Making school days a little more cheerful

It's not often that such stir is made about a gate, but that is exactly what has happened at one Donegal school.

It's not often that such stir is made about a gate, but that is exactly what has happened at one Donegal school.

Cashelshanaghan National School, between Letterkenny and Ramelton, has been receiving compliments from the public about an unusual gate which was fitted over the Christmas holidays.

Passers-by and parents have been praising the colourful and ornate gate that was made for the school by welder Rodney Black from Ardahee, Letterkenny.

Principal of the 46-children school, Julie Carr, said the school was expecting just a "normal gate" and she only realised there was something unusual about it when she received texts from people complementing her on it over the Christmas holidays.

"We just needed a new gate for the school and one of the board members recommended Rodney as he had done a lot of work for the farmer next door," Julie said. "We were expecting a standard gate and I got a few text messages one day over Christmas, like, 'I love your gate' and I couldn't understand what the attraction was to a gate.

"And then someone sent me a picture and I was just not expecting what I saw."

Really different

The children also are very enamoured with the gate. "They love it, it is something really different. It makes arriving at school in the morning just a little bit more cheerful," Julie said.

Rodney Black said he and his wife Michelle designed the gate and they thought they would do something different. A versatile welder, he said the gate is the most artistic project he has undertaken.

"My wife drew it out on the floor and I just made it up. We just wanted to do something a bit different for the wanes. A lot of people have said it is different, that they have not seen anything like it."

Rodney Black, Ardahee, Letterkenny putting the finishing touches to the Cashelshanaghan NS gate with Julie Carr, School Principal, Joshua Carr, Tory Steele, Sam Lee and Katelin Doherty. Photo Clive Wasson