CASTLETROY is to get a new 16 classroom school, with construction starting next year.
Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh - based in Monaleen - is the only Limerick primary school to form part of the new school build for 2013, announced by Minister Ruairí Quinn this week. It has been operating out of pre-fabs for the past 11 years.
The school will be delivered by the Office of Public Works and built on lands provided by Limerick County Council at Newtown on a site adjacent to the GAA Munster Headquarters on the Dublin Road.
The school started in 2001 by the Castletroy community to serve the demand for primary education through the medium of Irish. Since then, the school has grown to over 230 pupils with a staff of 16. It will be a purpose built two-stream school, offering curricular and extra-curricular education through the medium of Irish.
Máire Ní Mhiacháin, príomhoide of the school stressed that “the immediate benefit to the school is that we can now meet the demands for Irish medium education in our area. Heretofore school places were limited and we often had to disappoint interested parents who wished their children to be educated ‘trí mheán na Gaeilge’”.
She said that they also looked forward to a state-of-the-art building which will allow them to provide much needed amenities and resource areas to support learning and individual development.
“Great credit is due to past and present boards of management, the development committee, parents’ councils and staff members who have worked diligently behind the scenes to achieve this goal. Limerick County Council, on whose lands the school is being located, have been very supportive and we look forward to continuing to work with them,” she said.
The school offers a wide range of activities including: school choir, music group, junior reading club, sports – hurling, football, camogie and soccer, IT Classes and Irish dancing.
“I liaised very closely with the Department of Education and Limerick County Council on behalf of the school and parents in putting this project in place. I am very hopeful that children will be sitting in classrooms in their new school this time next year,” said Deputy Kieran O’Donnell.
“Every parent wants to give their children the best possible start in life and I know that this announcement will be welcomed by parents and pupils alike. “
For the first time the school is in a position to take in two classes of Junior Infants in September 2013, for which they are currently taking applications.