EAGER PUPILS of Gael Scoil Inis Corthaidh turned up early yesterday (Monday) for the first day of lessons in their state-of-the-art new school beside Vinegar Hill. Now the school authorities face the challenge of finding enough children to make full use of the overnight landmark at the top of Shannon Hill.
'I am absolutely thrilled and very proud,' said Gael Scoil principal Judy Heffernan as she opened the door for the first time after the move from the Ross Road. The school established in 1995 with eight students was first formally recognised by the Department of Education in 1997 and now has 188 on the roll - in premises with room for 480. THE €3.6M complex was constructed in six months, in response to census figures showing a rising birth rate in the Enniscorthy area.
With half of the 16 classrooms vacant, there is plenty of room for more children to enrol and the recruitment process will begin with an open night next month.
' There will definitely be the demand for school places,' predicted the principal. It is expected that the complex at the Showgrounds will be available to St. Aidan's primary school as it seeks alternative accommodation during imminent building work.