Break for the Border
A cheque for €5.125 euro was presented to the school staff and pupils today by the Hacketstown NS Fundraising Committee.Many thanks to all who helped to raise this massive sum.
Break for the Border
The inaugural Break for The Border race was held in ideal weather conditions in Hacketstown today.A hard working team from the Hacketstown NS Fundraising Committee was busy from early morning erecting signs and setting everything up.There were many volunteers from among the parents and the wider community who helped directing traffic,setting up water stations,erecting the stage and all the other matters that had to be attended to.
Over 300 runners from near and far took part in the race.Every age group from 5 year olds and upwards was represented and the school was a hive of activity prior to the event.After some vigorous warm ups the race got underway and a large crowd cheered and encouraged as the participants were called home.
Leah Furlong and Jack Weekes were the first two school pupils to finish and they were followed home by many others with school staff,parents,relatives and even some really young children who travelled in push chairs.
Afterwards all adjourned to the School Hall where the Parents Association were flat out catering for the huge crowd.All present remarked on the wonderful array of refreshments which were provided.
The event was a massive success raising over €5000.This includes very generous sponsorship by businesses in the area.It also includes money raised from a raffle and bucket collection on the day.This will be officially presented to the school next week.
The event could not have been held without a massive voluntary so once again a big thank you to all who supported the race in any way.
To check your finishing time in the event go to
For some great photographs and videos of the event go to
Break for The Border Hacketstown Facebook page
Cross Country Running
A total of 24 children from the school took part in the Primary Cross Country Running Championship in Carlow Hurling club today.
First up were the 4th. Class girls who ran the 800m. course.Spot two of the Hacketstown runners.
Here they are catching up!
You can see the effort.
Well done to Kate and Emily for getting into the top ten and the medals in this race.
On the podium.
Well done to all the Fourth Class girls.
Some of the Fourth Class boys were trying out cross country running for the first time,well done to all.
The Fifth Class girls and boys ran the 1000 m. course.Here we see the girls organising themselves in a prominent position well before the race begins.
Well done to Sophie receiving her medal .
5th. Class Podium of top ten finishers.
Tired but happy,the Fifth class team after the race.
5th. Class boys getting organised.
One kilometre later,the Fifth Class boys team.
The long distance runners from Sixth Class girls after running 1200m.
Don’t Forget this Sunday
BREAK FOR THE BORDER – CARLOW to WICKLOW 10KM & 5KM | Run, Jog, Walk or Crawl
The run/walk is a nice flat course out the Tinahely road and back to the school. Race will include the following:
• Chip Race Timing
• Music & Photos at Start / Finish
• Pre-warm up with Nathalie Lennon, Body Rock Legend
• Water/Refreshment Stations
• Music to keep up spirits
• Random Spot prizes for participants
• Break for the Border medals for the first 200 registered participants
• Refreshments and a hot cup of tea following the race/walk
• Children’s entertainment for those too little to take part
10km – €15 or €25 for family
5km – €10 or €20 for family
Log onto www.popupraces.ie to register or sign up at the school office on the morning.
Cross Country Running
4th. Class Girls Make History
A group of thirty children from the school took part in the Euromedic Primary Schools Cross Country competition in Carlow Hurling Club grounds today.First up were the fourth class girls who had to run 800m. in their race.It was evident from the start that the green and white shirted girls were showing very prominently among the runners.There was great excitement at the finish line as first Tara Lyons in 3rd. place,then Sophie Myers in 6th. place,Leah Furlong in 15th.place and Abaigh Doyle in 23rd. position flashed by the tape.The organisers added up the points and there were great celebrations when it was announced that Hacketstown NS were the overall team winners.This was the first time ever that the school had won a team medal at this event and it was a great achievement considering that all the biggest schools in Carlow and some in Kildare and Laois were taking part.
Next up were the fourth class boys who all ran creditably with Aaron Davis coming home first of the Hacketstown contingent.
5th. Class Girls
5th. Class Boys
There were only two boys on the fifth class team.Conor Mulvany produced a powerful late surge to go from 14th to finish among the medals in fourth place.
6th. Class Girls
All the six girls in sixth class got good placings with Lauryn Quigley first of the team past the line.
6th. Class boys.
Ciaran Mooney set a cutthroat early pace but Oisin Doyle produced a late surge to finish first of the boys in 8th. place.
Medal winner once again this year.