New entrance provides ease of access to Limerick school

Mike Dwane

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Mike Dwane

Key to the highway: Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan opens the new entrance at St Nessan's Community College, watched by members of the local community; staff; Michael O'Kelly and Brian Geaney, Limerick City and County Council; Kelsey Cronin, class prefect; Michael Treacy, deputy principal; Eugene OBrien, principal and Ciara McInerney, student council. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22
A NEW entrance at St Nessan’s Community College allows ease of access for students and parents travelling from Moyross and from the direction of Meelick and Parteen.

A NEW entrance at St Nessan’s Community College allows ease of access for students and parents travelling from Moyross and from the direction of Meelick and Parteen.

In opening the new vehicular and pedestrian entrance on Monday, Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said it served as “a metaphor for what we are all tasked with doing in relation to education - making it as accessible as possible and encouraging young people to embrace it”.

Until now, cars picking up and dropping students off to school had to negotiate traffic jams around Hassett’s Cross and LIT but the new entrance means a short cut through Cliona Park.

“At a practical level, the road will ensure that more young people, from Moyross right out to Meelick and Parteen, have enhanced access to this excellent facility,” Minister O’Sullivan said.

And in time, with the completion of the northern distributor road, St Nessan’s will be easier than ever to get to.

By then, the school will be known as Thomond Community College, with the merger of St Nessan’s and Salesians Secondary School to take effect next year.

“Given the excitement and fresh thinking around the Thomond Community College project, it will be a much sought after school in the years ahead so it’s only right that it would have this level of access,” Minister O’Sullivan said.

Funding for the new entrance, which the Moyross Residents’ Forum has campaigned for, has come from the council’s regeneration budget.

“Connectivity to education is key for building a sustainable and bright future for any urban or rural location and that’s what this new access road is about,” said Brian Geaney, Limerick City and County Council.

And St Nessan’s principal Eugene O’Brien added: “This is a very positive day for our school, its students and would be-students nearby and out to the likes of Parteen and Meelick. There has been a lot of demand for this new access road and it will certainly open the school up to a wider area.

“This is all the more positive in the context of our amalgamation with the Salesians Secondary School and the efforts that are going into making this new school one of Limerick’s finest centres of second level education.”