THE heavens played ball for a big school fundraiser in the Blennerville area on Friday as hundreds came out in unexpectedly fine weather to run in support of Derryquay National School.
Held to generate funds for the maintenance costs of the school, which is located between Blennerville and Camp on the Dingle road, the 5km fun run brought the entire community together as the throng left St Pat's GAA Club grounds on Friday evening. The whole event was organised by the Parents' Council of the 42-pupil primary.
"It was absolutely fantastic and the support we got from the entire community was just incredible," Derryquay teacher Fíne Williams said. "But possibly the most remarkable thing about it was the fact we got fantastic weather which really made it!"
Among the support present for the run was a contingent from another primary school- St Brendan's National School in Fenit. The two schools look directly across Tralee Bay at each other and it appears geography has played a part in creating a deep affinity between them.
"They were of great support to us in our recent Fenit Coastal Cycle so we were delighted to help them out," Jacinta Lawlor of St Brendan's said. For the Fenit gang there was one particular outstanding story from the event - the completion of the fun run by seven-year-old Fenit pupil Ronan Kelly, Jacinta's nephew.
"He was only there to support his mom who was running, but he decided on the spot to do it and he ran the whole course. He was outstanding and we're so proud of him as there can't be many seven-year olds who run 5kms straight!"