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Holy Cross PS, Kilkeel Fundraising Event Sunday 29 December 2019

Holy Cross primary school is delighted to announce their upcoming fundraising event which will see the newly established Atticall G4M&O Ladies’ team take to the pitch against the Ballymartin G4M&O ladies’ Gaelic football team in what will be the first of an annual event, raising much needed ICT funds for the school.

The event is set to take place at 2pm on Sunday the 29th of December in the grounds of Atticall GAC. Holy Cross primary school has always been a vital part of the community and as such, has always enjoyed the benefits of the great community spirit of Atticall. This event is a testament to that community spirit, with ladies from the community; including parents, governors, members of the friends of Holy Cross PTA and staff of the school coming together to form a team that’s going to, not only support the primary school in its mission to educate the pupils holistically in preparation for life in an increasingly digital world, but also become a longstanding team for Atticall GAC well into the future.

The team have been working hard in the background; committing their time to training sessions throughout the week regardless of the wintery conditions. As well as that there has been a huge drive to raise funds. Each of the ladies have been raising funds with their sponsor cards, donating items to create some amazing hampers for the draw and Local businesses have kindly supported the fundraiser by donating a £50 sponsorship. From the outset the organisers and team recognised that small businesses were the life blood of Atticall and the surrounding area of Kilkeel and felt it was important to get them onboard and give them ownership of such a worthwhile fundraising event. It is great to see such encouraging support from our local businesses (as listed below).

A special mention of gratitude must be given to the Ballymartin ‘Mothers and Others’ team who have kindly agreed to participate in the event. Without them and their willingness, this event would not be possible. Thank you to Ronan Mc Cartan, their coach, for facilitating us. Thanks are extended to Atticall GAC, who on witnessing the enthusiasm of the ladies for the football team were fully onboard with them establishing a G4M&O team.

Charlene Sloan, principal of Holy Cross Primary School, who has joined the team for the fundraiser, has said, “this is a phenomenal fundraising event which was only made possible by the commitment and generosity of the local and wider community; the ladies who have given of their time so freely to form a team and fundraise, the Ballymartin ladies, the coaches, our local small businesses and of course Atticall GAC who have always been an invaluable support to the school. It is so clear that the school is a vital part of our community and there is a shared vision of ensuring the very best provision for our children and the generations to come. The staff, parents and governors of the school are so very grateful and proud of the efforts being made on our behalf.

The money raised is for the school’s ICT fund, which was established specifically to address the need to prepare our pupils for the demands of life in such a technologically driven society. Through this fund we aim to enhance existing school resources; including iPads, laptops as well as ongoing staff training and development. It is hoped in time to come we will be a hub of resources for our community to give back to those who have supported us so tirelessly.

We, at Holy Cross PS, wish all the participants luck for the event and look forward to cheering them on on the day!”

Newly appointed Chair of Atticall GAC made this statement about the event “We are proud as a club to be supporting this fundraiser for Holy Cross Primary School. There have always been strong links between club and the school and it is hoped these will be strengthened through the introduction of this newly formed G4M&O Ladies Gaelic football team and the annual fundraising event which will ensure valuable funds for the School. We look forward to seeing everyone proudly sporting the atticall colours on the 29th”

While this is a fundraiser for the school, this event is very much a community one. We encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the atmosphere on the day. There will be a small entrance fee to the game, an opportunity to purchase tickets for a draw which boasts some fabulous prizes including an overnight stay in the Canal Court Hotel & evening meal. The Friends of Holy Cross PTA will be providing refreshments on the day. To mark the end of this fantastic fundraising event there will be a celebratory 80’s disco with Francie C that night in Atticall GAC social club- doors open at 8pm.

A final word of thanks and congratulations to all those who have worked together to enable this event to take place! We all look forward to a fun and exciting day on the 29th of December.

Thank you to the following business for their generosity in supporting this event;

Thank you to; Slieve Gullion bouncing Castles killeavy, Fane Valley Feeds Newry, Tinnellys Construction Ltd Rostrevor, James Morgan Plastering Contracts, Oliver Rooney Ditching and Digging Contracts, Delema Hair and beauty salon, Cunningham and McPartland Accountants, Michael Curran Solicitors, JN Hire Ltd Kilkeel, Niamh Mc Cullagh Hairstylist Atticall, Sean Keenan Building Contracts, The Man Cave Barbour Shop Kilkeel, Cloughmore Shellfish Kilkeel, Dr Diesel Marine Engineers, ‘Need a Taxi’ Taxi service, Greenland Homes NI, Total Electrical Atticall, Kilkeel Fuels, Moyfab Engineering Ltd, Cunningham Butchers & Food hall Kilkeel, essence of beauty beauty salon kilkeel, Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, Seatruck Stevedores Warrenpoint, Philip’s Workshop Car mechanic Kilkeel, Furry tail endings dog grooming, Mourne Veg farm shop, EM Sheehan Ltd chartered certified accountants, Patrick Quinn Plumbing and Heating, Holy Cross Accordion Band, LC Hair salon Kilkeel, EXIT EX Ltd Manufacturing, KMcC Flowers Kilkeel, Julie Quinn Makeup Artist, I K Maclead & Associates Ltd, Hardy’s of Kilkeel Electronics store, Edenross Contracts Ltd, Bayview Contracts, McComiskey Joinery Atticall, Mourne Veterinary Clinic, GS Plastering Contracts, ANIFPO Fisherman’s Organisation, MFV Tigers ll Fishing Boat, Automar Marine Engineers, ‘Train like a Warrior’ personal training, Keith Morgan Joinery Atticall, Boy Brandon fishing Boat, JGM Transport

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