Saturday 10 October 2015

Giant pumpkin in a class of its own

Published 22/10/2013 | 05:30

IT'S a story that just grew and grew.

IT'S a story that just grew and grew.

Now, the pupils of St. Aidan's NS, Monasteraden, have a giant pumpkin on their hands – all 43 kilos of it.

The pumpkin was grown locally by John Giblin of Clogher and donated to the school.

John's nephew, Aaron Giblin, is a pupil at St. Aiden's. The pumpkin will be raffled on Friday ahead of the Halloween break.

John's wife Irene said: "It was just a once off.

"The seed said 'giant' but we had no idea it would turn out this big.

"John grew it in a polytunnel and used tomato food and good cow manure around it ."

The pumpkin has been growing since late spring.

Irene said: "It got so large the 3 foot polytunnel was unable to hold it.

"It has generated great excitement in the school and everyone wants to win it."

School Principal Ann Moriarity said: "We have the pumpkin displayed proudly.

"We were delighted to get it and it will raise funds for the school."

Ann says John will now be invited back to help with a pumpkin patch next year.

It will be a case of 'watch this space' to see if the six-and-a-half stone record can be broken.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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