There was great excitement at Scoil Uí Mhuirí recently when the school’s first year students gathered with their new teachers to turn the sod on the school’s new extension.
Principal Ms. Fiona Kindlon, Deputy Principal, Ray Donagh, students and staff gathered along with LMETB CEO Peter Kierans and LMETB chairman, Cllr. Oliver Tully, chairperson of the school’s Board of Management, Cllr Mr. Liam Reilly to mark this historic day in Scoil Uí Mhuirí’s campus development for present and future students of Dunleer and surrounding areas in the school’s catchment area.
Also in attendance were Board of Management members, Ms.Frances Kirwan, Ms. Jacqueline Matthews and Mr. Aiden Matthews along with Chairperson of the Parents Association Ms. Antoinette Rourke, Architects on the project from. McGarry Ní Éanaigh and representatives from the building contractor for the project Mc Aleer and Teague.
Once complete, the school will have the capacity to cater for 750 students. It will be of a similar size to the existing school building which means an effective doubling of the current building infrastructure at the school. Ms. Kindlon explained that "this is an exciting time for Scoil Uí Mhuirí as it embarks on this latest phase of its development.
This will be the third extension to the school in recent years and is an indication of the rapid growth the school is experiencing. The new two storey extension will comprise a range of specialist rooms including a new science lab, engineering room, construction/woodwork room. Multimedia lab, library, pastoral offices and general classrooms. The school also looks forward to doubling its provision for students with Autism by providing a Special Needs Unit which will also have the capacity for 12 students fully equipped with classrooms, meeting rooms and daily living skills area. The new extension will also have a high specification ICT infrastructure installed throughout.
The building will be ready to accommodate students in late 2017/early 2018.”
Ms. Kindlon also stated that she was delighted to be working with Mc Garry Ní Eanaigh and McAleer and Teague whoc both have a wealth of experience in school design and construction.
There are certainly exciting and challenging times ahead for Scoil Uí Mhuirí Dunleer.