Planting Passion in Play as Gaelscoil Aogáin and Cara CU Team Up

A Cara Credit Union agus Gaelscoil Aogáin, Oileán Chiarraí hedge planting morning with John Lawlor, Tralee Bay and Wetlands (seated left) with Philip Lynch, Cara Credit Union; Eoin O’Reilly, Tralee Bay and Wetlands agus Micheál Ó Ciardubháin, muinteóir agus na daltaí scoile a bhí ag glacadh páirt: Ronán ó Conchúir, Isabel Ní hArgáin, Ayla Ní hArgáin, Noah Mac Cárthaigh, Thomas Ó Síocháin, Ruth Pléamann, Laoise Ní Lionacháin, Eli Ó hIarlaithe, Kayla Ní Cheallaigh, Zoe de Búrca, Finn Ó Conaill, Tommy Ó Ríordáin Ó Briain, Feilim Ó hÍcí, Lúc Ó Conchúir, Casey Ní Chatháin Ní Mhurchú, Ricardo Ó Nualláin, Paddy De Búrca, Diarmuid Mac Mathúna, Pádraig Ó Ceallacháin, Saoirse Mag Aoidh, Hazel Ní Shíocháin, Emma Slabovaite, Ava Ní Chonchúir, Aisling Ní Bhriain, Lily Ní Sheanacháin, Eibhlín Ní Chiardubháin, Aibhinn Ní Chearnaigh. ©Griangraf: Seán Ó Riada

The children of Gaelscoil Aogáin struck a blow for their immediate environment in their own school garden on Wednesday afternoon thanks to the support of Cara Credit Union and Tralee Bay Wetlands.

The school was lucky enough to be selected by Cara Credit Union to participate in a project promoting biodiversity and ecological awareness in young children in the community- which is in it’s second year.

The project, in co-operation with Tralee Bay Wetlands, seeks to give children knowledge and hand-on experience of outdoor learning and the importance of protecting the environment.

Projects with an Impact

Philip Lynch, Youth Development officer at Cara Credit Union said that he and his colleagues are committed to investing in projects which create a positive impact on climate change and enhance environmental protection.

“By working with our local primary schools and Tralee Bay Wetlands we are investing in our collective future.

This project is in association with our Junior Current Account with a Mastercard® debit card, which allows members over the age of 12 build a budget, save and manage their own account in a safe and secure manner.

They’re our Future

“We will continue to invest in products and services to ensure we are supporting our youth, as they are our future,” said Mr. Lynch.

The Cara Credit Union based project, which will benefit a total of five school’s each year, was designed in conjunction with Mary O’Connor from Tralee Bay Wetlands.

“We were delighted when Cara Credit Union approached us requesting our advice on how best to create an initiative with schools that would have a long-lasting effect on biodiversity with real benefits to pupils and their schools,” said Ms. O’Connor.

A Life Enhancing Skill

“Our ecologists proposed a talk where pupils would learn all about the soil and how to plant trees, a life enhancing skill that will enrich their lives and the school’s natural environment.

“We were delighted to see Cara Credit Union’s acknowledgement of the biodiversity and the climate crises and their commitment to pro-active change.

“It’s been a pleasure working on this project with them and their determination to progress an initiative that will see schools around the county receiving the gift of learning to plant combined with seeing their tree and fruit bushes bear fruit each season through Cara Credit Union’s vision,” said Mary.

Selected Schools

The five school selected for this term were Gaelscoil Aogáin Castleisland, Scoil Mhuire Killorglin, Ballincrossig National School, Caherleaheen National School and Scoil an Fheirtearaigh

If you would like more information on the Cara Credit Union Junior Account or to become a members see: or call into one of their branches in Tralee, Castleisland, Killorglin, Ballyduff, Causeway or Corca Dhuibhne.”

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