Christmas comes early for Westport pupils

Christmas wish comes true: The children of Scoil Phadraig at Westport Post Office sending their Christmas letter to the Minister for Education. Photo: Michael McLaughlin.

While many children around the country were scribbling Christmas wish lists to Santa for a coveted Frozen doll or the latest Lego kit, 315 young pupils at Scoil Phadraig, Westport, composed a heartfelt festive wish of a very different kind - addressed to the Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan.

The pupils have been waiting years for a new school building promised to them as far back as 2006 and they made for a colourful but determined parade as they marched their way to Westport Post Office last Friday to post their letter, asking the Minister to make their Christmas wish come true and sign off on their school building project.

The pupils must have made quite an impression.


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Christmas comes early for Westport pupils

While many children around the country were scribbling Christmas wish lists to Santa for a coveted Frozen doll or the latest Lego kit, 315 young pupils at Scoil Phadraig, Westport, composed a heartfelt festive wish of a very different kind - addressed to the Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan.

Christmas wish comes true: The children of Scoil Phadraig at Westport Post Office sending their Christmas letter to the Minister for Education. Photo: Michael McLaughlin.

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