Great sport out in Blennerville
THE pupils, parents and staff of St Brendan's National School in Blennerville must have been thanking their lucky stars over the weekend as the school's annual sports day and its fundraising walk and barbecue happened to fall over the finest few days of the year so far.
On Friday the school's pupils swapped their schoolbooks and uniforms for sunscreen and sports gear as the school held its annual sports day down the road at the St Pats GAA pitch.
The sports day is an annual event at St Brendan's taking place as the long school year draws to a close and the sun begins to peak out from behind the clouds.
It's one of the great highlights of the pupils' school calendar and there was joy etched on their young faces all afternoon on Friday as they enjoyed an array of games and competitions including those old staples the egg and spoon and sack races.
Of course it wasn't just the children who were enjoying themselves as quite a few parents, no doubt encouraged by the good weather, visited the GAA club to join in the fun, cheer their children on and indeed to take part in a few events themselves.
While principal Terry O'Sullivan and his teaching staff were on hand to keep a watchful eye on proceedings, much of the running of the event was left to the school children themselves with the school's sixth class pupils running each of the events and stalls.
After a very successful sports day the school community gathered again on Sunday for a special fundraising walk and barbecue. Some 200 parents, pupils and staff gathered at Tonevane at noon on Sunday before setting off on a two hour sponsored trek along the Dingle Way as far as Curraheen Church.
At the church the walkers enjoyed an afternoon party and barbecue with plenty of food and all manner of cakes and buns laid on by parents. Money raised from the walk was used to fund a visit to Tralee by child psychology expert Dr Maureen Grffin who spoke to parents about the dangers of cyber bullying at a specially arranged seminar in the Carlton on Tuesday evening.