Bunratty pupils keep busy on national holiday

THERE will be no school holiday this St Patrick’s Day for students at a village school in Bunratty.

But headmaster Mike Glynn said he can guarantee the school will still be full of smiling, happy students on the day.

Situated in the village street at Bunratty Castle, the students will be attending the local folk park’s replica schoolhouse.

The event is being organised by Shannon Heritage as part of a new St Patrick’s Day celebrations at the visitor attraction.

John Ruddle, chief executive of Shannon Heritage, which runs the Bunratty Park, said: “We wanted to organise an event to give people another entertainment choice to enjoy after their local parade finishes. A full programme of activities and events has been organised for the afternoon. The event complements our annual calendar designed especially for the domestic market in response to customer requests.

“Among other events we run during the year are an Easter egg hunt, a medieval festival, a traditional harvest festival, a Hallowe’en event and the Santa experience at Christmas.”

To mark the national holiday, the village school teacher will give fun Irish language classes at the 19th century-theme schoolhouse. There will be a live performance of Bunratty’s Traditional Irish Night entertainers, with two shows starting at 2pm and 4pm. Live traditional Irish music will be available on the Folk Park village street. Foot-tapping events have also been organised and this will include free set dancing classes and displays. There will also be a children’s disco and Irish theme magic show.

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