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DONEGAL’S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOLS TO FEATURE ON RTE’S NATIONWIDE

first_imgSally O’Donnell, the founder and owner of Donegal and Ireland’s first outdoor school, pictured with Helen and Brian from RTE’s Nationwide who filmed at Glen Outdoor School, Glenswilly in June. The programme will air on RTE 1 this Friday, 4th September at 7pm.Donegal’s Early Learning Schools will feature on RTE’s Nationwide this Friday.Earlier this summer, the popular TV show filmed at Ireland’s first outdoor school, Glen Outdoor, which is located in Barrack, Glenswilly. The school is part of a trio of Early Learning Schools in Donegal where children spend 80% of their time outdoors.The Nationwide producers were interested in documenting the unique learning and benefits of outdoor play for children. Donegal woman, Sally O’Donnell, first set up the outdoor school eight years ago and was interviewed by the Nationwide team about her passion for outdoor learning. Some of the Early Learning Schools’ team also spoke of the many benefits of their experiences working in an outdoor learning environment. The programme will air on RTE 1 this Friday, 4th September at 7pm.Meanwhile, Glen Outdoor School in Barrack, Glenswilly will host an Open Day this weekend.Taking place on Sunday, 6th September from 4 – 6pm, the Open Day will allow parents and children view and explore the outdoor setting. Children of all ages will be entertained with face-painting and outdoor arts and crafts.Activities include the chance for children to make their own musical instrument from nature, as well as potting a plant to bring home. While there will be lots of free activities on the day, Sally is also hoping to raise funds for the Ray of Sunshine charity through a delicious barbecue. Based in county Clare, the Ray of Sunshine charity brings volunteers from all over Ireland to underdeveloped countries. The charity undertakes building projects such as building schools to empower children through education and give them a chance at a brighter and better future to improve their quality of life and the chance to get out of the poverty trap.Founder and owner of Early Learning Schools’, Sally O’Donnell is volunteering to travel to Mombasa, Kenya in early 2016 with 23 other volunteers from the county. Commenting on the event, Sally said, “We’re really looking forward to hosting the Open Day at Glen Outdoor School on Sunday, 6th September. There’ll be lots of free and fun activities on the day and with the barbecue, we hope to raise some much needed funds to help the Ray of Sunshine charity build schools for young children. I’m looking forward to my volunteering experience in 2016 and hopefully the small part we play will bring something positive to the community of Mombasa, Kenya. We hope to see a great turnout this Sunday from 4 – 6pm. All are welcome, so we would encourage everyone to spread the word and bring their friends.”For more information on the Ray of Sunshine charity visit www.rayofsunshine.ie or for more information on the Early Learning Schools visit earlylearningschools.ie or contact Sally on 086 858 9339, 074 91 37701 or [email protected] Outdoor School in Barrack, Glenswilly will host an Open Day this Sunday, 6th September from 4-6pm. All are welcome, so come along and explore the outdoor setting, with free face-painting fun and outdoor arts and crafts. On the day, the school is also hoping to raise funds for the Ray of Sunshine charity through a delicious barbecue.DONEGAL’S EARLY LEARNING SCHOOLS TO FEATURE ON RTE’S NATIONWIDE was last modified: September 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glen Outdoor SchoolNationwideRTElast_img read more

Letterkenny MD Councillors pay respect and tributes to the late Paddy Harte

first_imgTributes were paid to the late former Fine Gael TD, Minister of State and County Councillor Paddy Harte at this afternoon’s meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal District.The 86-year-old from Raphoe died yesterday and tributes have been pouring in.This afternoon’s meeting at the Letterkenny Public Services Centre was adjourned for 15 minutes after a minute’s silence as a mark of respect. “Paddy was well known to me personally from I was a young boy and I knew him right up to his death,” said the Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District, Fine Gael Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh.He was an absolute gentleman, he was always good humoured and he could listen to and tell a good story.“He was also a very formidable politician and was best known for his work in the Northern Ireland Forum and, of course, the Idea of Ireland Peace Park in Flanders, which he helped to set up.“He was a very courageous politician and I think it is fitting that we are now in 2018, the centenary of the ending of World War 1.” Fellow Councillors joined in the words of sympathy.“He would not have been selected for so long only for the hard work he did for the people,” Fianna Fáil Councillor Ciaran Brogan said, with his party colleague Councillor Liam Blaney adding: “I worked with him for a long number of years and I would echo those words of sympathy.”Sinn Féin Councillor Gerry McMonagle, the Mayor of Donegal said: “You don’t be a public representative for so long without working hard and it is a testimony for the work he did as a councillor and as a TD.“He did a lot of work on peace and reconciliation. Many times, we were at loggerheads and face-to-face over our differing politics, but we learned to live and move on. We have to acknowledge the work he did and he has left a fine legacy.”Councillor John O’Donnell said Paddy Harte had always been ‘highly regarded and highly thought of’ and Councillor Ian McGarvey recounted a recent visit to see Mr Harte, who he said was ‘a very forward looking person’, in hospital. Councillor Michael McBride recalled meeting Mr Harte at the World Cup in America in 1994.“I met him by a swimming pool in Florida and he could tell me all about my family members; we had a long conversation and I enjoyed it. That was the type of man he was.”Donegal County Council Director of Services Liam Ward paid tribute on behalf of Council staff and members.He said: “He had a long and distinguished career at a time when there were some formidable politicians in the chamber.” Letterkenny MD Councillors pay respect and tributes to the late Paddy Harte was last modified: January 9th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ciaran BroganFine GaelJimmy KavanaghJohn O’DonnellletterkennyLetterkenny Municipal DistrictLiam Blaneymichael mcbridepaddy harteRaphoelast_img read more