A new school for 2019

The Argus - - NEWS -

IT wasn’t just back to school af­ter the hol­i­days for the stu­dents of Coláiste Chú Chu­lainn, it was back to a brand new school.

Stu­dents re­turn­ing af­ter the Christ­mas break were wel­comed to the new school build­ing which had been handed over to Louth Meath Ed­u­ca­tional and Train­ing Board by Louth County Coun­cil just be­fore Christ­mas, hav­ing pre­vi­ously shared the ad­join­ing Coláiste Lu build­ing since Septem­ber.

The new school pro­vides gen­eral class­rooms for the stu­dents who share state of the art spe­cial­ist class­rooms in­clud­ing two home eco­nom­ics rooms, sci­ence labs, wood­work room, com­puter and tech­nol­ogy rooms and art studio and a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion needs unit with stu­dents from the Ir­ish lan­guage Coláiste Lu.

The stu­dents also have ac­cess to ex­cel­lent sports fa­cil­i­ties on the joint cam­pus in­clud­ing a gym, three bas­ket­ball courts and three soc­cer pitches as well as a full sized Gaelic foot­ball field.

At the mo­ment there are 520 stu­dents en­rolled in the two schools with ca­pac­ity for fur­ther growth as they have been de­signed to ac­com­mo­date 1,100 stu­dents.

The two new schools were orig­i­nally sup­posed to open in Septem­ber 2014 but work was de­layed by is­sues sur­round­ing own­er­ship of the land and by a le­gal chal­lenge taken by res­i­dents from nearby Bishop’s Court in re­la­tion to the lo­cal of an ESB sub sta­tion. The two schools op­er­ated from tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion in the old ESB of­fices in Chapel Street, with Coláiste Chú Chu­lainn mov­ing to the for­mer Marist Col­lege as num­bers grew.

The schools are sit­u­ated on a ten acre cam­pus which also in­cludes a pub­lic park/ play­ground fac­ing onto the round­about lead­ing into The Marshes which will be opened in the com­ing weeks.

Prin­ci­pal, Tomás Sharkey with stu­dents in the wood­work room at Coláiste Chú Chu­lainn.

Prin­ci­pal, Tomás Sharkey at the en­trance to Coláiste Chú Chu­lainn as they start the new term in their new com­plete build­ing.

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