Parent Council family ceilidh 11th August 2012

Saturday, 11th August dawned as another gloriously hot and sunny day on Lismore – perfect weather for the eagerly awaited Primary School Parent Council Ceilidh. This was an opportunity for members of the Lismore community and visitors of all ages to get together for some fun and food in order to raise funds for the island's children and the school.

The Parent Council is very supportive of all the children on the island but in particular those attending the Primary School. It organises a number of annual events for the children and also contributes to school activities buying resources and funding field trips. This year, the major project will be the purchase of a new "Jumbolander Climbing Frame" for the school and for all children living on or visiting the island.

For weeks, the Parent Council has been busy organising the event – collecting raffle prizes and selling raffle tickets; planning menus and cooking delicious dishes; booking a bouncy castle and arranging entertainment for both the adults and the children. With the evening fast approaching, a marquee was erected in the playground, classrooms were decorated with tablecloths and flowers and the kitchen was a hive of activity. Nearly a hundred tickets were sold with friends and relations coming from both on and off the island.

Guests began to arrive soon after 6.30pm and the evening's entertainment, with Katy Crossan as Master of Ceremonies kicked off with a song from four year old Donald MacCormick. There were then solos from Katie, Ealasaid and Shona followed by a couple of demonstration dances from the whole school. The entertainment continued with various guest performers singing songs, playing music and telling stories.

Outside the marquee, younger children were able to have their faces painted by Christina Cass and Jayne Layton or have a go on the bouncy castle.

A huge buffet was then provided in the school for all guests by Hazel MacCormick and Laura Cook. Diners were able to choose from a variety of curries and lasagne, salads, salmon and cold meats. There was also barbecue food expertly cooked by John MacCormick and Robbie Cook. Delicious puddings followed, all made by Fay Carmichael, ranging from meringues to chocolate cups and from trifle to banoffee pie. To round off the meal, there was coffee and tea, before the entertainment continued. In between the different acts and dances, Jim MacCormick organised both children and adult coin throwing games and there was a chance to win 20 of hidden treasure.

The raffle (organised by Katy Crossan) was drawn with dozens of prizes donated by many local businesses. Each member of the audience waited in anticipation to hear whether they were a lucky winner! After a particularly energetic "Strip the Willow", the evening drew to a close at midnight to the strains of Auld Lang Syne. Although a final figure is not yet available the grand total is expected to be in the region of 1300!

The Parent Council deserve a huge thank you for all their hard work before, during and after the event. However, a particular thank you must go to Laura, Hazel and Fay for the delicious food. The evening was extremely enjoyable and an enormous success – great food, great company and great entertainment!

Text provided by Catherine Davies on 12th August 2012
Photographs provided by Pauline Dowling and the Website group on 12th August 2012

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