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Minister Burke encourages primary schools to register for Blue Star Programme

Minister Burke encourages primary schools to register for the Blue Star Programme

Minister of State for European Affairs & Defence, Peter Burke T.D. today launched the Blue Star Programme which is now running into its thirteenth year. The Programme teaches primary school pupils about European cultures and the EU through creative activities and projects which complement the national primary curriculum.

Over 1,200 primary schools have now taken part in the Blue Star Programme with over 200 schools expected to participate again this coming academic year from all 26 counties.

Minister Burke said:

“I’m delighted to be here in St Thomas' National School today to officially kick off the thirteenth year of the Blue Star Programme, which helps primary school children learn about the European Union. The wonderful students at St Thomas' have taken part in the Blue Star programme every year since it was launched, which is a fantastic achievement!

“As Minister for European Affairs, I am honoured to support the Blue Star Programme as I have seen first-hand the incredible passion and zeal young people show when taking part. I encourage all primary schools to sign up to this valuable experience this year.”

The Blue Star Programme aims to foster better understanding and knowledge of the European Union among primary school pupils in Ireland through classroom projects and activities in the key areas of history, geography, culture, creativity and institutional knowledge. At the heart of the Programme, is how it helps pupils embrace the ever-increasing cultural diversity in the Irish classroom. The programme is managed by European Movement Ireland.

Primary schools in Ireland are invited to register for the Programme by Friday, 6 October 2023.

Further information on the Programme is available at


Press Office 4 September 2023