LIMERICK city school Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is celebrating the approval of the purchase of a new site for the secondary school, a move which was announced today.
The school, now situated at Sir Harry’s Mall, will move to the grounds of the former Dawn Dairies-Kerry Group processing plant on Old Clare Street in the city.
The construction of the school, which was approved by the Department of Health and Skills, will mean that Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh will increase its pupil capacity of 750, up from its current population of 585 pupils.
At the launch this Thursday morning, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan welcomed the school’s prospective move.
“The development of a new campus for Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh was one of my priorities when I became Minister for Education,” she said.
“I have carefully monitored the growth of the Gaelcholáiste since it opened, and the success of this great school means it has outgrown its current rented building.
“The school has a very bright future and it needs a building that can accommodate its long-term development,” she added.
The Minister explained that the new site will provide employment to the community and will facilitate pupils and parents who wish for their children to attend an Irish-speaking secondary school.
CEO of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board George O’Callaghan said he was “very excited” about the development.
“The school has grown significantly since it opened in 2006 and it now requires its own custom designed and developed campus to meet the needs of a big school,” he said.
School principal Donncha O’Treasaigh said he and the staff were delighted with the school’s approval for the purchase of the site.
“We are most grateful to all those who have contributed, tirelessly, to ensuring that [the school] is allowed to flourish close to its current location, where the school first started in 2006.”