A fundraising event for a primary school in Derrylin raised an astonishing £213,246 recently. 

On Saturday, April 29, St. Ninnidh’s Primary School’s Parents Fundraising Group took part in a LipSync production at the Kilmore Hotel.

Some 14 acts consisting of parents, teachers, admin staff, former pupils and local people devoted six weeks of their life to rehearsals, routines and asking for donations, and in the end delivered some memorable performances on the night, to the delight of the audiences.

Dedicated teams of ticket sellers sold tickets in all the neighbouring villages which provided a night of fabulous entertainment for an audience of almost 1,000 people.

Debbie Murphy, a staff member at St. Ninnidh’s, and one of the organisers, said the support from local businesses was incredible.

Event sponsors Encirc, Mannok and Crust and Crumb, along with main sponsor Brian McCaffrey and Sons, were treated to VIP seats.

The three esteemed judges on the evening were Dave Rees, Director of Enniskillen Drama Festival; Noelle McAllinden, High Sheriff of Fermanagh; and Ciara O’Flanagan, creator of Fermanagh School of Music, providing professional and critical feedback for all the acts.

The winners on the night were The Misfits – a group of former pupils who performed songs from the musical ‘Grease’.