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Thursday 19 October 2017

What a class act!

PARALYMPICS SILVER STAR CATHERINE VISITS CARROREIGH SCHOOL

Paralympian silver medallist Catherine O'Neill surrounded by the pupils of St. Garvan's National School, Carroreigh. Paralympian Catherine O'Neill with school secretary Maura Doran who was celebrating her birthday. School staff mark the visit of...
Paralympian silver medallist Catherine O'Neill surrounded by the pupils of St. Garvan's National School, Carroreigh. Paralympian Catherine O'Neill with school secretary Maura Doran who was celebrating her birthday. School staff mark the visit of...

THE 125 pupils of Carroreigh National School got their hands on a medal from the London 2012 Games when Paralympian Catherine O'Neill from Ramsgrange paid visit to the school.

There was great excitement both in advance of the visit and on the day itself, with the boys and girls designing special posters to welcome Catherine and to congratulate her on her achievement in winning silver in her discus event. Posters were hung on school walls for the visit, along with bunting galore, while Catherine was also welcomed by performances from some of the school's best young singers and musicians. She spoke to them all about being in the Games and how great it was to win a medal

there, and also about how it's possible to people to overcome any obstacle if they are determined enough. Having met the entire pupil body as a group, she then also went around the classrooms after they had broken back up into their normal groups, allowing all the pupils to get their hands on her medal, try it on for themselves if they wanted to, and have their photograph taken with it.

School principal Jim Demspey said it was a magnificent occasion all round, and thanked Catherine for visiting.

Meanwhile, there was a surprise in store on the day for popular school secretary Maura Doran, as she was presented with a cake to mark what she called 'a significant round-number birthday'. She laughed as she said she was a little reluctant to have her age published, but the icing on the cake reveals those details anyway!

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