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Education, Arts and Sports in Prison

Peggy - JB, Portlaoise PrisonFacilities for education and the arts in prison are provided by the Prison Education Service, which consists of a partnership between the Irish Prison Service and a range of educational agencies from the community.

A number of programmes are co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, including the Writers in Prison scheme and the Visual artists in prisons scheme. Some information about the Prison Education Service is available on the IPS website.

Further information on prisoner education and associated news and events is available from Prison Education News, a website run by the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee's (CDVEC) Educational Service to Prisons.

News and media items on arts (music, drama, visual art) and sports in prison are included below.

Image taken from a gallery of art work by prisoners. See: www.pesireland.org

"Odd is Good" 11th July 2007

Iain Aitch reports in the Guardian that the Koestler awards, a 'Turner prize for prisoners', are finally making it into the mainstream. Read more

The 'La Boheme' Prison Project 18th November 2006

A project run by Opera Ireland with Mountjoy Prison to create the sets and costumes for La Bohème which was staged as part of the Winter Season 2006. Read more