Coffee Morning – A Celebration of World Autism Awareness Day

The Muire Gan Smál World Autism Awareness Day Coffee Morning team responsible for Tuesday’s hugely successful event at No.32 Lower Main Street, Castleisland. Included are, front from left: Gemma O’Shea, Elaine O’Shea, Melissa Johnston, Denise Griffin and Maura Culhane. Back row: Elaine O’Donoghue, Chris O’ Leary, Emma Sweeney, Norma Nolan, Michelle Reidy and Pamela Costello.

Members of the staff and management at Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary School declared themselves delighted at the response to their special Tuesday coffee morning.

Is was a event that extended well beyond its trade description but it did the business in marking World Autism Awareness Day in the best possible way.

Outpouring of Delight

The organisers’ outpouring of delight was swiftly followed by bouts of sincere thanks to all who helped in any way to make the day the success it clearly was.

€2,000 Raised

And they announced that the event had raised €2,000 in the course of its fun-filled duration.

“We wish to thank everyone who helped to make our Coffee Morning on Tuesday such a success! What a wonderful way to celebrate World Autism Day and to showcase just how generous the community of Castleisland is,” said spokesperson, Emma Sweeney.

Very Passionate

“We as a staff are very passionate about our jobs and feel privileged to be working with such talented, creative and amazing children.

“We loved having the opportunity to fundraise for our ASD classes and we also greatly appreciated the super turnout on the day,” Emma continued.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

We would like to thank our main sponsors: Jerry Flannery’s Bar Limerick; Lee Strand; Aldi Castleisland; Total Cleaning Supplies; Kerry Agri Business; Sheehy’s Supermarket, Dingle; Knocknagoshel Community Centre; Hygi-Care; The Crumb; O’Callaghan Brothers; Vincent Murphy Sports Shop; The River Island Hotel; Tomo Burke Electrical and especially Jeremy for putting a roof over our head for the day!

Special mention to the Presentation Sisters, Castleisland; The Boys’ National School and Cara Credit Union Castleisland for their support on the day, it was very much appreciated!

Goods and Entertainment Providers

“Thank you to everyone who provided baked goods – they were delicious and went down a treat.

We have to acknowledge Lisa Curran who managed to find fabulous forms of entertainment for us. The performers were: Lauryn Griffin, Owen Rua Music and Keith Freeman all gave their time freely and these three talented people created an atmosphere and ambiance in our pop-up café that resulted in a really lovely experience.

“Keep an eye out for these artists, because I’m sure they’re future stars! Steve Mills proved a huge hit with the children when he arrived for his magic show in the afternoon! We thank you all for your time and support!

Thanks All Round

“The day could not have come together without the amazing staff at Muire Gan Smál who all supported the venture greatly and demonstrated just how much this all meant to us.

“To Eva, Marie and Kelly – we could not have done it without you! Mike Begley, the man behind the scenes here in Muire Gan Smál, thank you for everything!

“Finally, to Kerry’s Eye; The Maine Valley Post and the Sliabh Luachra Outlook for covering the piece for us and making sure that people knew the event was happening – thank you!

We might see you all again next year.”

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