Twenty year wait comes to an end as extension is officially opened
IT WAS a proud day for St. Patrick's NS, Harestown, last week, when the pupils and staff welcomed Archbishop Eamon Martin to officially open the new extension.
Built and in use since last September, it was blessed on Friday, March 21, and the children put on a lovely show in the new hall to welcome their special guest.
'We were over 20 years waiting for the extension, so it was a happy day to finally see it being officially opened,' principal Fiachra Bell told the Drogheda Independent.
'We now have two beautiful new classrooms, two learning support rooms and a hall for general use.'
That hall was put to good use during the official opening by the Junior and Senior Infants, as well as one of the older classes.
'The younger boys and girls put on a little show, while the fifth class children did a short presentation of the school's history,' added Mr. Bell.
'We always had to go outside for events like this, but now we can have plays and dramas, as well as morning assembly.'
After a tour of the new facilities, Archbishop Martin was then brought outside, where a tree was planted in memory of former school caretaker Michael Flanagan.