Future in focus as Mounthawk turns 20

On Sunday afternoon as part of their 20-year anniversary celebrations, Mercy Mounthawk School hosted a Garden Fete in the school grounds.

It is estimated that nearly 2,000 people of all ages turned up on the day to enjoy the fine weather and all the fun activities.

There was the obligatory face painting and inflatable games, there was a novelty sports day, there was live music provided by the talented students themselves and an international food fair in the gym which was hugely popular.

The day started with a formal reception and prayer service attended by Gerry McGuill, CEO of CEIST, the trustee organisation to which the school now belongs. He spoke of how the school was the largest of the 107 schools under its stewardship and it has always set the highest standards in terms of the holistic education it provides. He spoke of the breadth of sport, drama, music and all kinds of extracurricular activity that the school has been famed for, drawing particular attention to the recent Best Overall School award from the BT Young Scientist competition.

Principal John O'Roarke gave special praise to all those staff members, in every capacity, who had passed through the school in the past 20 years and who had laid the foundations for the success that Mounthawk has become.

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Green shoots as Community Garden comes to life

Tralee is lucky to have one of the most progressive public community gardens in the country and it’s open to the public until the end of September.

The Community Garden in the Town Park is much more than a planting project and this year the three main themes taken on board by the steering committee include the sally wattle fencing, Hugel Culture and the Sun Parasol Water Collector.

Gretta O’Rourke, liaison officer with the project, explained: “We not alone do planting of herbs and fruit, we also have a wide spectrum of sustainability projects in which we are involved.

“We’re not alone about developing green fingers, we also encourage people to think ‘self-sufficiency and quality of life’,” she said.

Last Saturday, in conjunction with Ballyseedy Garden Centre, members of voluntary organisations were invited to the Town Park Garden for a free plant give-away.

The public participation sessions take place every Saturday morning between 10.30am and 12.30pm and members of the public are invited to pick up some herbs or simply learn the skills that you can adapt to your own garden.

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