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09 Dec 2021

Family fun walk in Portarlington in aid of sports pitch at St Patrick's BNS

Family fun walk in Portarlington in aid of sports pitch at St Patrick's BNS

Walkers at Derryounce woods in Portarlington

Portarlington families are being invited to join a guided scenic woodland walk, to help the local boys school.

St Patrick's Boys NS is finally getting a brand new school built by the Department of Education, however sports facilties are not included.  

The school is launching a fundraising campaign to build an astroturf pitch at the new school on Canal road, and a running track around it.

Principal Pat Galvin hopes it will make the school "a centre of excellence" for sport. The facilities are estimated to cost about €120,000.

"We hope to raise it through a combination of fundraising, sponsorship and grants," he said.

Their first fundraiser kicks off this Thursday May 10 at 7.15pm, with a 5k family walk around the scenic Derryounce Walkway.

Mr Galvin is asking the whole community, especially schoolboys' families and past pupils, to come out and support the walk, which is fully supervised by Port Trail Walking Group and first aiders, and will end with refreshments. 

“This will launch our 10 month fundraiser, to build a pitch and a running track. We hope to see hundreds out walking on a nice summer evening,” he said.

Register for the walk at 6.45pm at the Scouts Wood opposite the entrance to Derryounce Woods. The gentle paced two hour walk starts at 7.15pm.

The donation is €5 per person, €10 per family, with larger amounts gratefully accepted.

Meanwhile the sod will be officially turned on construction of St Patrick's BNS, by Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin, Denis Nulty, on Friday May 4 at 4pm.

The new school is already under construction, and Mr Galvin said it could be finished by as soon as the end of January 2019.

"Construction is going brilliantly and on schedule," he said.

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