Irish Autism Action visit Clonaghadoo NS

Offaly legends Michael Duignan and Seamus Darby at Clonaghdoo N.S. Photo Denis Byrne.
The staff and pupils of Clonaghadoo NS had a very enjoyable day at their school on Tuesday May 27.

The staff and pupils of Clonaghadoo NS had a very enjoyable day at their school on Tuesday May 27.

Irish Autism Action (IAA) and Swapkit came to help celebrate the school being the 2014 winners of Irish Autism Actions ‘Resource Teacher for a Year’ competition.

In 2013 Clonaghadoo NS registered to collect old mobile phones to raise funds for Irish Autism Action in exchange for gifts like iPads, laptops and white boards.

The pupils had sourced these phones from their families, relations, neighbours etc. They received a free Apple iPad for all their hard work in addition to this schools registered and collecting phones for IAA were entered into a competition to win ‘Resource Teacher for a Year’.

In December 2013 the patron of Irish Autism Action, Keith Duffy announced the winning school – Clonaghadoo NS.

The principal and board of management decided to use the winning resource to benefit as many pupils as possible.

The school used the resource to increase, the number of assessments for children on the waiting list, a music teacher and digital piano, new playground markings to enhance enjoyment and develop motor skill.

In the future there are plans for more assessments, also new maths and science resources for the school.

Seamus Darby and Michael Duignan, former Offaly and All Ireland GAA stars and ambassadors for Irish Autism Action made a guest appearance. They both spoke to the pupils about the importance of dedication and perseverance in pursuit of one’s dream. They also answered some interesting questions from their captive audience.

Geraldine Pienaar from Swapkit, (who manage the mobile phone appeal for IAA), and Niall Murphy from Irish Autism Action helped organise the celebration.

Thanks were also extended to Agnieszka Kuzma and Noel Whelan from Chase and their three mascots Chase, Tom and Sean. The day finished with refreshments in the staffroom and treats for the children.

Clonaghadoo National School look forward to supporting this very worthy charity, IAA in the future.

Money raised through this appeal helps the IAA in its mission to raise the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism, through ensuring the provision of the highest standards in education, care, support, employment and equality of living opportunities, in partnership with families.

Schools who would like to register to collect old mobile phones for Irish Autism Action, can contact Geraldine at 01 427 9790.

They can also register at www.autismirelandphones.ie.