After more than 30 years of campaigning, the three secondary school of Ennistymon are finally to amalgamate – with construction on a green field site set to begin in 2017.
The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan (LAB), will announce plans to amalgamate the schools later today, November 17, with plans for a new Steiner School building also set to be unveiled in what will amount to the biggest development in education in north Clare since the foundation of the state.
The Clare People understand that the amalgamated secondary school will be built on a green field site behind the current Convent of Mercy secondary school on the Lahinch road. The site of the CBS secondary school will then be transformed into a new home for the Mol an Óige primary school. It is as yet unclear what will become of the current Vocation School and Convent School buildings.
A number of other Clare school building projects are expected to be confirmed in today’s announcement, including national schools in Sixmilebridge, Ennis, Shannon, Kilrush and Scarriff and secondary schools in Ennis.
“This amalgamation has been on the cards for decades. This project has been advanced to such as a degree that it is now basically shovel ready. The school’s amalgamation committee have done incredible work. A massive amount of technical issues have been overcome over the past two or three years,” said Ennistymon Senator, Martin Conway (FG).
“I am delighted that this project has finally been sanctioned and we have a specific date for construction to start. This should be over the line very quickly and we could have the school in place in 2018.
“These three school have been operating in physical surroundings that were not really fit for purpose and although there were incredible results achieved by students and teachers it was done in buildings that were not suitable.
“This amalgamated school will have state of the art IT facilities, state of the arts gymnasium facilities and state of the art science facilities. I think this is an investment in the future for the people of north Clare.
“I am also delighted that a new primary school is going to provided in Ennistymon. My understanding is that when the CBS secondary school moved to the new site, it is proposed that the new primary school will begin at that site.”
Major building works will also be announced today for Sixmilebridge National School, CBS National School in Ennis, Scoil Chriost Ri in Ennis, Ennis Community College, Ennis Educate Together, Gaelscoil Donncha Rua in Shannon, Gaelscoil Ui Choimin in Kilrush, and the Raheen Woods Primary School in East Clare.

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