Strokestown school allocated €375k for extension

The Department of Education has allocated a secondary school in Strokestown, Scoil Mhuire, €375,000 to build a large extension.

  In 2012, considerable construction works were carried out at the school, including refurbishment of existing facilities and building an extension.

  Yet a significant rise in the number of students attending the school meant that even these facilities did suffice.

 Senator John Kelly, who lives in Ballaghaderreen, said that he was delighted that Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan had allocated the new funding.

  “The numbers attending the school went up by 96 this year,” he said. “And they were underaccommodated.

  “The principal, Eamon Corrigan, came to me about it and I went to Jan O’Sullivan and I asked that she look after them. It was absolutely necessary.

  “And I am glad that now she has. This is welcome news for the people of Strokestown. The school are thrilled.”

  Senator Kelly said that the rise in student numbers was down to a surge in the area’s population during the Celtic Tiger.