Breen hoists EU Flag at Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire Newmarket on Fergus

July 5th, 2012 - Pat Breen

p1040488Clare T.D and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade hoisted the EU Flag on Friday afternoon last at Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire Primary School in Newmarket on Fergus. Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire was one of nine Clare Primary School winners in the inaugural Blue Star European Programme.

Congratulating the School, Deputy Breen said that their success was the culmination of the positive ethos of the School which embraces a school curriculum with a broader EU context and he paid tribute to the School’s Principal Ann McMahon for driving this ethos.

Congratulating the sixth class pupils and their teacher Eamon Curley, he said that “great credit is due to each and every one of you, for participating in this programme. You are among an elite group of winners; only 35 Schools in the Country have achieved this success and I am delighted to tell you here today that Clare has topped the County league of table winners with all nine Clare Primary Schools who participated in the programme achieving success.”

“This inaugural programme which was set up to foster a greater understanding and knowledge of the European Union and how it affects your lives and it has been a huge success and you have played a huge part in achieving this . And I have no doubt but that the knowledge you have acquired on all EU matters will stand to you are move on to the next phase of your education in Secondary School and I wish you all well.”

As well as Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire, the other successful schools were Barefield National School, St Colman’s National School in New Quay, St Cuan’s National School in Kilbaha, Shragh National School, Querrin National School, Fanore National School, Bodyke National School and St Tola’s National School in Shannon. “Each and every one of the Schools has put a lot of hard work into preparing their projects and I extend my sincere congratulations to the teachers and children in all of the Schools on their success.”

“This pilot programme has proved very successful this year and I hope that the Programme will be introduced again next year so that further Clare Primary Schools can participate.”