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Catering staff brave Storm Ali to bring students meals

THE catering staff of two local primary schools braved Storm Ali to ensure that the pupils got their dinners as usual yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon.

Each day food is brought to St Eugene’s PS, Ticur from Gibson Primary in Omagh. But yesterday’s lunchtime meal almost didn’t arrive due to the adverse weather.

St Eugene’s principal, Margaret Donaghy, thanked the staff at the school and from Gibson PS who ensured that pupils got their dinners as usual despite the strong winds.

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“Our dinners are prepared by Gibson PS and then delivered here in good time every day. However, things didn’t go according to plan for us yesterday,” she said.

“We got a phone call from the dinner lady at Gibson who said she wasn’t able to reach the school on the main road because it had been blocked by a fallen tree.

“She then tried another route through Knockmoyle which was also blocked because of the wind. Some of our own staff then directed her a different way again which was thankfully passable.

“Fortunately, there weren’t as many children as normal who were getting dinners and we were getting ready to use the supplies normally reserved for our breakfast club. The dinners finally arrived at about 12.45pm and were enjoyed by everyone.”

The principal added that the excitement of Storm Ali had provided a source of interest for the children throughout the day.

“They were listening to the wind howling outside and watching for any fallen branches. It was good that they were safe and warm inside for the worst of the storm,” she added.

Pupils at the nearby Dunmullan Primary School had to go through their school day without electricity. There was also disruption at Omagh Academy where students were not allowed to go into Omagh town centre at lunchtime due to the weather.

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The Education Authority said that they would not be notified immediately of schools closed as a result of the weather.

They said that any schools seeking advice on what to do during adverse weather should contact their website.

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