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Official opening of St Patrick’s School marks the culmination of a Wexford dream over 50 years in the making

The state-of-the-art building is the culmination of an idea formulated in the 1960s at a meeting in the Athenaeum

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At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.Cllr John O Rourke,Paul Kehoe TD,Bishop Ger Nash,Minister Jamews Browne and Cllr Jackser Ownes.

At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.Cllr John O Rourke,Paul Kehoe TD,Bishop Ger Nash,Minister Jamews Browne and Cllr Jackser Ownes.

At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.At the opening were Phil and Kathy Kearney and Bernie Rafter.

At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.At the opening were Phil and Kathy Kearney and Bernie Rafter.

At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.The Bishop Ger Nash Blesses the building.

At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.The Bishop Ger Nash Blesses the building.

At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.Familys tour the classroomes Gracey,Aileen,Fergal and Richard Oromande and Gran Kathleen Higginbotham.

At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.Familys tour the classroomes Gracey,Aileen,Fergal and Richard Oromande and Gran Kathleen Higginbotham.

At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.Michael Dee Founder member and Judith Phelen offically open the School.

At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.Michael Dee Founder member and Judith Phelen offically open the School.

At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.Exciting new times since you where here as Principal Lee Rogers shows Michael Dee Founder member the school with the ultra modent school photo in the background.

At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.Exciting new times since you where here as Principal Lee Rogers shows Michael Dee Founder member the school with the ultra modent school photo in the background.

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At the offical opening of St.Patricks School Enniscorthy on Friday lunchtime last.Cllr John O Rourke,Paul Kehoe TD,Bishop Ger Nash,Minister Jamews Browne and Cllr Jackser Ownes.

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There were scenes of great excitement at St Patrick’s School at the weekend for the official opening ceremony of the state-of-the-art campus.

While the ultra-modern facility has been home to the staff and pupils for the last year the opening ceremony on Friday attracted a very large crowd to the campus. Parents of current pupils along with past pupils and invited guests gathered for the event which took place at 1 p.m.

Principal Lee Rogers welcomed everyone to the opening and said it was a very significant day for everyone involved with the school. He complimented those who worked hard to make the school a reality and referred back to the dedication of the founders of the school initiative in the 1960s. He referred to Michael Dee and other people in Enniscorthy who, at that time, formulated the idea of having a school for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning and it was from that initial idea that the journey of St Patrick’s School began, culminating in the opening ceremony.

He said it was because of that vision of seeing a need and wanting to do something about it that almost 60 years later the school opening was taking place. Mr Rogers took great delight in introducing Michael Dee to those present and invited him to address the crowd.

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Mr Dee said the idea for starting the school was thought up at a meeting in the Athenaeum in the 1960s and he said it was borne from the desire to do something for children who just needed a little bit of extra support and assistance.

“We found a site at Boreen Hill and with the same dedication within a few short years St Patrick’s School was up and running,” said Mr Dee.

“It would be an understatement to say it was a huge success because it was an outstanding success,” he added. He said the school’s success was down to the dedicated team of staff and management who oversaw its running over the years. He complimented the people of Enniscorthy and “the whole of County Wexford” who consistently gave their support and help to the school and said: “Wexford County Council and its chief executive officers were also very helpful, as were the politicians of the day. Today, however, is about the future and this wonderful building we see here and my compliments to all involved in bringing this to fruition. I can only wish the very best of success, contentment and happiness to all those who will operate within this fine campus into the future.”

Following his address Mr Dee and current pupil, Judith Phelan, took great delight in cutting the ribbon at the door to officially open the building. Bishop Ger Nash was then invited to bless the school and before doing so he commented: “The work that has gone into providing for this school is not just a commitment to private energy. It is an act of faith in the future of this community and it’s a commitment to the future of young people and the generations that will follow.”

Following the blessing those in attendance were invited to view the fantastic facilities available to the children and refreshments were also served in the school canteen.


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