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Novel fundraising drive nets €1k for Timahoe NS

Teacher Orla Mulhare accepts a presentation from student Paul O’Brien. Also in pic are Janice Carthy, Ann Bergin Principal, and Mary Carthy.
Teacher Orla Mulhare accepts a presentation from student Paul O’Brien. Also in pic are Janice Carthy, Ann Bergin Principal, and Mary Carthy.

A wonderful fundraising drive by Abbeyleix mother and daughter team Mary and Janice Carthy has netted €1,000 for the Early Intervention Autism preschool at Timahoe NS.

The preschool – Naíscoil Kantara- was set up four years ago and caters for 12 children aged between 3 and 5.

Janice’s youngest son Paul is a student at the school, and her oldest boy PJ was there two years ago.

She very much appreciates the fabulous work done at the school and she is also very aware of how expensive specialist equipment is.

So she teamed up with her mum Mary to organize a novel festive fundraiser.

Janice approached local businesses for donations of crème eggs. Mary knitted hundreds of chicks to cover them.

In the lead up to Easter they were on sale for €2 each in local shops and at Timahoe school, where the kids just couldn’t get enough of them.

This is their third year to do it.

Janice said: “Mam loves of knitting and raising funds for children with autism is very close to our hearts.

“Mam buys the wool and the eggs are donated from various businesses locally.”

And the school have already put the funds to good use by purchasing a Southpaw Steamroller Deluxe – which Paul can be seen playing with below.

Rumour has it that Mary has already started knitting chicks for Easter 2019!

Janice and Mary Carthy present a cheque for €1000 for Naíscoil Kantara to Timahoe NS principal Ann Bergin and teacher Orla Mulhare.
Janice and Mary Carthy present a cheque for €1000 for Naíscoil Kantara to Timahoe NS principal Ann Bergin and teacher Orla Mulhare.
Janice Carthy and her son Paul.
Paul O’Brien

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.