Caherleaheen NS Parents To Host A ‘Gourmet Spring Grill’ At Ballygarry

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Children from Caherleaheen NS are joined by Principal Mary Connolly and Carol O’Connor with at back, Ciara Buckley, Laura O’Shea, Trish Cronin and Courtney, to launch the Spring Gourmet Barbecue at Ballygarry House Hotel to take place on March 13. Photo by Dermot Crean

CAHERLEAHEEN NS and Parents Association will host their ‘Gourmet Spring Grill’ fundraiser to support a facility which has been a huge support to parents of a child attending the school.

The event on Friday, March 13 at The Pavilion in Ballygarry House Hotel, will support the Hugh’s House charity, located on the doorsteps of both Temple Street and The Rotunda hospitals, which provides free accommodation for the families of children requiring long-term hospital care.

The Parents Association’s commitment to raising funds for Hugh’s House comes from their wish to show their heartfelt support for the wonderful parents of a pupil in the school who have stayed at Hugh’s House for over a year now.

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Jenny Pye and Alex O’Donovan are parents to Sadie who is in senior infants and since the birth of their son Jake in 2018, they have never left his side in Temple Street.

Jake was born with Omphalocele which means most of his internal organs were outside his body at birth.  Jake is still in Temple Street and has only been allowed home to Tralee once ever for a very brief stay over New Year’s Eve.

Their difficult journey has received considerable local and national media coverage and both their story, and their recognition of the role Hugh’s House in supporting their family, has captured the hearts of many.

A glamorous evening awaits guests on March 13, with drinks reception, full barbecue, live entertainment and amazing prizes.

This is an occasion to get together in support of their charity and school fundraiser and revel in the acoustic sounds of Seamus Harty, followed by live band Arklight and DJ.  The evening commences at 7.30pm.

The event is open to all and shall reach out beyond the school circle. Caherleaheen Parents Association and school are embracing this opportunity to bring together many communities, both locally and beyond Kerry, who wish to acknowledge the tremendous support and comfort Hugh’s House has provided to, not just the family in question, but to many, many families over the past five years.

Tickets €45 per person.  Admission over 18s. Tickets are available locally at University Hospital Kerry and Art & Hobby.

Visit Caherleaheen Parents Association facebook page to buy tickets online via For tickets sales dates at Caherleaheen NS and further ticket sales details, visit facebook. Tickets also available via To donate visit

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