Friday 24 November 2017

'A fabulous day for Rathcormac'


AFTER more than a decade of waiting the people of Rathcormac were not about to let the weather rain on their parade.

AFTER more than a decade of waiting the people of Rathcormac were not about to let the weather rain on their parade.

The pouring rain did little to dampen the spirits of the huge crowd that turned up last Friday for the official opening of the new Scoil Bhride school building.

The significance of the occasion was not lost on MC for the day Kevin Murray, chairman of the Scoil Bhride Board of Management who opened the day's proceedings.

"This is a fabulous day for Rathcormac. We are delighted with the new facilities at the school. We have waited a long time for this day to come and are certainly not going to let a bit of rain spoil things," he grinned.

"The fantastic turnout today shows just how much this new school means to the local community. There are so many people who have helped us along the way. This day is for them, to say a big thank you for their help in getting this wonderful new building," added Mr Murray.

Speaking after the new building had been blessed by the Bishop of Cloyne, the Most Reverend William Crean, school principal Margaret Howard said it was a truly historic day for the village.

"It has been a long journey, a journey that began some 13 years ago when it was decided, very wisely in hindsight, that a proposed four-class extension would not be adequate to meet the future needs of the village. Thus began a long and epic journey to seek a new school on a new site," said Mrs Howard.

"Like all journeys, we encountered many challenges and setbacks along the way. We also had many wonderful days - when we purchased the site in 2006, when the JCBs and dumpers moved in 2012 and when we moved into the school in April of this year," she added.

Mrs Howard said that at no stage during the proceedings did anyone involved lose sight of the ambition to get a new school for Rathcormac.

"Gradually, the phrase 'if' we get our new school became 'when' we get our new school and eventually 'in' the new school. Today, I wish to thank and acknowledge all who made this vision become a reality," she said.

Parish priest Fr Neilus O'Donnell, who played a pivotal role in securing the new school for the village, was charged with officially opening the new building on behalf of the community.

"We overcame a lot of hurdles to be here today but looking a round me now I see it was all worth it," he said.

"The day we opened the doors of this fine building, we opened the door to a bright new future for this community."


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