Comeragh College has a limited number of allotment plots available to rent to gardening enthusiasts on the grounds of St Joseph’s School less that 50 metres from Carrick’s busy town centre.
There are 22 allotments in the former gardens of the old Mercy Sisters school on Greystone St. where Comeragh College’s senior students are based.
This is the third year allotment plots are being made available to parents of students at the school and also to members of the local community with no connections to the school.
Comeragh College Home School Liaison Teacher William Quigley said horticulture trainees with a Solas Local Training Initiative (LTI) transformed St Joseph’s overgrown garden into the allotments and a meditation garden three years ago.
The allotments project was initiated by former Comeragh College principal Pat Callanan and Mr Quigley as a way of using the land around St Joseph’s School and strengthening the school’s links with the community.
The allotments have access to a growing tunnel and propagation facilities develped by the Solas LTI, which is based on St Joseph’s grounds.
The growing tunnel has become a social meeting point for allotment holders to meet other gardeners for a chat and to share their knowledge.
Comeragh College has engaged horticulturist Paul Dalton again this year to advise and help plot holders to develop their gardening skills and grow their plants.
Mr Quigley said gardening classes for allotment holders are currently taking place at St Joseph’s on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8pm and it’s hoped to move the classes outdoors when the evenings are longer.
“These classes are also open to people who don’t have an allotment at St Joseph’s,” he pointed out. For further information on the allotment project contact William Quigley at (087) 7840601 or (051) 640131.