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Laois school release charity calendar following generous sponsorship by former pupil

Rath NS calendar

They say school days are the happiest of our lives and they must hold fond memories for one hugely successful businessman if his recent sponsorship of his primary school charity calendar is anything to go by.

Rath NS in Ballybrittas has brought out its much anticipated charity calendar and this year it has been sponsored by Sean Hall, a former pupil of the school and Managing Director of Manguard Plus, Ireland’s largest privately owned Irish security company.

The calendar is the result of much hard work by the school, spearheaded by a dedicated committee, who were determined to find a sponsor to ensure all monies raised would go directly towards the purchase of much needed digital equipment for its pupils with special educational needs.

They contacted Sean Hall who, true to form, didn’t hesitate to stump up the funds to cover the printing costs of the calendar.

He said: “I am delighted to support this initiative.

“I have great memories of Rath NS; It’s a small school with a big imprint.

“School sets down so many foundations for young people and I passionately believe that giving kids the best possible educational advantages sets them up for life, it is crucially important.

“I have great admiration for schools who do all they can to provide their pupils with the best start in life, educationally and personally.

“They are constantly looking out for opportunities that will enrich the school and provide a full educational advantage and putting this lovely calendar together is yet another example of the real effort that is synonymous with Rath NS.”

Tommy Fitzgerald, Principal of Rath NS, said: ‘On behalf of our entire school community, I wish to sincerely thank Sean Hall, a past pupil of Rath NS, and everyone associated with Manguard Plus for their extremely generous sponsorship.

“The funds provided will assist us purchase extra iPads for our pupils with special educational needs. This will greatly enhance the learning experience for these children. We are extremely grateful”.

200 copies of the calendar have gone on sale from the school and local retailers Íosa Linn Playschool, Village Coffee, Donoher’s Service Station and Early Scholars Crèche, all located in the village of Ballybrittas.

The calendars cost €8 for 1, €15 for 2 and €20 for 3.

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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.