Tuesday 21 August 2018

School on final push to fund new facilities

John Tarrant

Excitement and anticipation surrounds the Friends of Firmount National School who are bringing the hugely popular "Who wants to be a Thousandaire" to the Oriel House, Ballincollig on this Saturday night.

Plans are afoot for the replacement of temporary prefab buildings with two new classrooms and to construct a new library, resource room and a sports hall.

All involved have invested considerable time and effort in bringing the project to the point where construction work is well underway. Now they are on a final push to make up the final shortfall to complete the project and are hopeful of obtaining support from North and Mid Cork. 

Based on the same principals of the TV game show, 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire', members of the public are being asked to purchase tickets for the chance to participate. 

School principal Christine O'Shea said the project is a worthy investment for a community growing in population.

"Basically, we had three prefabs that had reached their sell by date and we needed a new hall as well; numbers had doubled since the school was built just over 30 years ago and the existing hall was too small," said Christine. 

"We succeeded in getting Department funding but we've still had to do considerable fundraising to make this happen", she added. 

"The quiz is generating widespread interest, not least for the fact that a member of the audience can go home €1,000 richer. There has been a massive response to date.

"The show starts at 8pm and it promises to be a brilliant occasion", she concluded.