The community of Stratford-on-Slaney came out in force to celebrate the official opening of Scoil Naomh Mhuire's new school building.
The event was well-attended by the community with past teachers and pupils coming together for this very special occasion.
Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, was the guest of honour for the opening of the new building on Friday, January 24.
Junior and Senior Infant classes formed a guard of honour for the arrival of Bishop Nulty at the school. After Mass was celebrated, Bishop Nulty blessed the new building then cut the ribbon.
The Mass coincided with the launch of Catholic Schools Week, which ran from January 26 to February 2. In his homily, Bishop Nulty spoke about the value of harmony and friendship.
Principal Mary O'Keeffe led the school community. She was joined by past principals of Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Eilish McDonald and Tony Graham, and other former members of staff.
The special day also included the planting of a tree to mark the occasion of the opening of the new school.
The original school building was opened in 1911. Toilets and a cloakroom were added in 1956.
Work on the new school building started in June 2018 and was completed in time for the start of the school year in September 2019,
After the ceremony, visitors had the chance to walk around the new building. Light refreshments of tea and sandwiches were served, which gave everyone the chance to chat and mingle with one another.