Clonmel school in major drive to raise €100,000 for new sports hall

Clonmel school in major drive to raise €100,000 for new sports hall

Neasa Egan, Eugene Fogarty, Eimer O'Keeffe, Cllr Michael Murphy, Helena Wade and Fergus Flynn at the fundraiser in Powerstown Park.

                          

 The construction of a new sports hall at Powerstown national school, Clonmel,  is due to begin in the coming months, after planning permission was granted for the development.

Parents, staff and children took the latest steps towards making the sports hall become a reality with a superb Actifun event.

The event, at Powerstown Park Racecourse, saw the school’s community coming together in the latest part of a fundraising drive that will ultimately raise €100,000, which is needed to complete the hall for next spring.

The Parents Council has already committed €6,000 that it raised through previous fundraisers and the Actifun event should add to that sum in what has been a solid start to the campaign.

Powerstown  School current has 367 students and many classes currently travel to the excellent facilities of Moyle Rovers Club for gymnastics and dance lessons.

However the proposed school hall on campus will open up a range of opportunities for the many other activities that are an integral part of a modern education.

While the majority of the funding for the hall is being provided by the Board of Management, €100,000 needs to be raised through local events and donations to complete the building.

A large target board was unveiled at Powerstown Church Car Park by school principal Eugene Fogarty, with the aim of keeping the appeal in the public eye and informing locals of its progress.

Mr. Fogarty welcomed parents, staff and children to the Actifun Event, which was also attended by Fr. Ahearne, Parish Priest of Powerstown/Lisronagh, and featured plans for the new hall on display.

Mr. Fogarty praised the Parents Committee, whose enthusiasm and support has ensured that the vision of a school hall is close to realisation.

Committee Chairperson, Eimer O’Keeffe  said that with the local community support the fundraising drive, the committee is confident that the target will be reached in the short term.

Past pupils of Powerstown National School will remember the fun- filled but cold, wet days when activities had to be cancelled due to adverse weather. The school community now wants to make those days a thing of the past. 

An appeal is being made to all past pupils to get involved through donating what they can by visiting the fundraising page on www.ifundraise.ie/powerstownhall

 For more information on how you can play a part, contact powerstownnsparentscommittee@gmail.com