First stage of new Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh campus to get underway in November

Jess Casey

Reporter:

Jess Casey

Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh principal Donncha O'Treasaigh

Gaelcholaiste Luimnigh principal Donncha O'Treasaigh

THE first stage of a brand new campus for a Limerick City school is set to begin in early November, with enabling works on the site expected to be completed by Christmas.

The works will pave the way for a new state-of-the-art campus for Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, at the former Dawn Dairies-Kerry Group processing plant on Old Clare Street. They are set to begin on November 12. 

Clearance works on the site are expected to be finished by Christmas time, according to GCL principal Donncha Ó’Treasaigh. 

“We are absolutely thrilled. It is fantastic news. We have been waiting so many years for it now,” Mr Ó Treasaigh said. 

“The site will be totally transformed, as will the landscape in that region. It previously had been dominated by the buildings of the former creamery.”

“Clearing out all of those buildings will enhance and rejuvenate the local area greatly. It's going to be very exciting as we move towards construction.” 

“That whole section of Limerick will be completely transformed with the rejuvenation of the site.”

“Hopefully it will encourage others to develop more in the area as well, in conjunction with the stunning work carried out by the LIT Limerick School of Art and Design. It's going to really compliment the area.” 

The school is very grateful to the Department of Education and Skills, Limerick Council, Thompson Architects, the LCETB, Senator Maria Byrne and its board of management, he added. 

“Clearance works should be finished by Christmas time. The Department has also approved the conclusion of the planning stages and the design phase.”

“The project is ready to go to planning and we hope to be able to lodge that in the near future,” he added. 

“Once that is approved, everything going according to plan, we would hope that construction will happen very quickly.”

 In June 2015, the Department of Education and Skills officially announced that GCL would move its current four bases to the former Dawn Dairies-Kerry Group processing plant.