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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Chopper class!

David Looby

The pupils and staff of Scoil Naomh Áine in Rathgarogue were thrilled to have a visit from the Coast Guard helicopter 117 and the ground crew of the Fethard RNLI.

The school focused on the Green Flag theme over recent months, paying particular attention to the marine and the environment.

Acting principal Elaine O'Connor said; 'We were very interested in hearing about different Irish groups working in this area. Earlier in the year, we had a visit from the RNLI lifeboat crews and we heard about all their work and safety messages about being in the water helping others that may be in distress in a water environment.'

The ground crew of Fethard RNLI came to visit the school early on the morning of May 23 to set up the area for the visit. At 9.30 a.m., with all the children safely on the school playground the helicopter circled the school before landing in the field next to the school.

'We were delighted that Barry Murphy was so kind as to allow us the use of his field for the visit. The children were so excited and overwhelmed by the sheer size and noise from the helicopter.' The Rescue 117 crew spent over an hour with the pupils, telling them about their the work, the aircraft and answering the many, many questions from the children.

'It was a hugely informative visit and the crew were fantastic making for an amazing experience for all involved. Their exit was just as exciting as the arrival as they demonstrated to us how the winch lift worked by lifting some of the crew from the ground. Having done a few circular moves in the air, the helicopter took off to the waves and smiles of the thrilled children from Scoil Naomh Áine. It was a memorable visit, one that the children and staff will never forget. On the day the children dressed up as their heroes in honour of the work of the Coast Guard helicopter crews.'

Each child brought in a donation, which will be given to the New Ross, River Search and Rescue.

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