Bishop gives extension at Limerick school his blessing

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Bishop Leahy with Aisling Cahill, age 3, with her proud mother Liz Cahill, Banogue, at the extension of Banogue National School. Picture Brendan Gleeson
THE Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, has unveiled a new €140,000 extension at Banogue National School - the first major works to be carried out on the building since it was built in 1967.

THE Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, has unveiled a new €140,000 extension at Banogue National School - the first major works to be carried out on the building since it was built in 1967.

The extension, which was funded by the Department of Education, includes a new resource room, an office, staff room, staff toilets and a corridor linking to the older classrooms.

“Prior to this, the children would have to go outside to go from one classroom to the next, or go through another classroom,” explained Sheila Cagney, principal of Banogue National School

“You have three classrooms in-a-row and if you wanted to go from the junior or senior infants room to the top room, you would have to go outside or else go through another classroom,” she added.

The new extension, she said, has given a “fresh new look” to the school.

“We are absolutely thrilled with it - it really modernises the whole building. It has a whole new feel. It’s much more comfortable and warmer. It’s fantastic,” she added.

A total of 54 students attend the school which has five staff - four teachers and one SNA.

Students and staff gathered at the school on Tuesday night for the unveiling by Bishop Leahy who was also conducting his parish visitation in Banogue and Croom.

As part of his visitation, Bishop Leahy stayed in the home of Croom parish priest, Fr Joseph Kennedy, for the night.

Bishop Leahy said Mass in Croom this Wednesday morning and visited Colaiste Chiarain and St Mary’s National School in the town as well as Banogue National School again this Wednesday.