‘Fare’ good idea: Limerick’s Castletroy College team up with Bus Eireann to pay it forward

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Jakub Sulmowski, Padraig Flanagan, principal, Jim Keane, Marie King McGovern, Bus Eireann, and Cian Carmody

Jakub Sulmowski, Padraig Flanagan, principal, Jim Keane, Marie King McGovern, Bus Eireann, and Cian Carmody

CASTLETROY College pupils, Pay it Forward Limerick and Bus Eireann have teamed up to make journeys go that little bit quicker.

Thirty transition year students’ pay it forward project will see their work displayed on the entire Limerick city bus fleet from November 13 – world kindness day – until the Christmas break. 

The students’ work will be displayed on A3 poster format printed by McNamara Printers.

They include poems, reflections and artwork. 

Castletroy College link teacher, Martina Murphy said the programme hopes to make journeys more stimulating and inspiring by showcasing a range of students work and highlighting the theme of kindness to a wider audience.

“I’m very proud of the students’ work and I’m looking forward to seeing their posters on display in the buses around Limerick,” said Ms Murphy.

Pay It Forward Limerick is a community-based, voluntary, charitable, non-profit organisation working to promote Limerick as a city of kindness through policy, education and community initiatives.

Castletroy College was awarded the school’s first kindness flag last May.

Students hope that their kindness poster campaign in association with Bus Éireann will help them in achieving their second flag for the school.

Explaining the concept behind the flag and its success, Michael O’Mahony, of Pay It Forward Limerick, said: “With this kindness Flag initiative we are helping students appreciate the value of kindness and the profound positive impact acts of kindness can have on a the receiver and the giver.”

Abbie McCarthy, Monaleen, was excited to be the first student whose poster was displayed on Bus Éireann.

“My poster is a drawing of Declan Hannon. I hope when people see my poster it will bring them back to the great victory for the Limerick hurlers in August and to happy times,” said Abbie.

Students also designed posters promoting Bus Éireann Leap cards.

Cian Carmody, Golf Links Road, said he never would have guessed a photo he took would be used by Bus Eireann to advertise leap cards.  

“I took it during the summer. My friends and I were down in Lahinch celebrating our completion of the Junior Cert.

“We played with instruments and sang songs. I took this photograph as my friends and I were just having fun,” said Cian.

Ms Murphy said the project would not have been possible without advice and guidance from Cllr Marian Hurley, co-operation from Bus Éireann in particular Marie King McGovern and John Sheridan, McNamara Printers, permission from parents and the incredible support from the staff of Castletroy College, especially principal Pádraig Flanagan, deputy principal Majella Hanrahan, transition year co-ordinator Geraldine McGrath and English teacher Peter O'Reilly.