Barntown pupils present cheque to LauraLynn Children's Hospice
Sixth class pupils attending Barntown national school proved themselves adept at event management when they organised a Barntown's Got Talent competition which raised €1,174 for the LauraLynn Children's Hospice.
The competition was open to all children in the school and through an audition process, 15 talented young finalists were selected to perform an evening show for parents and members of the local community, with a fundraising collection taking place during the interval.
The following day, the stage struck entrants performed in the school for their fellow pupils and teachers. This time, the young audience members had a chance to buy votes which they cast at the end of the acts to decide the winner.
The Barntown's Got Talent trophy went to deserving fourth class pupil Darragh Ryan who gave a brilliant freestyle hurling display to backing music.
According to teacher Shane Cadogan, the sixth class pupils organised every aspect of the competition themselves from the posters to the auditions, stage production, ticket sales and bucket collections.
And they chose the LauraLynn Children's Hospice as their charity of choice to receive the proceeds.
'They wanted to give the money to a charity that looks after children', explained Shane.