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Sunday 19 August 2018

Horeswood NS ex pupil Tadhg joins fund effort

Ben Bolger, Lindsey Murray, Caitlin O’Brien O’Hanlon, Kate Kehoe, Ali Kavanagh, Keira Philips, Darragh Bowe, Darragh Cummins. Front row: Jesse Furlong, Shane Russell, Harry Tritschler and Thomas Sutton
Ben Bolger, Lindsey Murray, Caitlin O’Brien O’Hanlon, Kate Kehoe, Ali Kavanagh, Keira Philips, Darragh Bowe, Darragh Cummins. Front row: Jesse Furlong, Shane Russell, Harry Tritschler and Thomas Sutton

When the 293 pupils of Scoil Mhuire Horeswood asked for his help, ex-pupil - international and Leinster rugby star - Tadhg Furlong, responded immediately.

The school urgently requires two Special Needs rooms, to enhance the learning experience and lives of its pupils. However, despite the indisputable need, the Department of Education and Skills was unwilling to provide the required amount to complete the project, leaving the school facing a €15,000 shortfall.

That's where Tadhg stepped in. The Irish international - currently ranked ninth best player in the world - generously donated two autographed balls and a jersey, after his return from the 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam victory; all to be raffled - the proceeds going towards the building of the rooms.

When asked why they hadn't chosen the more lucrative option of an auction, parent committee members and raffle organisers, Miriam O'Neill and Nicola Foley responded in unison. James said: 'That wouldn't be fair, or represent the spirit in which Tadhg made his generous donation. With an auction, only the biggest purse wins; but everyone can afford a raffle ticket, which means anyone can win, including the children to whom Tadhg is such an important role model and hero.'

Tickets will be available in most Campile stores, Cooper's, New Ross, from Scoil Mhuire pupils, and from the school itself. phone 051 388 255 for tickets, or to make a donation.

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