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Mullinahone Schools go completely green.

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There are three primary schools in the parish of Mullinahone. Now each of them is allowed to fly the green flag. Schools that have done special projects in improving the environment and who promote an awareness of keeping the environment clean and green are allowed to fly a special green flag. 

Last year, Mullinahone national school won this privilege and this year they are joined by the tow other local primary schools, Poulacapple and Kilvemnon. This is an unique achievement by the local parish as not many parishes can boast that all their schools are flying the green school

On Monday morning last the green flag was raised in the schools playgrounds by the new Bishop of Ossory Seamus Freeman.

Bishop Seamus is a native of the parish of Mullinahone. He was born there and his parents went to school in Kilvemnon national school. As a baby, Bishop Seamus and his family moved to Coolagh which is only down the road form Poulacapple national school.

As he raided the flag at the school gate, with the road behind him, he told the assembled crowd how he used to cycle along that road as a boy from Coolagh to see his grandparents in Ballywalter. Of course, he used to stop in the shop then at the sweep of Poulacapple to buy sweets. 

The flag was raised in Kilvemnon national school on Monday evening by the Uachtaran of C.L.G, Nicky Brennan. Nicky’s wife is the former Mairead O Connor who taught for a number of years in Mullinahone. Mairead is a friend of Kilvemnon national school Principal Jackie Brett. The raising of the flag in Kilvemnon School was preceded by a graduation ceremony for the girls and boys in sixth class who are leaving primary school this year.

 The pupils in our primary schools and their teachers deserve our congratulations on the work that they are doing and the green values that they are instilling. We ourselves would to well to learn form their example.

Some weeks ago all the roads leading out of our village got a great cleanup courtesy of the FAS workers. In the interim, some of the roads have been kept tidy but others have slipped back towards their old sloppy ways. Of course, keeping the environment clean and tidy is a job for everyone and the principal of zero tolerance should apply to those whose laziness and carelessness help to litter the countryside.

A new bin has been provided for the collection of used clothing in the vicinity of the tennis courts.  This clothing is to be used for the benefit of I.S.P.C.C. Please use the facility but not as a dumping ground. 

Our congratulations to the local authority staff who keep the bottle banks in the Church car park in order. Hopefully we can all move forward neater and green with our three green schools.


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