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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Transition year students donate to North Wexford SPCA

Students Cathy Challoner and Eimear O’Hagan, with NWSPCA Kennel Manager Stephen Whyte, NWSPCA Fund-Raising Manager Tracy Smith, and teacher Liz Russell from Gorey Community School
Students Cathy Challoner and Eimear O’Hagan, with NWSPCA Kennel Manager Stephen Whyte, NWSPCA Fund-Raising Manager Tracy Smith, and teacher Liz Russell from Gorey Community School

Sara Gahan

A transition year student from Gorey Community School donated €350 last week to the North Wexford SPCA.

Eimear O'Hagan, and her classmates Cathy Challoner and Katie Fitzpatrick, held a fundraiser in the Community School to raise money for the Gorey-based charity.

The animal-loving trio organised the sale of Irish tricolour pins to mark the anniversary of Young Irelander Thomas Meagher.

They discovered through their history class that this year is the 170th anniversary of the flying of the tricolour by Young Irelander Thomas Meagher.

The enterprising transition year girls, led by Eimear, sold the colourful pins in Gorey Community School, which were kindly produced by the Thomas F Meagher Foundation.

The pins were a big hit with the Community School students, many of who could be seen sporting the tricolour badges on their uniforms.

History teacher Liz Russell said it was a great opportunity to re-examine the flag and all its significance to our modern state.

'The tricolour is so ubiquitous, we don't really think about it anymore and yet this project will engender respect and pride in our flag,' added Ms Russell.

The Thomas F Meagher Foundation generously provided the pins, leaving the students to decide on their chosen charity.

Gorey Guardian

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