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Sunday 20 April 2014

School needs help with new sport development

PCD Príomhoide Pádraig Firteár at the site of the construction of a new playing pitch and running track. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty

THERE has always been a strong school spirit at Dingle's Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and now the school's principal is hoping to tap into that fellow-feeling by appealing to students and parents, past and present, to support the development of a new playing pitch and running track at the school.

THERE has always been a strong school spirit at Dingle's Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and now the school's principal is hoping to tap into that fellow-feeling by appealing to students and parents, past and present, to support the development of a new playing pitch and running track at the school.

Work on the new facility, which will be the first of its kind in the area and will cost in the region of €300,000, commenced last week and while the majority of the funds have been already secured, there is a shortfall of €100,000.

"We are grateful to the Christian Brothers, the Dingle Women's Mini Marathon and Jim Garvey through the SuperValu Real Rewards scheme for their funding and while we have secured two thirds of the money needed we still have a way to go," Príomhoide Pádraig Firteár said.

The school, which opened its doors in 2007, has managed to accumulate an extensive array of trophies in both the sporting and academic fields – in particular in football - winning Corn Uí Mhuirí, Corn Fruinn, Corn Uí Mhoráin, Corn Uí Shuilleabháin, Corn Dunloe and Corn Ruiseál in the 2011/2012 academic year.

The school enjoyed repeated success last year by retaining Corn Uí Mhuirí, Corn Fruinn and Corn Uí Shuilleabháin. PCD has also achieved success on a national level in basketball, winning All-Ireland Cadet (A) and Senior (B) titles along with the accumulation of several accolades in athletics, academics, debating, art and design, Irish language initiatives and enterprise competitions to name a few.

Mr Firteár is hoping that students, past and present, of the school and their parents will help contribute to the completion of the new playing pitch and running track.

"Contributions of €250 or more will be recognised on a special wall featuring the names of donors; in addition it is worth noting that €1,000 contributed attracts a pro rata tax ratio of €449 as a charitable exploit," he said.

Anyone who would like to lend their support to the project should contact Pádraig at PCD at 066-9150055 or email pcd07@eircom.net.

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