Bishop blesses new extension at Kilmore NS
The PUPILS and staff of Kilmore National School proudly displayed their new extension to a visiting crowd of dignitaries and family members.
Three classrooms and a large PE hall have been added to the main building, most of which dates back 40 years to 1973.
With a current enrolment of 382 pupils, and 21 teachers on the payroll, the splendid extension built by Wellingtonbridge contractors J and D Sinnott was long overdue.
Guests of honour on the day of the opening were Minister Brendan Howlin and Bishop Denis Brennan, who both admired the facility.
The bishop was loud in his praise of voluntary boards of management such as the one at Kilmore, where Father Denis Doyle is the chairman.
The board not only accepted the offer of extra classrooms from the Department of Education but also took on the challenge of financing and building a large hall, which is already in use by various community groups outside school hours.
'It is a fantastic addition to the school,' said principal Yvonne Miller. 'We are no longer at the mercy of the weather.'
During the ceremony, the school choir sang under the direction of Heather Boxwell and the orchestra was conducted by Geraldine Mahon.