While it may be a year later than expected, there was great excitement at Scoil Mhuire in Rosslare last week as ground was officially broken on a new state of the art extension. The school, which caters for 209 pupils and 14 staff, has been operating at capacity, forced to turn a general purpose room into a classroom while they awaited the funding to come through for the project.
Now however, the new extension has been signed, sealed and delivered and work is now under way to build an additional classroom, along with a state of the art special education room.
School principal Anne Marie Carthy, wife of local councillor Ger Carthy, was delighted to welcome members of the local community, the board of management and elected officials to mark the beginning of work on the project, being undertaken by John Gray Construction, and she is hopeful that everything will be completed and ready to go by the start of the next school year in September.
Among those in attendance at the ceremony were Cllrs Leo Staples and Ger Carthy, along with parish priest Fr James Murphy, James Browne TD and Minister Paul Kehoe, who performed the sod turning.
'Huge credit to all involved in this fantastic project, which reflects the growing local community' Minister Kehoe said. 'Special mention to principal Anne Marie Carthy, Fr James Murphy, the Board of Management and all the parents and stakeholders who have supported this project. This is the second investment in this school and represents our determination to see our pupils educated in permanent structures rather than prefabs.'
School Mhuire has seen major growth in recent years and this is the school's second build in the last five years.