Hurlers to raise Graig’s green flag

Graignamanagh Boys’ School is now officially a Green School – and two legendary Kilkenny hurlers will be the first men to hoist the new flag on high.

Graignamanagh Boys’ School is now officially a Green School – and two legendary Kilkenny hurlers will be the first men to hoist the new flag on high.

Graignamanagh Boys’ School has been successful in its application for the International Green Flag Award. To celebrate, the school is having a flag raising ceremony on Friday at 1pm.

Special guests on the day will be Kilkenny hurlers Jackie Tyrrell and Tommy Walsh, who will officially raise the Green Flag.

The students have worked very hard over the past two years and are delighted and proud of their achievements.

In September 2010, the school set up a Green-Schools committee comprising of pupils from second to sixth class, the principal Ms Barron, Ms McMahon and Ms Parker.

They introduced a compost bin, a wash and squash campaign, had recycling competitions between the classes and made Christmas baubles from recycled light bulbs and sold these for the Society of St Vincent de Paul at the Christmas market.

The school also took part in the National Spring Clean this year and last year. This involved cleaning the local community. The boys spent a day cleaning up the playground, the quay, the hurling pitch and the soccer pitch. Deputy principal Claire McMahon says the school will continue to do this every year as it has been a huge success.

“We currently have a new initiative called WOW where the pupils walk to school on a Wednesday,” she said.

“This is proving hugely popular.”

All are welcome to attend the Green Flag day on June 1, and refreshments will be served afterwards.