Parents take initiative at Scoil an Ghleanna

PUPILS attending Dingle's Scoil an Ghleanna were delighted to have a safe place to stow their bikes at the start of the new term thanks to the dedicated efforts of two parents.

Dad Elton Getkate, with the permission of the school's bórd bainistaíochta, spent countless hours over the past two months sourcing materials before constructing a bicycle shelter, with the aid of fellow dad Chris Smailes, at Scoil an Ghleanna.

Elton, whose daughters Leah (10), Kayla (8) and Hayley (7) attend Scoil an Ghleanna, came to the aid of the school as no grants or finances were available to construct the much needed bike shelter. "Many of the shelters for sale were too expensive and the school had no means of obtaining the necessary funds so we asked local providers to donate the materials needed," Elton said.

"We had a great response and we are very grateful to Luke and Tommy Lynch from TOL Limited, Nealie O'Brien of D+L Tool Hire, Ted Browne and parents of kids at the school for their support in donating the concrete, steel and wood. It took about two days for myself and Chris to construct the shelter in time for the new term," he added.

"This shelter is unique; its aesthetically pleasing, eco-friendly and will be handy as it will double up as a shelter for the children on wet days," príomhoide na scoile Seanachán MacGearailt added.

"There have been cutbacks in government grants and funding in recent times and the resources simply weren't there. We are delighted that these parents have taken the initiative in constructing this shelter for us. We also want to thank all of those who contributed in any way."

The scoil lán-gaelach, which is located approximately three kilometres from Dingle town, has seen an increase in the number of children cycling to school in recent times.

Doubtless, they'll be glad to have a place to where they can put their bikes out of the rain.


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