anyone visiting the Rock National School would have feared for their lives last month with the amount of weapons being brandished by pupils.
The guns, knives, bows and arrows were all part of the fun of “Wild West” day, one of the weekly dress up days held by the school throughout Lent to raise money for African charities.
“The school has been sending goats to Africa through Bóthar since 1999 and the themed dress up days are extremely popular with the children. Last year some of the children even went to see the goats in Roscrea before they left these shores,” said deputy principal Michelle Kirwan.
Each pupil gives a small donation for the privilege of taking part in the fun, which add up to a substantial amount, last year raising over €1,000. Trócaire will also be given a donation this year, as will a former pupil who is volunteering to build houses in Zambia this summer.
Shane Lynch visits Zambia during the summer as part of a team from NUI Galway working with the international charity Habitat for Humanity.
“The pupils are delighted to help Shane raise some much needed funds for his building project,” said Mrs Kirwan.
This year as well as the cowboy theme, the children have enjoyed an Ireland day, a pyjama day, jersey day and costume day,
A cake sale and coffee morning supported by the parents, children, teachers and the local community was also held before Easter.