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Highlights of the 2009-2010 One Book One Community project

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In 2009 we chose The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo.

The project was launched on 6th November 2009 at 11.00 a.m. in Terence MacSwiney Community College with special guest Seán Óg Ó hAilpín.We are delighted to announce that the project won first prize in its group in the AIB Better Ireland Awards, in April 2010, winning a prize of €5000.

Scroll down for a photo gallery of events to remind you of what went on during the year.

About The Book

The Butterfly Lion by Michael MorpurgoMichael runs away from school. An old lady gives him shelter from the rain and tells him a story: 'Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie grows up and goes to war in France. One day he sees a familiar face on a circus poster.'

  • Michael, the runaway boy
  • Millie
  • Bertie
  • the white lion
  • Bertie's parents
  • Monsieur Merlot

Activities to download

Butterfly Lion Colouring Competition  Butterfly Lion colouring page (PDF file, 406 KB) 
Make a White Lion

Make a white lion from pipe cleaners and wool. Download instructions in PDF format!

lioncraft  Make A White Lion (PDF file, 527 KB) 

Events Photo gallery

Launch of One Book Community 6th November 2009, with children from local schools, parents and members of the community, featuring Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Unity Drummers. Click on the thumbnails to see each photograph.

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Butterfly Lion Art Workshop in Hollyhill Library on Saturday, 5 December. Click on the thumbnails to see each photograph.

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One Book One Community Colouring Competition. Congratulations to winners Rebekah, Nikita and Caroline. Winners pictured below. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

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Make a White Lion craft workshop, Hollyhill Library, 30 January 2010.

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Winners of the One Book One Community art competition, with City Librarian, Liam Ronayne, and Hollyhill Librarian, Ann Riordan. 2 February 2010.

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Butterfly Lion murals by pupils of St Mary's On The Hill National School, facilitated by Oceans of Notions.

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Face Painting and Story Sacks at the Family Centre

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Flying kites for the Lifelong Learning Festival (photos and article courtesy of the Evening Echo).

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Art Exhibition

As part of the One Book One Community project, Hollyhill Library held an art competition for children. Children were invited to read an extract from The Butterfly Lion, and to draw what they read. 73 entries were received, and Hollyhill Library is proud to display these entries in an online exhibition.

Three winners and three runners-up were chosen:

Eugene O’Brien, St Mary’s on the Hill National School
Amy O’Regan, St Mary’s on the Hill National School
Kyle O’Keeffe, Scoil Padre Pio

Runners Up:
Saoirse Peyton, Sunday’s Well Girls National School
Katie Morey, St Mary’s on the Hill National School
Shane Cronin, St Mary’s on the Hill National School

Well done all! 

Click on the thumbnails to see each entry up close.

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Patrick Connors Jonathon Doherty Kathleen Kiely Megan O'Callaghan
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Jessica Downey Nicole Walsh Kyle O'Keeffe Stephen Dempsey
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Stephen Dempsey Emma O'Leary Taylor Ann Roche Name not given
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Petr Craig McCarthy Jodie Niamh Logan
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Chloe Murphy  Danielle Duggan  Megan Foley  Stephanie Kenny 
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Leah Hurley  Megan Murphy  Pádraig Murphy  Shannon Murphy 
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Craig Conroy Rebecca Kenny Cian Russell Kayleigh Good
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Aoife Victoria Murray Nathan O'Connell Chelsea Murphy
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Ryan Harrington Jonathan Sweeney Calvin Twohig Craig Corriea
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Shane Hendrik Eugene Carroll Paddy O'Driscoll Chloe Healy
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Kyle Crinnion Chloe O'Driscoll Kieran McCabe Kian Fitzgerald
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Wayne Connolly Taylor Duggan Kelvin O'Driscoll Katie Morey
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Shane Purcell Gavin McSweeney Jordan Twomey Niamh O'Sullivan
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Amy O'Regan Blake Cashman Niamh Cotter Dean Murphy
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Kayleigh O'Driscoll Meagan Dwyer Dylan Shane Cronin
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Sylvia Dolan Eugene O'Brien Shauna-Leigh
Kevin Buckley
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Saoirse Peyton Stephen Barrett Ciarán Dennehy Darren White
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David Wayne Collins Alan Raggett Novajoy Imbarlin
Garreth Collins