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School Tours for all classes
- ASD Classes: Ms. Róisín O’Brien & Ms. Therese Crowley: Railway village on the 2nd of June. The railway village is offering all ASD students this free of charge. We will be collected at 09.30hrs by the train.
- Junior Infants, Senior Infants: Thursday the 9th of June. We are walking down to the Model Village, arriving for 10:30. We will take the train down to Inchydoney at 12:00. Parents are to collect their children from the beach at 2:00. Total cost: €7.
- Rang 1: 1st Class Tour Thursday 9th of June– Day in Castlefeake beach. Price €8.00 for meal and icecream.
- Rang 2/3 and Rang 2 are going together: Clonakilty Park Cinema and the crazy golf course on the 2nd of June (to be confirmed). It will cost €9 per child for the two activities and they also get popcorn and a drink. No bus required as we can walk up. We will leave at 10:30 and will be back before 3pm.
- Rang 4: Destination: Zip It – Farran Forest Park. Date: Wednesday 1st June. Cost: €30 paid by Saving Stamps.
- Rang 5: Kayaking: 26th / 27th of May in Reen Pier. Brought to and from Reen Pier by Parents. Price €50: paid by Saving Stamps.
- Rang 6: Surfing: Thursday 26th of May Price €? – paid by Saving Stamps.
Kayaking in Reen Pier
Alex, Malachy and Mikel with the dreamcatchers they made with Ms O’Keeffe.
Macbeth – a sneak preview
Thank you to Ms. Laura Connolly for making this wonderful teaser.
SnB raises our sixth Green Flag
Congratulations to everyone involved in getting our 6th Green Flag. Many thanks to the Green School’s Committee lead by Ms. Niamh Mac Auley, who worked tirelessly to achieve this flag.
Junior Infants are gardening
The boys in Junior Infants were very happy to receive some wild flower seedbombs from Seedbombs Ireland recently. We had great fun examining the seedbombs, soaking them overnight and then planting them the next day. Many thanks to Paula O’ Donovan for letting us know about the Seedbomb giveaway, to Susan for preparing the bed and to Seán, Oran and Sam for helping us plant the seeds. We look forward to seeing what will grow!
When Harry met Haulie
When Harry Met ….. Mike ‘Haulie’ O’Neill
On Wednesday 20th April, 2022, I visited Mike ‘Haulie’ O’Neill at his home in Clonakilty. Mike and his wife Marie own the artisan butcher shop MJ O’Neills on Pearse Street. It started as a pub and butcher in 1914, before Mikes father Haulie and his wife Eileen decided to focus on the meat side of the business. In his spare time, Mike manages the Clonakilty senior GAA team, and is also father to Ms. O’Neill in Scoil na mBuachailli. Here is my interview with Haulie.
HARRY: What was your favorite toy when you were young?
HAULIE: A model railway train that went around in a circle
HARRY: What sports did you play?
HAULIE: I played football, hurling, soccer, and a little bit of basketball and volleyball.
HARRY: What is your favorite food and drink?
HAULIE: My favorite food is lamb chops cooked in the oven, and my favorite drink at this stage I suppose is water.
HARRY: What do you do in your spare time?
HAULIE: Most people would say I sleep, but I like to run and walk, and be involved in football.
HARRY: Who is your favorite football player of all time?
HAULIE: That is a tough question Harry. I’d say Gordon Banks, who was a goalkeeper with the Stoke and England football teams a long time ago. He won the World Cup with England in 1966.
HARRY: What is your best sporting memory?
HAULIE: I have two. Imperial Call winning the Gold Cup horse race at Cheltenham, and Clonakilty winning the Cork County championship in 1996.
HARRY: When did you become a butcher?
HAULIE: I helped in the shop when I was small, and I became a butcher when I was 19.
HARRY: What do you like about being a butcher?
HAULIE: I like meeting people and talking to them.
HARRY: Where do you see butchers in 40 years? Will meat be growing on trees?
HAULIE: Absolutely! Ooh – that’s a tough question. I suppose it will be very artisan. There won’t be many craft butchers, where people are willing to pay the price for a quality product.
HARRY: What worries you?
HAULIE: At this point in time, the war in Ukraine worries me. Other than that, what worries me, I suppose global warming.
HARRY: Is the future for Clonakilty GAA bright?
HAULIE: Yes. Because of the young people involved, and the young talent that is growing up, and the amount of people that are working with and developing the young people.
HARRY: This is my last question. It’s my signature question. What advice would you give to people today?
HAULIE: There is nothing achieved in life without working hard, no matter what it is. Unless you win the Lotto. Everybody who got to be anyone, whether a top sports star, top CEO, it was hard work, nothing else. Be it study, be it in school, be it in life, your family, your home, your dog, your horse. Every single thing in life takes work.
Harry: Thank you very much for the interview.