As the students enjoy a rest over the summer holidays, Coláiste Chú Chulainn, Dundalk, is a hive of activity.
With the new school year approaching, preparations for the opening of Dundalk newest post-primary school are well under way.
Principal Deirdre Uí Liatháin recently welcomed Peter Kierans, CEO of Louth and Meath Education and Training Board, to view progress at the school’s temporary campus in Chapel street.
Expansion of the Chapel Street campus is gathering pace as the landmark Old ESB building readily embraces conversion into a bright and modern, 400-seat education suite.
From the 1930s, the building was the headquarters of the Electricity Supply Board north-east region covering Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan.
Before that it was the headquaters of the first electricity company to operate in Dundalk before the setting up of the ESB in 1927.
The campus will comprise of specialist accommodation for science, home economics, art, technical graphics and materials technology along with computer rooms, language rooms and general classrooms.
“There is a real sense of history here at the Chapel street site,” said a delighted Deirdre.
“It is exciting to see that merging with the most up to date education facilities for our pioneering group of Coláiste Chú Chulainn first years.”
The transformation of Coláiste Chú Chulainn’s first home represents a marriage of tradition and progress.
The landmark buildings, once instrumental in bringing electric lighting and power to Dundalk, evolve into a beacon for educational excellence, a light for the future.
Excitement is gathering among teachers, students and parents alike as Coláiste Chú Chulainn looks confidently forward to its first day of term.
In tandem with building work, other preparations to welcome the historic group of 80 first year students are advancing apace with recruitment of the school’s team of 10 excellent teachers.
The school’s uniform and crest is also in the final stages of production.
Coláiste Chú Chulainn will be based in its temporary accommodation in Chapel street, alongside its all-Irish sister school Coláiste Lú.
Their new state of the art education campus opens at the Marshes in the 2015/16 school year.