WITH a grand total of 97 years and seven months between them, the oldest and the youngest citizens of the parish of Knockainey were among the 500 strong crowd who turned out to support a race night in aid of the local national school.
Legendary Limerick hurler Tommy Cooke –the oldest living All Ireland hurling medal holder having won with Limerick in 1940 – was joined at Bulgaden Castle by Sadhbh Feely who entered the world a mere two weeks ago.
Tiny Sadhbh momentarily left her mum Elaine and her cosy baby sling to be cradled by 97-year-old Tommy who explained that the secret to a long life is “hard work”.
Friday night’s event is one of a number of fundraising endeavours organised by Knockainey National School Fundraising Committee. Other events organised in recent times include a scrap metal collection, carol singing and a Christmas concert.
Phase one of the school extension has been completed while work on phase two which will see the redevelopment of the existing building is expected to begin later this year.
John MacNamara, chairperson of Knockainey National School Fundraising Committee paid tribute to the parishioners of Knockainey and Patrickswell and those from neighbouring parishes who, he said, “have been truly great in your generosity so far in this school project and for that we will be forever grateful.
“I’m sure you will concur with me that the children of today are vital for the future of our parish,” he added before paying tribute to all the sponsors for supporting the event.