JCSP Library in St. Kevin’s College, Crumlin is relaunched as the ‘Lynott Library’

by: Kathleen Moran

A commemorative silver coin marking 70 years since rock artist Phil Lynott was born was launched by the Central Bank and unveiled by President Michael D. Higgins on November 26th. The launch took place in St. Kevin’s College, Crumlin, Dublin – the school Lynott attended in his youth.

Every student and staff member, as well as members of the Lynott family, assembled in the Sports Centre to hear the St. Kevin’s College Brass Band (ably led on trombone by St. Kevin’s JCSP Librarian, Neil Kettles) perform a medley of Thin Lizzy songs, and listen to a fascinating address from President Michael D. Higgins. 

Speaking at the launch, President Higgins said Lynott was “not likely to be forgotten,” and that it was “a very great loss” for him to die at the age of 36.

President Higgins added it was “very important that we not only protect the right to perform but the space to perform”. The President spoke of the creativity of Irish young people and of the importance of performance in their lives. This is something that we fully support through our JCSP Libraries.

President Michael D. Higgins speaking at the launch

Sharon Donnery, deputy governor of the Central Bank, spoke of Phil Lynott’s iconic status, his contribution to modern Irish music and the enduring popularity of his music.

The President, together with the Lynott family, guests from Educate Together, CDETB and other organizations were then invited to the newly named “Lynott Library” to view Phil’s original attendance register. 

Students from St. Kevin’s College presented the President with a copy of ‘We Write What We Like’, an anthology of poetry written by students from across CDETB schools working with Writer-in-Residence Kevin Mc Dermott and published by the JCSP Demonstration Library Project. The President’s copy was signed by the St. Kevin’s students who contributed to it.

President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins with Lesley Byrne (Principal) and students and staff of St. Kevin’s College

St. Kevin’s received one of the newly minted coins, and a signed book by Jim Fitzpatrick, who created the Thin Lizzy album art, both of which will be proudly displayed in the main hall.  Coins were also presented to Phil Lynott’s daughters and son.

Sarah Lynott and Cathleen Lynott , daughters of Phil Lynott with new coin. Photograoh: Tom Honan
MacDaragh Lambe, son of Phil Lynott, is presented with the new coin by President Higgins

Lesley Byrne, St. Kevin’s College Principal, emphasised the central role the JCSP Library plays in the school.  She specifically mentioned the brass band, noting that the “Lynott Library” has never been a space where you can expect to be shushed!

Carol Hanney (Chief Executive, CDETB), President Michael D.Higgins, Paul Crone (Director of Schools, CDETB)
President Michael D. Higgins with singer Brush Shiels

Congratulations to all involved in organising this wonderful event. Wishing our JCSP Librarian in St. Kevin’s College, Neil Kettles, the very best of luck in his new ‘Lynott Library’ where we have no doubt that music and the arts will, from now on, play an even greater part in students’ lives.

The future at St. Kevin’s is loud!

Kathleen Moran – Senior Librarian, JCSP Demonstration Librarian Project

‘Read Your Mind’ launches in all JCSP Libraries

by: Kathleen Moran

The JCSP Demonstration Library Project, in collaboration with Jigsaw, The National Centre for Youth Mental Health, has launched the ‘Read Your Mind’, Book Project in all JCSP school libraries across the country.

Self-help books are now recognised as a vital source of support for people experiencing mental health difficulties. Read Your Mind is an initiative which brings together an invaluable collection of 113 books on a range of mental health related topics. All titles in the collection have been evaluated and are recommended by Jigsaw clinicians. Topics covered include anger, anxiety, autism, bullying, creativity, low mood, mindfulness, parenting and families, social media, and much more.

The JCSP Demonstration Library Project has committed to making the full collection available in all 30 JCSP Library Project schools across the country. Access to the collection will be open to the whole school community – young people, their parents and teachers – in all JCSP school libraries In addition, all participating schools have developed links and contacts with Jigsaw through which they will be able to provide additional mental health supports to their student body.The collection is also being made available in eBook format via the JCSP Library Project Digital Library. Membership of this Digital Library is free for students and staff in all JCSP/DEIS second-level schools in Ireland (250+ schools)

Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Eugene O’Brien and student Carly Dempsey cut the ribbon at the ‘Read Your Mind’ launch in Riversdale C.C.

The national launch of the project took place during World Mental Health Week in the JCSP Library in Riversdale Community College, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Speaking at the launch Joseph Duffy, the CEO of Jigsaw said ‘We know that one in five young people will experience mental health difficulties before the age of 25…Read Your Mind is yet another way through which Jigsaw, in collaboration with The JCSP Demonstration Library Project, are enabling our local communities to support young people and their mental health.’

‘We know that one in five young people will experience mental health difficulties before the age of 25

Joseph Duffy, CEO Jigsaw
Paddy Lavelle (CE, DDLETB), Bernie McLaughlin (Principal, Riversdale C.C.), Mona Metcalfe (Team Leader, PDST/JCSP), Paul Crone (Director of Schools, CDETB), Joseph Duffy (CEO, Jigsaw), Cllr. Eoghan O’Brien (Mayor of Fingal), David Kavanagh (Service Manager, Jigsaw D15), Kathleen Moran (Senior Librarian, JCSP Library Project), Adrian Flynn (Director of Schools, DDLETB), Aidan Clifford (former Director CDETB Curriculum Development Unit)

Kathleen Moran, Senior Librarian with the JCSP Demonstration Library Project, stated: ‘We are really excited about this project as it is the first time that a bibliotherapy collection to support youth mental health has been launched in Irish schools…Our team of JCSP librarians is also currently developing a companion collection of fiction titles that touch on the themes covered in Jigsaw’s Read Your Mind collection. So our students will not only have access to information books – but also story books in which they can perhaps identify with some of the issues and challenges that the characters are facing.’

We are really excited about this project as it is the first time that a bibliotherapy collection to support youth mental health has been launched in Irish schools

Kathleen Moran, Senior Librarian JCSP Library Project

MC for the launch event was 6th Year student and Jigsaw Youth Advisory Panel member Ikihmat Bahdmus, who very ably coordinated proceedings. Other speakers included Adrian Flynn (Director of Schools, DDLETB) and Marie-Therése Carmody (JCSP Librarian, Riversdale C.C.)

David Kavanagh (Jigsaw, D15), Kathleen Moran (JCSP Library Project), Marie-Therése Carmody (Librarian, Riversdale C.C.) Ikihmat Bahdmus (6th Year student, Riversdale C.C.), Neasa McHale (Librarian, Riversdale C.C.)

It is hoped that the Read Your Mind Project will engage young people in learning new ways to support their own mental health and, in doing so, foster a sense of autonomy, independence and self-mastery. To find out more about Read Your Mind or to search for other mental health information for young people, their parents and guardians, and those who work with young people go to Jigsawonline.ie.


Jigsaw is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland. Their mission is to advance the mental health of young people in Ireland (aged 12-25) by influencing change, strengthening communities and delivering services through evidence-informed early intervention and prevention approach.

Jigsaw Services give young people a place they can visit for free and confidential support from trained mental health professionals. They are a safe and welcoming place, where young people can go for the support they need to develop good mental health. Jigsaw work closely with communities, providing training and workshops that help build confidence and understanding to support young people with their mental health.


Welcome to the JCSP Library Project’s brand new blog, a place to share all of the wonderful teaching and learning experiences happening across our Project. 

What will you find here?

  • Articles on all aspects of literacy, libraries and reading
  • Reviews of activities and events in JCSP libraries
  • Announcements about new books
  • Book lists
  • Book reviews from librarians
  • Book trailers
  • Competitions
  • And much more!

Through this blog you will hear from a very different cast of characters who will share their knowledge, as well as their successes and frustrations, of life as a JCSP school librarian. We look forward to giving you an accurate picture of our libraries and some insight into the remarkable people who staff them. Keep up to date with what is happening by following our posts.

Kathleen Moran, Senior Librarian JCSP Demonstration Library Project.