March was a short school month in Blarney, with the Easter Festivities and the St. Patrick’s Festival dominating school life.
March introduced herself with the heaviest snow to fall on Blarney in a generation, and the children were treated to blissful days of playing in what is a relatively rare phenomenon to visit our village. The rest of the month was cold and wet. Hopefully, now the equinox has passed, the extra sunlight will make our extensive playing fields accessible to the children. Speaking of sports, our super soccer teams played interschool 5-a-side tournament hosted by Blarney United and the FAI. Our boys reached the semi-final and our girls made it to the Final. The Camogie and Hurling Teams have started training for their upcoming ‘Sciath na Scol’ campaigns, with Mrs. O’Connell and Mr. Burke in charge. Conor from Blarney C.L.G. is ably training the younger classes.
World book day was a wonderful success this year, despite being postponed due to snow.
Sixth class were given a tour of Cork District Criminal Court in Washington Street, even observing real life court proceedings and learning some valuable lessons along the way.
The wonderful Valentine’s Day coffee morning raised €200 for www.schoolsandhealthfoundation.com. This charity, which specialises in building schools in West Africa, was founded by Blarney native John Mitchell. Sixth class have had eight wonderful years in primary school and decided to help the less well off to share that same opportunity. Jackie Manley and Ber Mitchell are pictured collecting the cheque on behalf of the Schools and Health Foundation.