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25th Anniversary, Playschool

Maureen McLaughlin of the County Childcare Committee was one of the founder members of the Playgroup. On Friday July 13 2007, at the 25th Anniversary she said during an event in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre to mark the occasion, “In the St Johnston, Trentaghmucklagh and Killea are, the catchment area for the Playgroup – there are 188 children under two years of age and that is a lot for this area. Stepping Stones provides the childcare for these children. We would be advocating that every pre-school child should have free access to pre-schooling. If you are talking to anyone with regard to funding tell them that you want free access". She added that in 1981, “The Area was very polarised. There were the Catholics and Protestants, simple as that. Things have moved on but I must pay tribute to the late Master Shannon and Jim Roulstone for their help in the early days.” Playgroup Chairperson Emer Houston acted as MC for the celebration. She unveiled a plaque commemorating the Playgroup's quarter century of growing success.

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