Sustainability is the buzz word in Rathmullan this weekend.
The seaside village undertakes a series of events from Friday 10th March until Sunday 12th March.
The weekend begins with the ‘Ride to School’ initiative on Friday 10th March in support of the pupils of St. Joseph’s National School pupils who are participating in the Cycle Right Training Cycling Ireland Programme, in association with Cycling Ireland, RSA and the Dept of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
This is a fully certified course which covers theory & Rules of the Road, core bicycle handling and road skills training which will ultimately give pupils safety guidance and confidence to move safely through roads shared with other road users.
As an added bonus, the School has been allocated grant funding from Safe Routes to School, Green Schools Travel Environmental Education Unit, for the manufacture and installation of ‘a 30 space toast rack & shelter and an 18 space Scooter Rack’. This is a huge boost to the school community and well done to all involved in securing this course and grant funding.
Therefore, all the budding cyclists will take to the roads this Friday morning, 10th March for a practice run in advance of Bike Week, (13-21 May 2023). The School Cyclists are asked to assemble at the Pier Car park from 8.30am and head off to school from there, with Tidy Towns Volunteers along the route to ensure a safe passage to the School grounds entering via the Garden side. Many thanks to the RSA for supplying the backpacks and HiViz Vests for everyone. We are appealing to all road users and motorists to give due consideration and courtesy to our young cyclists on Friday morning, as it’s a hugely exciting morning for them.
The Annual Big Spring Clean will take place on Saturday morning 11th March, with pickers, gloves, hi viz vests and bags available from outside the White Harte from 9.30am. As before, a Rota will be organised with residents along the various approach roads, while all other Volunteers can look after the Streets, Walks and beach areas. Everyone is welcome, and we would especially welcome families and young adults. Refreshments will be available at the Pier Picnic area around 12 midday.
The Tidy Towns second annual Sustainability Fair will this year be held in St. Joseph’s National School on Sunday 13th March in association with the School Parents Association from 11.30am to 3.30pm, with a theme of Environmental Management through the care of wildlife on our doorsteps by Aengus Kennedy, Nature North West; ‘Respect the Sea’ and sea safety by Killian O’Kelly, RNLI Education Officer and Peter Jackson, Picker Pals who is renowned throughout Ireland for his colourful interactions and presentations in schools. Now is the time to finally meet ‘the man’ behind the hugely successful programme.
We will also be showcasing numerous circular economy practices, as well as other workshops on coding and painting, with numerous stalls offering home baking, upcycling, and much more. There will also be a delicious BBQ in case you miss lunch or need an early evening meal, so come along for a great day with all proceeds raised in aid of St. Joseph N.S. Parents Association.