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Night at the Dogs Fundraiser for GCL

Date: 11 May 2011

The Parents Council Fundraising Committee of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh organised a highly successful social evening on Friday May 6th at the new Limerick Greyhound Stadium.  A crowd of approximately 4500, including parents, pupils, all staff, members of the Board of Management, members of City of Limerick VEC, suppliers and friends of the College attended on the evening.

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Everyone was in high spirits, especially with the fine weather which prevailed during each of the twelve sponsored races.  It was a very enjoyable social evening for all associates of the College. The unity of all members of the College was palpable on the evening. It was a unique social gathering in that the members of City of Limerick VEC, Board of Management, Parents Council, Students Council, parents, teachers, students and friends all mingled with each other as they watched the races. 

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The Limerick-nominated Rose of Tralee, Ms. Orlaith Carroll, attended as the celebrity guest on the evening and even gave fashion tips to the students who competed for Best Dressed Pupil - feather hats, cocktail dresses, bowler hats and even tuxedos all featured. Shannon Sulliman, a GCL second year student, and Dillon Heaney, a GCL fifth year student, were awarded the Best Dressed prizes by the panel of judges, which consisted of a parent, a teacher and a student.

The Parents Council afterwards expressed their gratitude to the members of the Fundraising Committee who made the occasion so successful including Anne Gaffney, Lulu Sheahan, Anna Twoomey and Sheila Hickey. They also paid tribute to GCL Secretary, Caroline Crowe, and Príomhoide, Donncha Ó Treasaigh, for their continuous support and guidance. The Council is already looking forward to next year’s social evening.  

Mr. Ó Treasaigh commented that, “a night at this type of function is tremendous. It was a real family affair for all who are associated with Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh and we were delighted that so many people supported the evening as passionately as they support the College throughout the year”.