West Cavan Councillor, John Paul Feeley has congratulated Curravagh N.S., Glangevlin on the achievement of a second Green Flag.
‘I warmly congratulate the entire school community, the Principal, Tara Scott, the other teachers, Special Needs Assistants, Caretaker, Board of Management, Parents and most especially the Children of the School on there great efforts to achieve the second Green Flag in the space of two years,’ stated Councillor Feeley.
After the successful evaluation, two students, Roisin Flanagan and Cailin McGovern travelled with Principal, Mrs. Tara Scott to Dublin on the 23rd May to collect the Green Flag.
Present for the raising of the Green Flag by Ryan McGovern, the eldest student in the school and Darragh Flanagan the youngest student were the Board of Management, many parents and a wide section of the community in Glangevlin. Sean MacKiernan, Chairman of Cavan County Council, Cllrs Damien Brady and Maura Maguire-Lynch and Susan McVitty on behalf of her husband Cllr. Peter McVitty joined local Councillor John Paul Feeley at the ceremony. The sixth class children recited a specially composed poem to mark the event. Also present was past Principal Luke McGinley who continues to work with the school to foster the great tradition of music and song in the Glan area. Also present to help out the schools present crop of musical talent were some of the McManus Brothers, well known musicians and dancers and Jason and Sandra McGovern, all past pupils. Local TD, Brendan Smith sent apologies as he could not attend the event on a sitting day of Dáil Éireann.
‘The Green Schools initiative is a true demonstration of the National School at the heart of the community. The students brought what they had learned about conservation of energy, controlling litter and reducing waste to their homes and also to community building such as St. Patrick’s Hall, Glangevlin. It is occasions like this that show how much schools like Curravagh are at the heart of the community and why they must be protected into the future,’ stated Councillor Feeley.
The Board of Management and the Staff in Curravagh NS have been very proactive in promoting this project and in developing the school in recent year. They secured substantial funding to install solar panels and wood-pellet burning stoves which greatly reduced energy costs, further funding to improve the playground and finally a substantial grant to refurbish the school building, installing new electrics, doors and windows and other needed works.
‘Only last year, Brendan Smith TD, as Minister for Agriculture officially marked the completion of the refurbishment works. That was fitting given his huge involvement in securing the very substantial funding which brought this work about. I was pleased to work closely with him and the School Management to secure the needed funding. This investment prepared Curravagh NS building for many years and will, I hope allow it to prosper into the future. The fact that the recent investment emphasised energy conservation and fuel efficiency also helped secure the second Green Flag,’ concluded Feeley.