MANY years ago in Murroe National School tea leaves were sprinkled on the floorboards by teachers to keep the dust down.
This story is told by Maureen Fitzgerald who taught in Murroe for 40 years. Today, there certainly isn’t any need for tea leaves in Murroe National school’s two brand new state-of-the-art classrooms.
Chairman of the Board of Management, Fr Tom Ryan, cut the ribbon at the official ceremony. And he better have his scissors sharpened as this is just phase one of the growing school’s three phase programme.
As well as the new classrooms, Marie Griffin, principal, said it was a double celebration as 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the school being built in 1964.
“We were delighted that so many people were able to join us. We thank current and past members of the board of management and of the parents council for the generous commitment of their time and energies to our school. We thank Fr Tom Ryan for all his work as school manager and congratulate him as he celebrates fifty years of his ministry. The occasion was also our farewell to sixth class on completion of their primary school education with us and we wish them every success and happiness in the years ahead,” said Mrs Griffin.
Now that these two classrooms are finished, the plan is to build two more and the third phase is to reconstruct the 1964 building, changing the existing five classrooms into three. Extra space is needed due to the growing population.
“We have 170 pupils at the moment and the population locally is growing. There were nearly 500 houses built in Murroe in recent years and there has been a population increase since 2006 that is shown in the census. We are anticipating the need,” said Mrs Griffin.
It has been a busy few weeks in the school as Shane Dowling, Michael Ryan “Maddaboy” and Diarmuid Byrnes visited to present medals to pupils following their success in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol finals.
Chairman of the board of management, Fr Tom Ryan said the official opening was a “magnificent day”.
Mass was said by Fr Ryan and parish priest Fr Loughlin Brennan. Pupils and teachers were joined by parents, past pupils and local historian Tom Holmes explained to the boys and girls what it was like going to school in their grandparents and great grandparents’ days. The children displayed their many talents with performances that had the audience clapping in unison.
“We had Mass to mark the end of the school year and to give thanks for the work that was done,” said Fr Ryan, who paid tribute to Healy and Partners Architects for the beautiful design; McKeogh Builders for their excellent work and project manager, John Redmond.
“The two rooms were finished before the allotted time,” said Fr Ryan. Thoughts now turn to phase two.