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The Convention Centre Dublin Sealed Time Capsule For 25 Years

DUBLIN - November 24, 2010 - Today, The Convention Centre Dublin team sealed a Time Capsule with the help of local schools and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin, TD.

Earlier this year, The CCD reached out to local schools in the Docklands and East Wall area and invited them to participate in the Time Capsule project. The theme was based on life in the Docklands/Dublin in 2010. Submissions included stories, photos, drawings and craftwork. Many schools asked the pupils to predict what they will be doing or what life may be like in 2035. Students hoped for a job and a happy family and some of the younger students wanted to be professional sports players – soccer, rugby and boxing. Some predictions about life included innovative new technologies such as a transportation pod using mind control, flying shoes, magnetic cars and pilotless planes that fly using computer technology only. The final contents added to the Time Capsule today included a photo of the group attending the event, today's Irish Times and a special note from Minister Mary Hanafin.

During the construction phase of The CCD, a special Time Capsule chamber was constructed below the ground just outside the front of the building to the Westside. This chamber is sealed by a manhole cover, which includes a plaque to visibly mark the site. The Time Capsule will be sealed for 25 years to mark the term of the PPP contract between The Convention Centre Dublin and the Office of Public Works/Irish Government.

Apart from the school submissions, The CCD will also include some marketing materials from The CCD, including newsletters, sales brochures and some pictures. The participating schools were Marino College, Ringsend Technical Institute, Star of the Sea Boys National School, St. Brigid’s Primary School, St. Laurence O’Toole Junior Boys School, St. Mary’s Boys National School, St. Patrick’s Boys National School and St. Patrick’s Girls National School.