AFTER the Government turned down a request for funding for a new room in their school the people of Carriganima decided to get the job done themselves.Working on a voluntary basis the local community built the much needed room and fundraised for the cost of materials.Last Thursday it appeared that the entire village had packed into the school to watch the opening of the newBy Mary Cody
AFTER the Government turned down a request for funding for a new room in their school the people of Carriganima decided to get the job done themselves.
Working on a voluntary basis the local community built the much needed room and fundraised for the cost of materials.
Last Thursday it appeared that the entire village had packed into the school to watch the opening of the new room. Seán Kelly, president of the GAA attended the opening and praised the local community for their hard work and sense of spirit which he said portrayed the best of rural Ireland.
The ceremony kicked off at 7.45pm and guests were welcomed into the school by members of the Millstreet Pipe Band and a guard of honour which was formed by the present-day pupils.
Seán Kelly congratulated everyone involved and also urged the Board of Management and the community at large to push ahead with a new project that they have in the pipeline to develop a carpark and a playing pitch.
The school is situated on a dangerous bend and locals have been extremely concerned for a number of years for the safety of young and old who use the school. Fr Batty Desmond also blessed the room and PP Fr Dave O’Riordan attended the opening.
A number of presentations were made to key figures involved in the construction of the room and to Seán Kelly for taking time out of his busy schedule to attend the opening. A specially designed card by the pupils was also presented to the President of the GAA by Joanne Twomey.
Presentations were also made to Michael Lynch, Gobnait Lynch, Tim Ring and JJ Moriarty. John D Buckley, a builder from Millstreet who oversaw the project was also acknowledged for his hard work as were past pupils Shane Moriarty and Connie Buckley and former member of the Board of Management, Margaret Kelleher.
After the official business of the evening had concluded there was plenty of fun and entertainment on offer. The 24 pupils did their two teachers Patsy Dineen and Kathleen O’Connor proud as they performed for the assembled audience. The junior classes played the tinwhistle and showed off their Irish dancing skills while the senior classes also performed a range of songs and musical pieces as well as partaking in some lively set dancing.
The sense of community in Carriganima was there for all the see on the night of the opening as people of all ages enjoyed a cuppa and a chat as the evening drew to a close.
Despite years of setbacks and disappointment due to an absence of Government funding, the community worked together to get their badly needed room. The sense of pride was palpable at the opening and you couldn’t help but feel that the school will be getting their carpark and playing pitch with or without the help of their representatives in Dáil Eireann in the not so distant future.
Principal Patsy Dineen thanked everyone on the Board of Management who have spent years putting applications together for the department and to all those who had given their time and labour freely during the construction of the school. The new room will serve as a learning support room, resource room, staff room and the principal’s office.