Coláiste Mhuirlinne’s first-year students will move out of temporary accommodation into their new, purpose-built state-of-the-art school facility when they return from their mid-term break on Monday, 24 February.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny presided over the brick-laying ceremony at the site in Merlin in May 2013 and the school opened its doors in September of last year, with its first intake of first year students being housed in temporary accommodation at Woodlands, Renmore.
However, after just under six months, current students, as well as future enrollers, will be housed in the 700 capacity building, located on the same campus as the new Merlin Woods Primary School.
The multi-denominational, co-ed, second level school was constructed by BAM Building Ltd and will have a multiple range of classrooms, a fully equipped gymnasium and indoor PE hall with changing rooms. It will also have a library, lecture theatre, IT computer room and a recreational canteen and catering area.
The three-storey building will also have dedicated engineering, home economics, construction Studies , graphics, art and science laboratories along with a music, drama room, meditation area, pastoral care and guidance rooms. There are numerous general purpose mainstream classroom and meeting rooms. The school will also be equipped with WiFi and 100 Mbps broadband.
The school will have in the region of 200 students in both first and second year in September and will provide a vital service to an area in which more than one-quarter of the population is aged less than 15 years.
Coláiste Mhuirlinne Principal Mr. John Cleary said that it was a privilege to move into such a beautiful building that would complement and reflect the work ethic of Coláiste Mhuirlinne’s teaching staff and which would help to build on the foundations already laid in relation to study, work, discipline and self- belief.
As a friend of sport and the arts, he said, Coláiste Mhuirlinne would endeavour to establish links with the many creative and sporting organisations in Galway City with the intention of developing students and their talents within a hard working holistic environment.
Mr Cleary encouraged any artistic or sporting organisation to contact the school if they felt they would like to could contribute to the school’s extra- curricular activities.
Parents are advised that an open night will be held on Thursday, 13 March in the new school for students already enrolled for 2014/15. Parents still wishing to enrol their son or daughter for 2014/15 should contact the school secretary at 091-769000 or download an application form at www.cgvec.ie.