The march was organized by the Save Our Small Schools Group and comprised pupils, teachers and parents who traveled from all areas of the province. A second march was held in Gweedore in Co Donegal where 500 people took part.
Catriona Carty, principal of Glenmore National School in Crossmolina, promised that further protests would be held in the main towns in every county over the coming weeks.
"We have planned an 'occupy each town' day where protests will be held which will shut down the town for an hour at 2 p.m. on a Saturday until we get a result,” she said.
She said the protest gathered momentum when larger primary schools became involved after realizing the possible effects of the cutbacks to their general teacher allocation hours.
Carty slammed the Irish National Teachers Organization (INTO), describing them as "an absolute disgrace" and accusing them of showing little or no support for their members. She said she had planned to ask all teachers at the protest to pull their membership as the union is doing nothing for rural schools.
- Western People
Cemetery Dog Ban
NAAS Town Council may not have quite gone to the dogs, but local councilors were vocal about a proposal to ban dogs from the cemetery.
Dogs – or what they leave behind them in the form of fecal matter and the unwillingness of some owners to clean it up – led to differences of opinion at a recent council meeting.
Some councilors objected to a move to keep dogs out, except guide dogs.
Councilor Ger Dunne said if people had to leave dogs tied at the cemetery entrance instead the animals might be stolen.
“A lot of people go the cemetery with dogs and it wasn’t a problem in the past. People brings their dogs for a walk there,” said Councilor Rioghnagh Bracken.
Referring to dog dirt left around Naas, Councilor Seamie Moore said, “You’d think it was elephants who did it.” He was opposed to dogs being let in to the burial ground.
Town clerk Ken Kavanagh supported the ban and said that dogs cannot be allowed out anywhere without a leash.
“We’ve had complaints from people about people jumping up on them,” he said.
Although the stipulation banning dogs forms part of new bye-laws governing use of the cemetery, it will not be rigidly enforced.
- Leinster Leader
Pub Kegs Stolen
Brazen thieves loaded kegs of beer and spirits into a van in a Dublin pub robbery -- while the bar was full of customers.
The robbery took place at the Summit Inn in Howth last Thursday night, when a car and a van pulled up outside the pub.
Four raiders broke into the pub and proceeded to remove large quantities of stock.
By the time manager PJ O'Connor came across the robbery, at 9:30 p.m., only one member of the gang was still in the storeroom.
The thief tried to get past O'Connor, who was standing in the doorway, but he threw the hooded thug into crates of beer.
The raider eventually escaped by car with an accomplice, but not before brandishing what appeared to be a weapon when O'Connor ran outside to note the registration plate.
The two other thieves had already left in the van.
Gardai in Howth are investigating.
- Evening Herald