St. Brigid’s Crosses 2017

The pupils of Creagh N.S. along with their principal Ms Stephanie Keating, were very proud to present a cheque for €5303.79 to Ballinasloe Social Services at their recent school assembly. The money was raised by selling Saint Brigid’s Crosses made by the children from rushes for €2 each.

Making a St. Brigid’s cross is one of the traditional rituals in Ireland to celebrate the beginning of early spring, 1st February. They are hung by the door or in the rafters to protect the house from fire. The ancient craft is very much alive in the school and the children have Anthony Blade (father of teacher Antoinette Blade) to thank for this. This yearwas the 6th year of St Brigid’s Crosses for Ballinasloe Social Services and again Anthony spent a week in the school going from class to class teaching the children the craft.

Many children then gave up their lunch break and even volunteered to stay back an extra hour in school to make the traditional rush crosseson the run up to St Brigid’s Day.

The children then brainstormed ways of selling the crosses and as a result they were sold in local shops, businesses, hotels, at Bingo, Card Games, banks and after masses. The farmers were even targeted with a stall set up at the local Mart. The support from the families of the pupils was exceptional as many parents brought boxes of crosses to their places of work to broaden the marketplace.

The project led by teachers Antoinette Blade and Regina Power would not have been so successful without the fantastic support from the people of Ballinasloe and neighbouring parishes who bought the crosses.

Ballinasloe Social Services were represented at the assembly by Pádraig Ó Ceithearnaigh (Chairman), Teresa Coughlan (Manager) and Annette Lynagh. On accepting the cheque Pádraig, thanked all involved and said the much needed funds would be put towards the replacement of a leaking roof in the Day Centre.

At the end of their assembly, the 200 children directly involved in the venture were rewarded with a disco, treats and of course an evening off homework!

They richly their reward and a good rest is needed until St. Brigid’s Day 2018.

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