Tuesday 20 March 2018

The quack was ninety

Padraig Cavanagh at the Fingal Community College duck race.
Padraig Cavanagh at the Fingal Community College duck race.

Nicola Donnelly

HUNDREDS of yellow plastic ducks raced down the Ward River in Swords for Fingal Community College's fundraising event.

Teachers, students and parents lined the riverbank to cheer on their ducks, in a bid to win the grand final of the race.

A total of €1,600 was raised which will go towards the upgrading of the school's sports facilities.

The novel idea was drawn up by the school's Parents Council under chairperson Caroline McFadden, Claire Ralph, Karen Connell and with the help of Transition Year.

A total of 300 ducks took to the river in three separate races.

Teacher Vincent Shanagher gave a running commentary on the races, a commentary which would rival the likes of Ted Walsh and Des Scahill on the horse racing circuit, according to Sharon McGrath, Principal.

Each duck had a number, which corresponded to a ticket, which was sold to people in the area, and the top ten ducks in each of the three races went into the grand final race.

'It was great fun and we had some teachers, parents and students in wetsuits in the river making sure none of the ducks got stuck,' said Ms McGrath.

Local businesses sponsored spot prizes on the day as well as helping out with the cost of running the race. The school's Art Department made up the posters which helped to keep the costs down.

'We would like to thank Cllr Darragh Butler who gave us tremendous support with insurance and safety and we would also like to thank the local businesses who gave spot prizes and all those who bought tickets for the races.'

Fingal Independent