LIMERICK will be home to the largest all-Irish post primary school from this September, as Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh welcomes its new intake of students.
The school, at Sir Harry’s Mall, has been continuously expanding in recent years having started with just 31 students back in 2006.
It has acquired new rooms from neighbouring buildings on George’s Quay in a bid to cope with the demand.
And from this September, there will be 540 students present in the school.
College principal Donncha O’ Treasaigh says the school has now outstripped Colaiste na Coiribe in Galway City as the largest all-Irish school in the country by numbers.
“In September, we will be the biggest with more than 535 students in post-primary education,” he confirmed.
Asked why he feels the school - opened in 2006 by the City of Limerick VEC - has been so popular, he said it is because of the growth in the number of Irish primary schools feeding into it.
“This, as well as the general desire for an all-Irish education, given the fact that there are very high transfer rates to university,” he added.
For its influx of new students this September, the school has secured planning permission for five new classrooms in George’s Quay in buildings adjacent to Barrington’s Hospital.
But plans are in place for the school to eventually move into its own purpose-built building.
It is hoped this will happen over the next five years.
“It is a good news story, and we are delighted with the way in which the school is progressing,” he added.
Among those congratulating the school on its growth were Mayor Kathleen Leddin.
When she learnt the news of the school’s record from the social media internet web site Twitter, she wrote in response: “Great achievement! Congratulations to all involved and best wishes for the new school year.”