Overview Castleisland presents ‘Friday Funfest’

Presentation Castleisland Secondary School recently celebrated the return of their funfair and it did not disappoint – by all accounts.

Having been unable to stage this event for the past two years for obvious reasons, staff and students were delighted to bring the entire school community back to the Castleisland Desmonds GAA grounds for some unreserved fun and competition.

“We knew we were lucky with the day, seeing bottles of sunscreen passing by and it was truly an opportunity to savor,” a school spokesperson said.

The funfest included a series of athletics events, starting with the 100 and 400 meter sprints. In keeping with tradition, the iconic egg and spoon, wheelbarrow and three-legged races also made an appearance.

“There were a number of carnival-type games throughout the grounds where students had a chance to win prizes. From throwing the welly, to shot put, to kicking a suspended tire, a huge range of activities were happening simultaneously,” the spokesperson continued.

“Art teacher Katie O’Reilly was kind enough to set up a makeup station, and it turned out to be the busiest area of ​​the day. She had a constant line of students excited to take advantage of the service before running off to attend another event.

“There’s nothing like a teacher vs. student event to get the competitive juices flowing and the funfest had a number of them. Starting with the 4 x 100 meter relay, students and teachers were free to enter their own teams of four, with huge bragging rights up for grabs.

“Having entered two strong teams in this event, the teachers were confident in their chances.

“However, little did they know that the freshman team of Edel O’ Donoghue, Bríd Curtin, Laura McShane and Ellie Curtin would steal the show and ‘run out’ of comfortable winners.

“The teacher vs. student ball toss followed before a competitive game of rounders. As the Funfest drew to a close, a school-wide penalty shootout took place.

“To the surprise of all students, our principal Pierce Dargan has been announced as a guest custodian.

“With everyone delighted to have the rare opportunity to take a penalty and get one on their main, jaws dropped quickly when Mr Dargan pulled off a series of acrobatic saves. “They didn’t know their manager was actually a star goalkeeper in his home county of Kilkenny. “Saoirse Daly as a freshman knocked out the eventual winner of this one, maintaining the dominant performance in her age group that day.

“We ended the day with a medal ceremony for all the winners. It was a very enjoyable event, and we look forward to hosting even bigger and better next year.

Many thanks to the Transition Year students who helped organize and run the event, a great final act to their exciting and busy year,” the spokesperson said.

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