Thursday, June 23, 2022



By Carmel Hayes

A WONDERFUL community event in Mountmellick was a credit to creative students at a primary school, who displayed the impressive results of hard work and curiosity.

Visitors enjoyed a feast of food, music, fun and games in the grounds of Scoil Phádraig Naofa on Friday 10 June as ‘FEASTival SPN’ was unleashed to a delighted crowd.

The event reflected the impressive work of students and teachers over the past two years, as part of the Creative Ireland initiative, with a fantastic food festival that showcased local producers. The programme was coordinated in the school by teachers Gráinne McEvoy and Caroline Greene.

School principal John Murrell was extremely supportive and students, staff, the parents’ council and the local community were all involved.

During the FEASTival preparations, students were visited by Helen Gee, G Jams producer, and Joe Gorman of Garryhinch Wood Exotic Mushrooms. They also paid a visit to local bakery JJ Phillips, where they enjoyed a demonstration and had to create their own buns.

Meanwhile, Ms Phelan and Ms Comer’s sixth-classes were treated to a tasting session to expand their palates, courtesy of Michael Onalimi of Flavour Safari.

Thanks to the creative thinking of students and an objective of strengthening relationships with the community, children decided to create a selection of wooden games for which they enlisted the local Cumann na bFhear men’s shed. Students were given the creative task of adding a splash of colour to the wooden games.

The boys also worked alongside the Yarnbombing Mountmellick group to create a colourful collection of decorations, which were displayed at the event.

Visitors were also treated to a baking competition, live music with James O’Connor and Mountmellick men’s shed musicians and children’s entertainment, including games, face painting and glitter tattoos.

See more photos in this week’s Laois Nationalist, currently on sale in all local stores or online.

Photos: Denis Byrne

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