Limerick school gets a lick of paint

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

SHANNON employees have brushed up on their gardening and painting skills by giving Corpus Christi school a new look.

SHANNON employees have brushed up on their gardening and painting skills by giving Corpus Christi school a new look.

Thanks to a unique initiative between GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) based in Shannon, and the Moyross school, 60 of the firm’s employees helped spruce up the school.

And top executives of the multi-national firm also paid a visit to Moyross to see their staff’s handiwork, as they happened to be in the area for a global team meeting.

Having heard the former principal of the school Áine Cremin on the radio, GECAS employee Julie Dickerson persuaded her company to take part in community initiatives there.

Five years on, and the electrical giant has helped resource the school’s literacy programme, a stage, and a kitchen facility.

More than 60 GECAS staff descended on Moyross to paint 600 metres of fencing, and plant over 200 flowers in the school’s garden.

Corpus Christi principal Tiernan O’Neill said the work GECAS had done in the garden makes a real difference to the daily life of a student.

Addressing the staff - who donned purple t-shirts - he said: “The difference your effort makes here is important. A child who might have had a tough night at home will come in and see the shrubs, trees, and the world is beautiful again. It makes such a difference.”

Norm Lewis, president and CEO of GECAS, said he and the fellow executives were impressed with the school’s efforts.

“It’s absolutely terrific. What is fantastic here is the parents are actively involved. It is great how they have taken an interest. We saw students making a boat of all things, so it was fantastic! And the sun shone,” he told the Limerick Chronicle.

Parish Priest, Fr Tony O’Riordan added: “Your efforts here are really appreciated: even making the place beautiful for when they come in. We need partners like you, and we are so glad this partnership has blossomed.”

Each volunteer received a copy of the Frank Prendergast book ‘Moyross - the Story so Far’ as a thank you for their efforts.