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Friday 20 July 2018

Joy for pupils as new Gaelscoil opens doors

Allie Ní Threasaigh, Eoin Seoighe and Grace Cheung run through the hallways of Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh. Photos: Andrew Downes
Allie Ní Threasaigh, Eoin Seoighe and Grace Cheung run through the hallways of Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh. Photos: Andrew Downes
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

One of the largest Gaelscoileanna in the country has moved to its new building in Galway, ending 24 years of education in portacabins and apartments.

Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh can cater for 720 pupils. It started the new term in its brand new building in Knocknacarra which has 24 classrooms, a library, a large astro pitch, two multi-purpose rooms and a large hall.

Principal Dairiona Nic Con Iomaire in front of the new school buildingPhoto:Andrew Downes
Principal Dairiona Nic Con Iomaire in front of the new school buildingPhoto:Andrew Downes

The school first opened in 1993 operating out of two apartments and a house for six years before moving to a second site in 1999.

Principal Dairiona Nic Con Iomaire said she was delighted to be in the new home as the school celebrates its 25th year. "They used to call it Hill 16 we were so spread apart. We were in and out in the wind, in the rain. Now everybody has a decent classroom. We have a fantastic hall, a lovely library and two multi-purpose rooms," she said. The new school currently has 555 pupils but can take 720, making it one of the largest Gaelscoileanna.

Irish Independent

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