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CLiC News is the exciting venture from the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) Access and Civic Engagement (ACE) Office, that brings you all the latest news stories written and produced especially for primary school pupils.

Our free news website, CLiC News, was set up in conjunction with the TU Dublin School of Media and  Students Learning with Communities (SLWC) to provide a resource for DEIS schools in Dublin. We have subsequently made the site available to all primary schools but provide added support to local DEIS schools. We have set up a restricted site as we want to produce a safe environment for children which allows them to leave comments without feeling intimidated and ensures that they will only come in contact with their peers or teachers. Within the site, news items are written by Journalist students from the TU Dublin at a level which reflects the age range of the children (4th, 5th and 6th class) and is presented in a way which precludes using graphical images and language which are unsuitable for young children. As an encouragement and aid to improving Reading and Writing skills the children are encouraged to comment on stories which have been published. All the children's comments are pre-moderated and awarded stars based on their grammar and content. We also provide facilities for registered teachers to download the children s comments from their school so that the content can be assessed offline. Within CLiC News, as a parallel to published news items, we run various Polls and Competitions all designed to help improve the level and standards of literacy among the children. For more information on CLiC News and how you may apply to register your class please contact us HERE
CLiC News is run in conjunction with the Journalism Department of the TU Dublin School of Media.   This is part of an initiative organised through the Access and Civic Engagement  'Students Learning With Communities' (SLWC) programme.

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  • micmc161 micmc161 says:
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    Well done to Tayto Park for donating supplies to WRI such a worthy cause. Our wildlife are part of our heritage and really need to be taken care of when they are injured. I had never heard of WRI until I read this article so thank you for making me aware of them. I will definitely look up their website and get mom to donate. I hope they expand their organisation. Around here if my neighbours see an injured animal they tell mom who usually manages to catch it and nurse it back to health. We had a Kestrel living in our conservatory for afew years he had been shot in one of his wings and would never fly again. He would only eat raw meat and drink water but against all the odds according to the vet she managed to get him to eat and drink and he lived for years. He became very attached to mom and used to sit on her shoulder at times. We have also had afew hares that had been injured and when they were healed she released them back into the wild. It is amazing the trust a wild animal can put in people when they realise that they are trying to help them. I wish more people would help animals in this way. My favourite part of a visit to Tayto Park is the Birds of Prey air display it is amazing. Thank you clic news for another excellent article and making me aware of a very worthy organisation.

  • sarosu98 sarosu98 says:
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    Jasmine was amazing.I really liked how she kept going when things were difficult.I liked how confident she was ,she knew that she could do it.It must have been tough for her being out on the ocean alone with no one to talk to .She’s probably glad to be back home to her family.Thanks for the article clicnews.

  • dreaminq dreaminq says:
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    Wow! thats a lot of sugar! I love fizzy drinks but jeez thats a lot of fat and sugar. I normal Only get fizzy drinks as a treat Like Christmas but my dad sometimes gets us them on the weekend. Mom isn't pleased when he buys them for us. When Im sick my parents would give my 7up and claim its medicine Which, Well I can tell they gave it to me to stop me from complaining. I have a healthy diet but sometimes I eat a bit too much sugar which I need to stop or else that could really effect my heart and Diet in the future.

    Thank you clic news 😊

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  • orlpam83 orlpam83 says:
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    Wow that is very interesting ! I do find it distressing that they were forcing innocent people out of their homes because just because they weren’t rich enough to pay high money for their homes . It is amazing history though and descendants of those poor people might be living there now . I find that fascinating . It was a big undergoing to move a house and yet it seems they did it regularly . I don’t understand why someone would pay 400,000 to move their house when they could pay less to relocate themselves to a different house altogether , they must have been very poor and attached to their house . I wonder what were their reasons for moving houses . If I could go back in time I would ask them that . Thanks clic news for that interesting piece of history and it definitely got me thinking about these hard times and why we’re so lucky even though we’re in the middle of a global pandemic.

  • ellsta15 ellsta15 says:
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    These otters Cubs were so lucky that they were spotted , if not they could be dead by now. I love their names Inver and Forth they are really Scottish names. I am sad that their mother died bescause they need their mother like any other baby animal or human . I am greatful that the SSPCA stepped in to help them in their recovery and future wellbeing. Also u have to be very cautious if approaching otter as they can give a nasty bite leave it to the professionals that know how to handle these animals. Great heartwarming story clic news.

  • ellsta15 ellsta15 says:
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    First of all well done to Tayto Widdlife Part for donating much need supplies to WRI an non profit hospital in Co. Meath. I did not know that Tayto Park had a zoo must go to it next time I am there. Because of Covid 19 they are not getting as many donations as before so all they supplies from Tayto park will help ease the burden. The wildlife animals are lucky to have such a good people looking after them. well done to one and all.

  • CarolineK CarolineK says:
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    It is shocking how much sugar is in fizzy drinks! some people have one or more a day and not only is it bad for your health all the cans and bottles have to go somewhere too.I don't even have to walk two minutes down the road and you can see cans and bottles illegally dumped in the ditches. It is not right and the government should do something about it, even if they increased the VAT on fizzy drinks it would stop people buying as much. Thanks clic news for this interesting article it has certainly opened my and everybody else's eyes on fizzy drinks.

  • CarolineK CarolineK says:
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    I never knew that a house could be moved! Never mind a house 139 years old ,it's incredible. I'm sure you would have to be extremely careful moving that big of a house. It is great that the Victorian house didn't have to be demolished all for the sake of apartments as it is so special. Thanks clic news for this article.

  • MollyB MollyB says:
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    It was an interesting article to read. It highlights the importance of groups like SSPCA to help protect animals that come into unexpected danger.I found the description of the otter cubs call interesting as I have no idea what an otter cub would sound like. The cubs showed great resilience to remain out of the water searching for there mother. Loved the article 👏

  • scoilmhuire29 scoilmhuire29 says:
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    WOW!
    I love penguins they are my favourite animal, and to see a yellow penguin thats a once in a lifetime experience! I would love to see a colourful penguin. I wonder if there is other coloured penguins out there? If so they would be super cool to see one! And I thought it was funny when the dropped all their equipment when they saw the penguin (I probably would of done the same thing too!) I wonder if they broke anything!
    Thanks so much Aly for this amazing article

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