Ballina school to host super spring fete

Do you fancy owning something from the personal treasure troves of Daniel O’Donnell or pre loved by Ireland’s most famous architect Dermot Bannon? These are just two of the famous faces who have donated to the St Mary’s Secondary School Ballina's monster auction – go along to see what they generously handed over.

Spring is in the air, and what better way to enjoy the season than at a fun, family, day out at St Mary’s Secondary School Spring Fete on Sunday, April 15. For one day only, St Mary’s will transform the convent hall to a colourful world to host the fete and monster auction and raffle.

With the auction viewing kicking off from 1pm, and the event itself at 2pm, there is a lengthy list of valuables going under the hammer. Ranging from a holiday for two in Scotland to a Liam Jones painting, crystal, antiques, and a range of beautiful hampers and homestyle, potential bidders can view from lunchtime. If you cannot stay around for your lot number, leave a bid and wait for the phone call to find out if you have been successful.

The St Mary’s Secondary School fete promises something for all the family. Enjoy refreshments while the auction picks up pace or take a chance at spin the wheel, with some great prizes on offer. Browse the book stall and find the latest bestseller, relive your childhood with well known classics, or pick up something for your home in the bric-a-brac section. With a lucky dip, face-painting, and bargains galore, this event is not to be missed.

Coordinating the school fundraising event, chairperson of the parents association, Cliona Campion, said: "We have worked hard preparing this for the last few months and I want to sincerely thank all those who have donated. It will be a great day for the school and the town. The auctioneer for the day is teacher Mr Peter McLoughlin, ably assisted by Mrs Anne Sweeney."

Principal Robert O’Reilly added: “In light of our successful planning application for our state of the art new school campus, I am very thankful to the parents association for all the hard work to date. Hot on the heels of the school musical, Billie, a sell-out show which saw the Convent Hall transformed to the world of Durham, and now we are challenging ourselves to transform our school once again into a spring extravaganza.

"St Mary’s is a fantastic school community but we could not exist without the support of the wider community – sincere thanks to everyone who has supported this event so generously by making donations and a warm welcome to one and all who attend on the day. We can’t wait to meet St Mary’s friends – old and new!”

This fundraiser is also aimed at funding new equipment for the physical education department in light of the recent announcement that St Mary’s has been named in the first tranche of schools nationwide to roll out the new PE Leaving Certificate course.

A fun-filled day for all the family is promised. Go along and join in the craic and colour.

Donations are still being accepted so if you are spring cleaning and there are items you would like to donate for auction, contact 087 2335175. If you want to bag a bargain, go along from 2pm on April 15 . Do your part with a caring heart.

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