Green-fingered pupils chase down first prize
GREEN-FINGERED schoolchildren from around Ireland got their just desserts yesterday for learning how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
The prizewinning pupils in Agri-Aware's nationwide Incredible Edibles competition gathered in Dublin Zoo to receive prizes worth over €5,000 to help them develop school gardens.
Monastery Primary School in Tipperary town was the nationwide winner out of thousands of primary schools which took part in the competition to grow their own potatoes, strawberries, lettuce, spinach and baby carrots.
Nine-year-old Eoghan Butler from Anneacarty in Co Tipperary was one of the winning class and said it had inspired him to grow his own onions at home.
Agri-Aware Chairperson Mairead Lavery said that the competition had given tens of thousands of children the thrill of growing their own food.
"They now understand where their food comes from, how important it is for their health and the effort it takes to actually grow their own five-a-day," she said.
The regional winners were Scoil Chreachmhaoil Crinnage, Craughwell, Co Galway; Scoil Ardan Naofa, Carnew, Co Wicklow; St Brigid's, Foxrock, Dublin 18, and Our Lady of Good Counsel Special Needs School, Innishmore, Ballincollig, Co Cork.