€5.5m school plan gets the thumbs up
AN ambitious €5.5 million plan to extend the facilities at Coláiste an Chraoibhin in Fermoy has been given the thumbs up by Cork County Council planners.
The plan, which was granted with 16 conditions, makes provision for the removal of existing temporary classrooms and the construction of a three-story, 3,800 sq metre extension to the rear of the existing school.
Welcoming the news, school principal Christy Healy said he hoped work would begin on the project early next year.
"We currently have 560 second level pupils at the school. The new extension will allow us to cater for up to 850 students. As the number of student's increases, so will the number of teachers at the school," said Mr Healy.
"There have been a number of smaller extensions added to the school over the years - but this is the big one.
"All going well, we hope the new building will be ready in time for the 2016/2017 school year" he added.