A group of eleven Transition Year Students from the Convent of Mercy attended the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which was organised and facilitated by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office. The event was held in Croke Park on Thursday 28th September 2017. This was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to engage in meaningful discussion and debate around issues affecting young people in Ireland today, topics such as technology and communications, mental health and well-being, as well as other social issues were discussed. Over 200 other students from around the country as well as representatives from other Youth Organisations took part in this memorable and historic event. The day began with an opening address from Dr. Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children followed by a number of high profile keynote speakers who addressed the young people on the day. These included: Dr. Mary Aiken, Cyber Psychologist, Harry McCrann of Kid Tech and Digital Youth Council of Ireland, Jamie Harrington, Mental Health Advocate, Professor Jim Lucey, Medical Director of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Diarmuid McKeever and Roisin McArdle, winners of the Foroige Youth Citizenship award, Ruairi McKiernan, founder of ‘SpunOut.ie’, John Burke founder of ‘Elevate’ youth wellness organisation and mountaineer and finally Joanne O’Riordan, disability campaigner. Students also got an opportunity to engage in a variety of ‘Festival of Rights’ activities which were fun-based and most enjoyable. Names of girls who attended: Emma Whitney, Hazel Murray, Ella Kearney, Emily Horan, Fiona Hoare, Aoife Kilcline, Rachel O’Grady, Davina Tuohey, Anne Higgins, Alice Kiernan and Lucy Henderson. The girls would like to thank Mrs. Fitzmaurice and Mr. Harlow for accompanying them for this event.