Christmas gifts from Portlaoise prisoners to St Francis pupils

Lynda Kiernan

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Christmas gifts from Portlaoise prisoners to St Francis pupils

Portlaoise Prison Assistant governers Ciaran Reilly and Pat O'Sullivan, St Francis Principal Malachy McNulty, parent Ned Cash, Joyce Clarke chief officer work training, Margaret Devoy SNA with pupils

A beautiful wooden rocking horse was gifted to the students of St Francis School this week.

The rocking horse was made by one prisoner in Portlaoise Prison, and is the result of two months of dedicated handcrafted work.

The horse was presented on Friday November 17, by Ciaran Reilly and Pat O'Sullivan, Assistant Governers at Portlaoise Prison, and by Joyce Clarke who is Chief Officer in Work Training.

More prisoners are working hard on crafting 80 Santa hats and socks for each child at St Francis School, which is for children aged 5 to 19 with learning disabilities.

Principal Malachy McNulty was delighted to accept the gift of the rocking horse.

“We are delighted to be part of this initiative, and to receive these kind, thoughtful and seasonal gifts. We hope to receive the Christmas hats and socks on the run up to the Holidays.It is a nice gesture. It comes from the prisoners' good will and desire to give something back to the local community,” Mr McNulty told the Leinster Express.

The crafts produced by the prisoners in Portlaoise Prison, are part of an initiative led by Chief Officer Clarke who oversees their work.