Monday 26 September 2016

Electric Picnic organisers shell out €65k to help local school

Published 01/07/2016 | 12:49

Teachers and pupils at St Colman's with the cheque from Electric Picnic
Teachers and pupils at St Colman's with the cheque from Electric Picnic

JUST weeks before the latest anticipated installment of the Electric Picnic festival, organisers of the event have provided funds to help a school near the venue buy land.

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The land at Stradbally will be used by the entire community – but primarily by St. Colman’s National School during term time, and clubs and teams throughout evenings and weekends.

Principal of St. Colman’s Cathal Ruane said: “It is hard to describe how fantastic this new pitch area is going to be for our pupils, we have a huge tradition of sports and activities here in St. Colman’s but unfortunately we cannot give our pupils the opportunities they deserve.

"Electric Picnic is going to make a lasting contribution here in Stradbally one that will be felt by many generations to come, we couldn’t be happier."

The two-acre site in the centre of the village will be transformed into a state of the art all-weather pitch with running track, car-parking and a children’s play-area; which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.  The €65,000 donation aims to promte health and fitness in the local community.

Melvin Benn Festival Director of Electric Picnic spoke of the importance of giving back to the community: “Our festival could not go ahead without the continued support of the community of Stradbally and surrounding areas, this donation is our small way of giving back and giving thanks”

Teachers and pupils at St Colman's with the cheque from Electric Picnic
Teachers and pupils at St Colman's with the cheque from Electric Picnic

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