CAMPAIGNERS for a new pitch at a Moyvane school couldn't believe their eyes as runners and walkers poured into the village in their droves on Sunday to take part in a fundraiser to help out the school.
"It was just incredible," organiser PJ Mulvihill said. "They came in from all over, all the surrounding parishes and beyond in a response that was completely unexpected. We were bowled over by it to be honest," he said.
They poured in for a 10k fun run in aid of a great cause: the provision of a pitch for local Murhur National School. At present the children have a long enough walk to the GAA grounds for sports. In fact, it's so far removed from the school that the pupils opt not to go there to play football during lunch break as they simply don't have enough time to get in a decent half-hour play and make it back in time for class.
All that's about to change thanks to the response to Sunday's fundraiser
"We're well on the way to getting there now after Sunday, thank God. The pitch is going to come in at around €15,000 altogether so we're very hopeful of raising enough for it," PJ said.
The pitch, located right behind the school, is already seeded and has been the scene of frenzied activity over recent weeks as dads came out in force to lay it all out.
"People have been working hard there all day in some cases and we were delighted with local contractors who gave us their time voluntarily. We only had to pay for the materials. But for that it would be a lot more expensive," PJ added.
And thanks to all the community effort, Moyvane might now have an annual autumn fun run.
"We'd definitely do it again as it was such a massive success and we're just so grateful to people for coming to Moyvane and taking part," said PJ.