Pitch campaign is up and running
The pupils at Scoil Mhuire Primary School in Coolcotts marked their first milestone in their fundraising campaign for an all-weather astro playing surface.
Members of the student council Charlotte Ryan, James Budeekhan, and Kieran Dooley had the honour of crossing off the first two steps on the fundraising. The overall aim is to raise €250,000.
The school held a race night earlier this year to kick off their fundraising campaign and, since then, have held a number of smaller events such as sponsored walks and Parent's Association events.
The campaign is being spearheaded by the school's Board of Management and teachers.
Deputy Principal, Dermot McDermott joked that, in an ideal world, a JP McManus-like benefactor would make themselves known to the school, but it was more likely that they would go the route of sports capital grant funding in conjunction with some local sports clubs.
'Our main aim is to have a playing surface for the pupils of the school but, of course, we would hopefully open it up to the local community as well.'
He explained that, as it stood, the green area the school had was unusable from November to March as the surface is too wet.
The school currently has over 600 pupils enrolled.