In pictures: Ballyhale school opens new ‘Carmelite Canteen’ on poignant occasion

Great turnout for the event at Scoil Aireagail

Sam Matthews

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There was a great turnout from the local community last Wednesday evening as the Scoil Aireagail in Ballyhale officially opened its new student canteen.

The new canteen is the culmination of four years of hard work by the Parents’ Association. The whole school community were supportive of the many fundraising initiatives undertaken by the Association. These have included ‘American Tea Parties’, Tractor Runs, Bingo, the Tom Hunt Memorial Fun Run, Race Night, as well as clothes collections.

The canteen has been named ‘The Carmelite Canteen’ in recognition of the close association between the school and the Carmelites over five decades. The Carmelite Order has been a part of the community for centuries, and has been involved with the school since its foundation.

Principal Liam O’ Brien says the whole school community was saddened to hear the news of their departure from the parish, and wanted to honour their contribution. Fathers Lynch, O’ Callaghan and Brennan were each presented with mementos which were created by the students.

The canteen adds to the many excellent facilities in the school, and will further enhance the overall experience for the students. A large gathering of the school community was present on the evening.

Meanwhile, the school is going from strength to strength, performing well academically, on hurling and camogie fronts while always focused on the students’ welfare.

At the beginning of this year, it was named as one of the most improved schools in the country according to the Sunday Independent school league tables.