Thou­sandaire posers boost Fir­mount NS

The Corkman - - NEWS - JOHN TAR­RANT

A FUNDRAIS­ING event by the Friends of Fir­mount Na­tional School was hailed a mas­sive suc­cess as the Oriel House Ho­tel, Ballincol­lig, hosted a spe­cial edi­tion of ‘Who Wants to be a Thou­sandaire?’.

Pro­ceeds from the host­ing go to­wards the re­place­ment of tem­po­rary pre­fab build­ings with two new class­rooms and the con­struc­tion of a new Li­brary, Re­source Room and Sports Hall.

School Prin­ci­pal Chris­tine O’Shea ap­plauded ev­ery­body on in­vest­ing con­sid­er­able thought, ef­fort and time in cre­at­ing plans for the project and in bring­ing it to the point where con­struc­tion work is well un­der­way.

“We are over­whelmed with the re­sponse to the event, it was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. A won­der­ful com­mu­nity night for Fir­mount and a mighty en­ergy for the school, we’re thrilled with the out­come,” she said.

The pro­duc­tion was based on the fa­mil­iar TV show, con­tes­tants drawn from ticket sales and each con­tes­tant had a chance to win up to €1,000 on the night. All the ex­cite­ment was packed into the pro­duc­tion and the show was fully com­put­erised with 50/50, Ask the Au­di­ence, and a Phone a Friend op­tions.

Quiz­mas­ter Ge­orge McGrath put the con­tes­tants at ease and a vari­a­tion of ques­tions added to the en­joy­ment but the eight con­tes­tants picked to play were care­ful not to risk their win­nings.

Donough­more’s Vin­cent Buck­ley hoped for a soccer ques­tion, none sur­faced yet he picked up the big­gest prize of the night by win­ning €500.

Nine-year -old Mol­lie Mur­phy as­sisted by her dad, showed no signs of nerves and re­quired no life­line on an­swer­ing cor­rectly, the new Duchess of Sus­sex is Meghan Markle, that helped her win €250.

Dan Caf­frey knew his Clint East­wood char­ac­ter for an­other €250 prize, the same amount col­lected by Eimear O’Han­lon, liv­ing on the Donough­more to Coach­ford road cer­tainly helped on the route num­ber poser.

Also play­ing on the night were Conor O’Leary, Liam O’Han­lon, Denise Costel­loe and Fer­gus De­laney.

Chris­tine O’Shea said the project is a wor­thy in­vest­ment for a com­mu­nity grow­ing in pop­u­la­tion.

“Ba­si­cally we had three pre­fabs that had reached their sell by date and we needed a new hall as well; num­bers had dou­bled since the school was built just over 30 years ago and the ex­ist­ing hall was too small,” she said.

“We suc­ceeded in get­ting De­part­ment fund­ing but we’ve still had to do con­sid­er­able fundrais­ing to make this hap­pen. The quiz gen­er­ated wide­spread in­ter­est, thanks to the Friends of Fir­mount NS, spon­sors, par­ents and public for sup­port­ing the host­ing”, Chris­tine added

Adding to the en­joy­ment was an auc­tion of a framed Mun­ster Rugby pho­to­graph, rugby tick­ets and pre­mium level tick­ets for the Tay­lor Swift Con­cert in Croke Park.

Ella Hono­han, Ciara Lily Twomey, Ciara Buck­ley and Aoife O’Leary en­joyed the Fir­mount NS ‘Who Wants to be a Thou­sandaire?’ fundraiser in the Oriel House Ho­tel, Ballincol­lig. Pic­tures John Tar­rant

Ruth Mur­phy, Laise O’Con­nell and Tara Buck­ley en­joyed the Fir­mount NS ‘Who Wants to be a Thou­sandaire?’ in the Oriel House Ho­tel, Ballincol­lig.

A smil­ing Vin­cent Buck­ley won €500. RIGHT:

Denise Costel­loe was thrilled to an­swer cor­rectly at the ‘Who Wants to be a Thou­sandaire?’ fundraiser.

Siob­han and Orla Buck­ley en­joyed the Fir­mount NS De­vel­op­ment ‘Who Wants to be a Thou­sandaire?’ fundraiser.

Nine-year-old Mol­lie Mur­phy con­cen­trat­ing on a ques­tion at ‘Who Wants to be a Thou­sandaire?’ for Fir­mount Na­tional School on Satur­day. Pic­tures John Tar­rant

ABOVE: Eimear O’Han­lon de­lib­er­ates over a poser.

Dan Caf­frey cor­rectly an­swers a ques­tion to win €250.

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