Gaelscoil celebrates opening
Although Gaelscoil de hÍde has been occupied by staff and pupils for over a year, the official opening of the Fermoy school was only celebrated last Friday.
The school is going from strength to strength but securing a new building for almost 400 pupils had been a hardfought challenge, effectively over several decades.
“A group of individuals had a dream in 1982,” said principal Sean McGearailt.
“That dream was finally realised in February 2017 when we moved into this fabulous state-of-the-art school.
“But it’s been a long journey with many twists and turns along the way.
“The múinteoirí, parents, and indeed the wide community of Fermoy and its hinterland were united in our one goal and that was to have a permanent home — where the pupils of the school would get an excellent education through the medium of Irish.”
The high-profile campaign co-ordinated by Gaelscoil de hÍ de New School Action Group finally came to fruition and the imposing new school is a far cry from a cramped building which students and staff end ur previously school in McCurtain St.
The school building boasts 16 spacious classrooms and a pupil body of close to 400, with adequate space to accept more. Furthermore, it now has special education rooms, disability wet rooms, along with ample multi-purpose and storage space.
With a staff of 22, as well as six special needs assistants, two secretaries, and a caretaker, Gaelscoil de hÍde is going from strength to strength.
And with continued support from the community and businesses in Fermoy, sufficient funds were raised to provide an all-weather astro-turf pitch.
The new school has impressed pupils in all classes.
“The new school is a breath of fresh air compared to our dusty old shed, a shining star in the dark night sky. Our school is a real education,” said Rosie Gothard from Rang 4.
“Is brea liom na háiseanna atá againn sa scoil nua agus is brea liom bheith ar scoil lá i ndiaidh laé,” said Niall Ó Cluanaigh, in Rang 6.
Josh O Beirne, from Rang 6, said: “Beimíd sona go deó sa scoil mór graí seo.”
Isabel Ní Laighin, in Rang 4, said: “I feel this school is comforting and warm. I am very thankful and happy. It’s the best school ever.”
Amber O Beirne, from Rang 4, said: “Every morning when I walk into school I’m half asleep, I look around and hear younger kids laughing. It makes me smile and I get a great feeling like the one I had when I walked in on my first day.Ireallylo enew school.”
Meanwhile, IT facilities are present in all classrooms and funded by the Department of Education. The facilities are subsidised by Cáirde de hÍde, the school’s active and supportive parent group.
And in the multi-purpose hall at the front of the school, a stage has been purchased to enable theatre and drama productions.
Students at the official opening and blessing of Gaelscoil de hÍde, Fermoy, last week.