It was a very nervous wait for all the participants in the great balloon race at assembly today to hear the results. Sixteen balloons were found in total over the course of the month since they were released at the school field official opening.
The first balloon found, belonging to pupil Gary Smyth, was in the school yard, while the farthest balloon, owned by parent, John O’Malley, was located in Northumberland, England, just north of Newcastle upon Tyne. It had been found on the day of the launch, meaning that the balloons had travelled over three hundred kilometres that day alone. Congratulations to John, who receives the top prize of €500 and to Liz Richardson of Northumberland who receives the finder’s prize of €50. The first raffle prize for all the sellers was to the value of €250 and was won by Adam Coyle in junior infants.
Many thanks again to all balloon sellers and purchasers of this great event and to Mr. Ebbs and Mr. O’Connell for all their ICT skills tracking the balloons online. The total amount raised was just over €6,000, which will complete the ball stops to the rear of the school pitch goals this summer. Well done again to the Parent Association on a great job co-ordinating the event.
The other balloons have deflated by now but, because they decompose quickly, where they have landed may never be known. As a result, these balloons have let themselves down, their sellers down and most importantly their owners down……….
Balloon 1 No. 120 Location Slane N.S. school yard Owner Regina Smyth Seller Gary Smyth (6th class)
Balloon 2 No. 477 Location Rampark N.S., Jenkinstown, Co. Louth Owner Siobhan Sheridan Seller Conor Doggett (1st class)
Balloon 3 No. 635 Location Liberties, Carlingford, Co. Louth Owner Ann Devin Seller Chloe Devin Kealy (junior infants)
Balloon 4 No. 611 Location Kilkeel, Co. Down Owner Molly Keogh Seller Molly Keogh (senior infants)
Balloon 5 No. 367 Location Kilkeel, Co. Down Owner James Carbin Seller Enya Carbin (5th class)
Balloon 6 No. 1734 Location Kilkeel, Co. Down Owner Siobhán Ayers Seller Siobhán Ayers
Balloon 7 No. 961 Location Annalong N.S. Kilkeel, Co. Down Owner Mark Mc Greanor Seller Jack O’Brien (senior infants)
Balloon 8 No. 1065 Location Slieve Bannon, Mourne mountains, Co. Down Owner Niall Martin Seller Aidan Martin (1st class)
Balloon 9 No. 814 Location Downpatrick, Co. Down Owner Nadia Martinova Seller Gary Smyth (6th class)
Balloon 10 No. 773 Location Downpatrick, Co. Down Owner Tyler Keogh Seller Carla Keogh (4th class)
Balloon 11 No. 51 Location Downpatrick, Co. Down Owner Jean Hussey Seller J.M. Quinlan (6th class)
Balloon 12 No. 1259 Location Strangford Lough, Co. Down Owner Clare Poole Seller Megan Mc Guinness (junior infants)
Balloon 13 No. 1573 Location Portaferry, Co. Down Owner Paulette Lynch Seller Darcey Devlin (1st class)
Balloon 14 No. 1699 Location Dumfries, Scotland Owner Tadhg Martyn Seller Tadhg Martyn (5th class)
Balloon 15 No. 1390 Location Carlisle, England Owner Jancie Cullen Seller Tristan and Taylor Dunne (junior and senior infants)
Balloon 16 No. 121 Location Cramlington (near Newcastle upon Tyne), Northumberland, England Owner John O’Malley Seller Emer and Fiona O’Malley