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Monday 24 September 2018

Creagh is awarded for healthy daily lunches

Back row: Caitlin Falconer, Janet Wallace, Eilish Smyth and Acting Principal Declan O Toole. Front row: Natalia Czernyhowska, Laura Hickey (Irish Heart Foundation), Moira Murray and Catherine Ryan
Back row: Caitlin Falconer, Janet Wallace, Eilish Smyth and Acting Principal Declan O Toole. Front row: Natalia Czernyhowska, Laura Hickey (Irish Heart Foundation), Moira Murray and Catherine Ryan

School caterer Moira Murray and Creagh College in Gorey have received a joint award in recognition of their innovative and healthy daily lunch menus.

The Irish Heart Foundation Healthy Eating award was presented to Moira and the school for its effort to zero in on one of the key sources of poor nutrition - school lunches.

Since launching in 2014, Moira's company BetterEats has provided Creagh students with access to delicious and nutritious food. They enjoy a varied menu that include fresh, high quality ingredients, tasty sugar-free home bakes and daily snack tubs of fruit.

Creagh College has also followed through on its mission to promote the health of its students by also banishing the sale of sugary drinks and profitable vending machines.

Moira, who is a chef and mother-of-two, has long been frustrated at the poor lunch options available to school kids and was determined that her catering service would break that mould.

'Acting Principal Declan O'Toole and Vice-Principal Janet Wallace recognised that too many schools don't provide quality food,' said Moira. 'I'm grateful they had the vision and the commitment to join forces with me to address this head on.'

Mr O'Toole said from the outset they agreed on no rubbish, and they wanted to ensure that their commitment extended right down to the canteen.

Gorey Guardian

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