Tuesday 15 October 2019

Community helps school after attack

Cooley news

The vandalised poly tunnel in Rampart NS.
The vandalised poly tunnel in Rampart NS.

The local community has come to the assistance of Rampart NS after vandals destroyed a newly erected poly tunnel over the mid-term break.

Pupils and staff at the north Louth school were shocked when they returned to see that the poly tunnel, which was to be used so that pupils could grow their own crops, had been slashed in a number of places.

'The pupils were devastated,' says deputy principal Julie Kirk Carolan. 'They couldn't believe that someone would do this to their poly tunnel. It looks like someone slashed it with a knife and it was completely destroyed.'

She explained that the plan had been for the pupils to begin planting seeds and growing their own vegetables and salad crops in the spring.

The incident is being investigated by the gardai and has been condemned by local councillor Antoin Watters, who branded it as 'terrible'.

However, thanks to the generosity of the local community, the school's gardening project can still go ahead.

After learning about the vandalism Cllr Watters and O'Connor Roofing got in touch with the school and ensured that the poly tunnel was replaced.

And O'Neill's Flowers from Willville have kindly offered to supply the school with seeds and plants for the project.

'We are very grateful for all the support we have received after this mindless vandalism,' said Ms Kirk Carolan.

The Argus