CONSTRUCTION work has begun on a new multi-million euro school which will see the amalgamation of three County Limerick secondary schools.
Scoil na Trionóide Naofa in Doon will see the amalgamation of St Fintan’s CBS and St Joseph’s in Doon and St Michael’s in Cappamore.
The school, which will be constructed by BAM Building Ltd based in Kill, Co Kildare will accommodate 850 pupils.
“Some work was done over the last couple of weeks and BAM who won the contract moved in on Monday morning,” explained Eddie Bourke, principal of St Fintan’s CBS in Doon.
It is anticipated that students will move into the new building in February 2014.
The school, according to Mr Bourke, will be “state-of-the-art” with some of the most modern equipment in the country.
“They talk about a 13 or a 14 month build and it might even come in ahead of that,” explained Mr Bourke.
“We will have over 700 students starting off so we have a little bit of expansion room which I think is important,” he added.
The school will be located behind the Convent of Mercy in Doon and the entrance will be located beside the GAA pitch.
“The GAA have been really cooperative,” said Mr Bourke.
In preparation for the big move, the amalgamation of classes is to take place next September.
Cllr Mary Jackman who is a past pupil of the convent in Doon said she was “absolutely delighted” that construction work has begun on the new school.