report 18/10/2020 Autumn Newsletter 02/09/2020   Join Sting and an incredible N4 crew for Synchronicity! 09/06/2020   Summer 2020 Newsletter: From Social Distancing to Social Connection 22/11/2019 Narrative 4 Christmas Themed Night of Music and Story 21/10/2020   N4  Ireland Autumn 2019 Newsletter  09/08/2019 Dream Team…

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Colum McCann and friends to make Narrative 4 Christmas Celebration a Night to Remember

Dec 6, 2019
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Limerick-based charity Narrative 4 has announced an all-star line-up for its annual Christmas party fundraiser. Internationally acclaimed author and organisation co-founder Colum McCann will join violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire, local legends the Brad Pitt Light Orchestra and bestselling novelist Ruth Gilligan for what looks set to be a night to remember at Thirteen Fourteen…

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The Empathy Conference 2019

Sep 14, 2019
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The Empathy Conference was open to the 100 secondary school teachers and youth workers, from across the country, who had completed training upto that point. The educators presented updates from the field and shared their Story Exchange practices.

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Boy’s Stories Intergenerational Story Exchange

Sep 12, 2019
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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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Artist in Schools

Apr 14, 2019
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In total 423 students completed the Story exchange with over 90 workshops (September to March 2020) The project sought to firmly embed a new evidence base programme in two secondary schools and pilot a new model for engagement with schools. The programme aimed to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the students by putting a focus on personal development, empathy and compassion within the classroom.

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Project Art-iculate

Aug 14, 2018
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This project worked with 15 Syrian young people who have been resettled here as part of the government resettlement scheme. The project was a partnership between artist Sheila Richardson, Narrative 4, Doras Luimní and Limerick City and County Council.

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Telling the Other Story, Narratives without Borders

Aug 14, 2018
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Fifteen youth from three schools in Birmingham (Earls High School, Joseph Chamberlain College and Holyhead School) travelled to Narrative 4 in Limerick for a three-day cultural programme. In Limerick they met with fifteen youth from the city (Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh) and together worked with renowned British and Irish authors, visited museums and acquired new creative writing skills; as well as taking part in a Story Exchange with each other.

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Rethink Ireland – Youth Mental Health Award

Aug 14, 2018
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Narrative 4 won the Youth Mental Health Award in 2018. This four year funding award of €300,000, plus supports, recognises Narrative 4’s innovative approach to youth mental health. Funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

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Narrative 4 Ireland’s “Boys’ Stories” Explores What it Means to be a Man

Mar 20, 2018
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What does it mean to be a man in the twenty-first century? In Limerick, Narrative 4 Ireland’s “Boys’ Stories” partnered primary school boys with men in their community to explore questions and stereotypes about masculinity. According to N4 Ireland Regional Director James Lawlor, “There was so much wisdom in the room. The participants learned that…

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