Portarington’s turkey entrepeneurs

In excess of €2,300 was raised by the 5th year LCA students in Colaiste Iosagain, Portarlington last Thursday, December 6 when they held an auction in the school and sold the turkeys they had reared in the school as part of their mini-company.

In excess of €2,300 was raised by the 5th year LCA students in Colaiste Iosagain, Portarlington last Thursday, December 6 when they held an auction in the school and sold the turkeys they had reared in the school as part of their mini-company.

The hall was packed to capacity with students, parents, staff and members of the public and an electric atmosphere ensued as auctioneer Mr Noel Dunne from the Farmers Journal extracted every last euro from prospective purchasers in search of ‘turkey delight’ for their Christmas Dinner.

In total there was 18 turkeys sold, 3 of which were donated by local public rep Cllr Paul Mitchell who is Chairman of Laois County Council.

Speaking after the auction PRO for the class Ellie Moore said:

‘We were delighted with the crowd and the amount of money raised from the auction and the huge publicity the whole project received.

“We had Ciaron Mullooly here from RTE and it featured on the main news bulletins on Friday. We also got great coverage from Jim O’Brien and Claire O’Brien and Midlands radio.

“It was a fantastic experience and while it was hard work, we all pulled together and learned a lot. Some of my class mates had hardly ever seen a real turkey before. It was such good fun in particular when naming the birds for the auction’

‘On behalf of the class I would like to thank the Auctioneer Noel Dunne and all the teachers who helped us in particular, Mr Smith, Mr.Mitchell, Mr O’Donnell, Ms. Williams, Ms.Sugrue and all the other staff in the school.

“ We got great sponsorship from the local business community for the draw which raised a further €1,000. The class are delighted that the money raised is going to a charity nominated by the late Martin Slevin a past pupil of our school who died earlier in the year from leukaemia.’