Kilmurry National School Community Overwhelmed by Tractor Run Generosity

Delight at Kilmurry National School in Cordal with the presentation of a cheque for €5,180 from the recent bucket collection and tractor and vehicle run. The pupils are: Ryan Quirke, Evie Cronin, Amy O’Connor and Chloe Cronin. Presenting the cheque are the events organisers, Cllr. Charlie Farrelly (left) and Joe O’Connor while accepting are, Principal Thérèse Kearney (centre left) and Irish Sign Language teacher, Eilís Lynch. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Kilmurry National School Principal Thérèse Kearney spoke for the whole school at noon on Monday when she said that they were all overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the local community in response to their recent fundraising bucket collection and tractor run.

The run was in aid of the purchase of equipment for their Special Class for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and it happened on the recent bank holiday Sunday.

Community Generosity

Ms. Kearney said that the school is genuinely in awe of the generosity of the participants, parents, neighbours and people from the community and further afield for their support and kind donations. The run was organised jointly by Cllr. Charlie Farrelly and Joe O’Connor while Martina O’Mahony looked after the mound of paperwork involved in an event like this now.

Over 100 tractors of all kinds and vintage vehicles arrived at the starting line at Cordal GAA Club grounds in brilliant sunshine.

Organised Every Detail

Funds raised on the day eventually came to €5,180 with the final donation being handed in at the school gate on Friday evening.

“None of this of course would have been possible without the wonderful committee organisers,

Cllr. Charlie Farrelly, Joe O’Connor and Martina O’Mahony who got stuck in and organised every detail of the event from start to finish,” said Ms. Kearney.

“Their hard work, including a bucket collection in Castleisland on the day before the run, the stewarding and refreshments – the whole event was a credit to them and all who took part in creating a wonderful community event.

Cohort of Volunteers of Neighbours

“Charlie and Joe who rallied a huge cohort of volunteers of neighbours and both current and former parents of the school, to whom we are most grateful to for their continued help and for the support they always show towards the school.

“All here at Kilmurry National School would like to convey our sincere gratitude to the many stewards, who gave up their weekend and helped make the tractor run a safe and well organised event.

Successful Bucket Collection

To Joe and Caroline and the parents for their time for the very successful bucket collection.

“A special thank you also to Martina and her team for organising and preparing the refreshments, which went down a treat and to all others who donated goods and assisted in any way with the refreshments both prior to and after the event.

“Every effort was made to ensure that the Tractor Run would remain as local to the school as

possible, so we would like to thank Cordal Community Centre and Cordal GAA Club for making this possible for us.

New Interactive Whiteboard

“The school cannot thank all of the above enough for their generosity and kindness.

It will enable us to purchase a new interactive whiteboard and also a new literacy programme, which will benefit many more children in the school,” said a clearly grateful Ms. Kearney at the presentation of the cheque on Monday.
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