A group of Young Social Innovators from the Ursuline Secondary School are promoting water safety throughout the area through their project which is going forward for regional finals in Cork this year.
‘Buoys Allowed’ is the very catchy name for the project which has seen Sinead Ryan, Aoife Hoctor, Hannah Ryan, Lorna Ryan, Caitlin Kieran, Chris Ryan, Louise Cadell, Orlaith Clancy, Norita Bourke and Aoife Fogarty raise funds for the provision of water buoys on the River Suir ar Lady’s Well and the Clodagh at the Sandtrap - these funds were raised by a car washing venture which proved lucrative, but challenging in some cases.
The group has given presentations in nine primary schools in the area on water safety and have had Liam Corcoran from the Irish Water Safety Association in to speak to the students in their own school.
Their project is being monitored by Annette Flanagan, Mary Slattery and Mary Doherty in the Urusline and the girls have also established a popular Facebook page as well as a website buoysallowed.weebly.com
As well as all of this, half of the group are currently undertaking lifeguard training in Templemore, while the entire groups is committed to spreading the gospel about water safety.
The group purchased the buoys from the council and has arranged for the installation of same at the two locations mentioned.
The Buoys Allowed group are to be commended for their great work in promoting water safety. We wish them well in the regional finals in Cork.