HITTING THE ROAD: Preparing for the Dublin City Marathon in aid of Knockanes National School Parents Association are: Marian O’Connell, Nicole O’Brien, Shane Dennehy, Eileen Dineen and Niamh O’Connor. Photo: Seamus Healy


Making each mile count

By Michelle Crean

Five runners will push their endurance and strength to the limits next week – as they take on 26.2 miles – all in aid of a local school.

On Saturday, October 27, a group of Glenflesk runners will bravely try to conquer the challenge of completing the Dublin City Marathon – and intend to raise funds for Knockanes National School Parents Association.

Runners Niamh O’Connor, Eileen Dineen, Mary Doherty, Marian O’Connell, Shane Dennehy and Nicole O’Brien hope funds raised will be donated to the school to help in the completion of a sensory room and to purchase extra physical education resources for the 63 pupils that attend.

Sensory rooms are special spaces within a school that allow students of all abilities to self-regulate, rebalance and have their sensory needs met. Such a room will provide a calm and relaxed environment that can be enjoyed by all pupils at different times throughout the school day, explained Principal Lucy O’Sullivan.

With a strong sporting tradition, particularly in the GAA, Knockanes National School is also ready and set to purchase further sporting equipment, providing pupils with the opportunity to build on their talents in areas such as basketball, gymnastics, athletics and dance.

“These funded projects will enable all pupils to become more active throughout the school day, contribute to their sense of well-being and allow for better learning and creativity in the classroom. We wish our team of runners all the best as they embark on this test of endurance and strength. Their time and effort are very much appreciated by all the pupils, staff and parents of Knockanes National School.”