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Kealkil school wins Port of Cork competition

June 1st, 2016 7:25 AM

By Southern Star Team

Children from Kealkil National School near Bantry who won the Port of Cork primary schools initiative recently.

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Bantry Bay Port Company has announced Kealkil NS as winners of Best Overall Project in this year’s primary schools initiative. 

Students of 5th class in local primary schools were invited to take part and submit a project based on the theme ‘A Day in the Life of a Cruise Liner visiting Bantry Bay’. Dromore National School won a prize for Best Artwork.

The following schools took part in the Bantry Bay Port Company’s first schools initiative – Dromore National School; Drimoleague National School; St Finbarr’s National School Bantry; Our Lady of Mercy National School Bantry and Kealkil National School. Commenting on the win, John Mullins, chairman of Bantry Bay Port Company said the Kealkil project was very creative and visual. ‘Kealkill National School came up with a very clever way of highlighting the tourist attractions and places to visit for cruise passengers visiting the area. Their project was interactive and fun and we are delighted to announce them as overall winners.’

 All of these schools who participated will receive a boat trip to Garinish Island, compliments of Bantry Bay Port Company and each school will also receive a certificate of participation. 

Kealkil National School will be treated to an extra prize for winning ‘Best Overall Project’ and will get a kayaking trip along the Bantry Blueway for their class.

Mr Mullins said while the primary schools initiative is in the first year, they were very pleased five schools had taken part. 

‘We have run a similar initiative in the Port of Cork for the last eleven years and it works really well. It’s a great way for primary school children to learn about the history and the economic benefit of their local harbour or port, and what it brings to their town or region. We hope to continue to run this initiative and grow it over the years.’

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