Monaleen Gaelscoil may be on the move

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A NEW school for Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh in Monaleen has moved a step closer after it was revealed the Department of Education approached Limerick County Council for a site.

A NEW school for Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh in Monaleen has moved a step closer after it was revealed the Department of Education approached Limerick County Council for a site.

Brian Kennedy, senior executive officer with the council, confirmed that the Department asked them to consider the sale of a site for educational purposes in Castletroy North.

It is understood that it is for Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh in Monaleen and the new school would be located in close vicinity to Castletroy College.

Mr Kennedy said the amount of land they were looking to sell is over an acre but that no sale price had been agreed.

“The contract was sent to the Department of Education last week,” he confirmed.

A map was shown to councillors at a Castleconnell Local Area meeting displaying a multi-use facility, access for a school and car park.

The meeting heard that there is the possibility of building a new area office, library and community hall in the future depending on funds.

Cllr Mary Harty said finding a site for the Gaelscoil has been a big issue ever since she was elected 12 years ago.

“The Gaelscoil is awash with prefabs. Staff and pupils are working in horrendous conditions and health and safety is compromised every day. I’m delighted Limerick County Council can accommodate them,” said Cllr Harty.

Cllr Mary Jackman welcomed the news as the Gaelscoil is “bursting at the seams” and mentioned the traffic congestion in Monaleen around school times.

“The collection / drop-off of children for parents and carers is fraught with anxiety at present,” said Cllr Jackman.

Cllr Michael Sheahan called the inclusion of the Gaelscoil the “final piece of the jigsaw”.

“It will then be side by side with the second level institution – Castletroy College,” said Cllr Sheahan.

Meanwhile, while Cllr Eddie Wade said he has no issue with the land being given over for a school he said he has been calling for land to be made available from the council as a burial ground for up to 20 years.

“The area – Ballysimon, Annacotty, Castletroy, Monaleen - is crying out for one. When we had land I proposed it at the time. I was told I was off the ball,” said Cllr Wade, who asked for a progress report.

Murroe councillor, John Egan, said there was a desperate need for a cemetery in his area.

Cllr Brigid Teefy said cemeteries were an ongoing issue that needed to be looked at and the new school would fit in very well in the area.