‘Do you want braille with that?’ - CCS innovation praised

CCS Innovators Excel

CCS Innovators Excel

Imagination is precious. Hard work reaps rewards. Combine these two slogans and one can get an accurate feel of the spirit of a dozen Transition Year students who last week received national recognition for their Young Social Innovators (YSI) project, “Do You Want Braille With That?” This project aims to make it possible for restaurants in Cashel and elsewhere to provide braille, audio and clear print menus for customers who have impaired vision or are blind.

The competition had entries from 200 schools and on Wednesday, May 9, the finalists showcased their research and practical recommendations before a panel of expert judges at Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin. The Community School’s entry was adjudged joint third best – quite an achievement out of 200 starters.

Even before the results were announced, the CCS group was selected as one of just two entries invited to make a special presentation of their project for the benefit of President Michael D. Higgins, guest of honour at the event. And that was not the end of it! The group were back in Dublin early the next morning, this time to feature on the John Murray show on RTE1 radio. Here too the group, represented by spokespersons Declan Burgess and Ellen Walsh, excelled and caught the attention of more restauranteurs throughout the country. Congratulations to the YSI team and to their tireless mentor, Ms. Caitriona Ryan.

Group members: Adrianne Ryan, Ciara Slattery, Jean Walsh, Declan Burgess, Joanne Crosse, Grainne Manton, Shannon O’Shea, Daniel Bowes, Dale Collins, Niamh Moloney, Aoife Clancy, Kelly Edinborough, Ellen Walsh,

Glamour Galore

Paris and London came to Cashel Community School on last Friday night in the guise of the Fashion Show in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust. The latest styles and fabrics floated along the catwalk as the school’s own mannequins and models showed them off to best advantage. All associated with the Niall Mellon project at CCS express deepest thanks to the 15 County Tipperary fashion shops and boutiques that supported the event. Thanks also to the 20 fancy and fine goods shops that opened stalls on the night. And, of course, deep thanks to all who attended and supported the charity so generously.

The models and mannequins must be thanked too: staff members and fifth year and first years students. Without their enthusiastic willingness there could not be a successful show. Credit to too comperes on the night: Ms. Caitriona Ryan and Mr. Brendan Ryan.

The fashion show is the prime fundraiser for the school’s involvement with the Niall Mellon house-building work in South Africa. The target to be reached this year is €E30,000. Any and all donations will be gratefully received by the hard-working school committee.