One of Ireland's most prestigious girls' schools, Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, this week announced it would be closing its doors as a fall in vocations and a slump in emand signsignal the demise of dormitory life. Marese McDonagh reports
On Monday, the machines and hard hats will move on to the site of historic Castleknock College in Dublin.
Exactly a week after the bell tolled for the boarding school at picture-postcard Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, work is due to begin on a massive development project at the alma mater of such luminaries as former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, broadcaster Vincent Browne and playwright Eugene McCabe.
From June, Castleknock College will be closed to boarders. Dormitories which have been accommodating the Catholic sons of the professional and well-to-do classes since 1835 are about to be adapted following a "strategic" decision by the Vincentian order to run Castleknock as a day school only.