WATCH: Cork students get in festive spirit with Santa cycle bus

Santa Claus is coming to town: The students of Beaumont National School marked the start of Christmas today with a special Santa-themed cycling event 
WATCH: Cork students get in festive spirit with Santa cycle bus

Tom and Colm Lyons, Patrick Crowley, Max Butler, and Joseph Crowley were part of a group of over 60 people who cycled to school this morning as part of the Beaumont National School Santa Cycle Bus event. Picture: Larry Cummins.

Christmas has made its way to Beaumont National School after 50 plus students rode their bikes to school this morning during a special Santa-themed cycling event.

Donning festive costumes and lights, the children made their way from Blackrock Hurling Club to the school alongside Frank Fitzgerald from Cork City Council and Tom Hennessy of the Cork Cycling Campaign, who provided a speaker to play Christmas music.

Mason and Lewis Fitzpatrick in Santa costumes for the Santa Cycle Bus. Picture: Larry Cummins.
Mason and Lewis Fitzpatrick in Santa costumes for the Santa Cycle Bus. Picture: Larry Cummins.

“We had a great time. The kids went to great effort to decorate their bikes and we had nearly 60 kids take part and they were from junior infants all the way to sixth class,” said parent and cycle bus supervisor Rosemary Hogan.

“Frank and Tom came out to join us and Tom came with a speaker to play Christmas music. The school was so supportive and another organisation actually donated bike lights for the kids as well.

“It was brilliant, a much bigger success than we had anticipated.” 

The Travel Safe Committee works to promote active travel to and from school by walking, scooting, and cycling. Picture: Larry Cummins.
The Travel Safe Committee works to promote active travel to and from school by walking, scooting, and cycling. Picture: Larry Cummins.

The supervised cycle to school, known as a cycle bus, was organised by the school’s Parents' Association Travel Safe Committee and takes place monthly in order to promote healthier ways to travel to and from school for students.

“We started it this year to promote cycling to school as part of our overall initiative. We invite kids to meet us at the hurling club, which is close to the school, and we go from there," Ms Hogan said.

Junior Infants students Jacob Gosnell, Mario Antonio Fogarty, Calen Chalonner, and Maisie Ahern. Picture: Larry Cummins.
Junior Infants students Jacob Gosnell, Mario Antonio Fogarty, Calen Chalonner, and Maisie Ahern. Picture: Larry Cummins.

“It’s just an opportunity for the kids to experience cycling and have a bit of fun and it’s worked out really well. We usually only have maybe 20 to 30 kids and today we got double that. 

"We’re very lucky as a school committee to have all of the support that we do.”

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