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October 1, 2009

Children become architects for a day

An opportunity to explore the difference between modern homes and those of days gone by will be provided to children as part of Open House Galway, the architecture event which takes place from October 16 to 18. Children from seven to 12-years-old are invited to the Galway City Museum, where workshops will encourage them to think about their environment. The workshops take place on Saturday October 17 and are free of charge, places must be pre-booked at www.openhousegalway.ie

The children will first draw pictures of their own homes and discuss the various rooms in a modern house. Then, they will be taken on a short tour of the museum model of the original Claddagh village, taking in the spectacular view of the Claddagh from the museum’s “˜glass box’. The tour will include Máirtín Oliver, the traditional Galway hooker dedicated to the last King of the Claddagh to sail a working Galway hooker.

“We wanted to have something practical and hands-on for children, to get them to become aware of the built environment”, said Lorna Maguire (ALL3D), coordinator of the steering group organising Open House Galway. “Young children are so creative and imaginative and I believe that these workshops will encourage them to become more aware of architecture design.”

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