SPOOKY FUNDRAISER: Launching the Kilcummin Halloween ‘Spooky Sprint’ were Alison Pigott and Sadbh O’Halloran (front), Ciara O’Leary, Treasa O’Donoghue and Ava O’Sullivan (centre) and Ella Kate Pigott and Sean O’Leary (back). Picture: Eamonn Keogh


By Sean Moriarty


Kilcummin National School will celebrate Halloween with the third running of its ‘Spooky Sprint’ fun-run on October 27.


The event is organised in association with Kilcummin National School Parents Association and will raise funds for the school itself, and for the Fuchsia Ward at St Columbanus Community Hospital that cares for people with dementia.


“The fundraising part of the day is really important, and it is great the event will be supporting two organisations this year – the local school but also the Fuchsia Ward in St Columbanus Ward,” School Parents Association Chairperson, Derek O’Leary said.



“We also want to make sure that it’s a great family event where everyone can really enjoy all aspects of the Halloween season, so we’re encouraging everyone, children and adults to come out in costume and make the most of the day.”


The party continues in the Kilcummin Recreational Hall after the walk where traditional Halloween games will be played alongside a competition for the best costume.

“We had such a great day last year and everyone enjoyed the fun run/walk and also the after party. This year we have also introduced The Best Carved Pumpkin Competition where we hope all the boys and girls will come on the day with their pumpkins carved creatively,” added organiser Anne Marie O’Leary.


To date the event has raised €3,500 and it’s hoped that this year’s event will be just as successful as previous years.


“We are so delighted to be chosen as a beneficiary of this exciting event. We will be putting the funds raised to good use and the money will be applied to enhance our facility in the Fuchsia Ward,” Maura Flynn, Director of Killarney Community Hospital, said.


Registration for the fun run will commence at 11.30am in Kilcummin Recreational Hall which is located just across the road from Kilcummin Church.