Written by Emma Denton
On the 6th of November, John Lonigan came into our school to talk to all Transition Year students. He told us about how he worked in the Prison service for many years and was a governor of Mount Joy for 22 years.
The talk was very informative and worthwhile. John told us that two thirds of the population in prison were under the age of 27. He said most of those cases were drug related whether that be stealing drugs, being on drugs, selling drugs or even stealing money to buy drugs.
He told us a story about a young girl who was well brought up, she did extremely well in her Leaving Cert and was in her second year of college when her and her boyfriend went to Dublin for a night out. Her boyfriend gave her ecstasy. She took one and had previously been on drugs so this one tablet of ecstasy had no effect on her. She took two more and ended up on the ground passed out. By the time she got to the hospital she was dead.
John talked to us about how and why people end up in prison and made us think about the consequences of our actions.
In my opinion this was a very good talk and very well thought out, it was also quite interesting - I think every year should have this talk not just our year. I would like to thank John Longeran for giving up his time to speak to us.