Two Cork schools set to receive €33m for redevelopment

Two Cork schools set to receive €33m for redevelopment

Pictured at the proposed site of the new school building are, Coachford College students, Doireann O'Malley, 1st year and Ben Barrow, 6th year with Sheila Quill, Director Cork ETB Organisation Support & Development and Àine Màire Nì Fhaolàin, Principal, at Coachford College, Coachford, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Two Cork schools under the auspices of Cork Education and Training Board are set to receive approximately €33 million in funding which will enable them to build, extend and refurbish their premises.

For Coachford College, the investment will fund the construction of a new school building, which will cater for a long-term enrolment of 1,000 pupils. 

The state-of-the-art new build will offer the existing and future incoming students 37 general classrooms, specialist rooms, science laboratories, engineering and constructions rooms, multi-media laboratories as well as a special education needs suite, and a PE hall.

Further west, Coláiste Ghobnatan, a Gaelcholáiste in Baile Mhúirne, will see the provision of an extension to the existing school, which will cater for a long-term enrolment of 300 pupils. 

Pictured at the proposed site of the new school extension are, Coláiste Ghobnatan students, Helena Ní Ealaithe, Cormac Ó Croinin, both 4th year and Toirdealbhach Ó Lionáird, Principal, at Coláiste Ghobnatan, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork.
Pictured at the proposed site of the new school extension are, Coláiste Ghobnatan students, Helena Ní Ealaithe, Cormac Ó Croinin, both 4th year and Toirdealbhach Ó Lionáird, Principal, at Coláiste Ghobnatan, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork.

The extension will be integrated with the original building, which will see the re-designation of existing rooms to make way for 12 general classrooms, a design and tech graphic room, a music room and a home economics room and more.

"These are very significant developments for the communities of Baile Mhúirne and Coachford, which will yield enormous return for our students and their future education. 

"I want to the thank the Department of Education and Skills for their support in these large capital investment projects", said Director of Organisation Support and Development at Cork ETB, Sheila Quill.

"These promising developments serve as incredibly good news stories for the Coachford and Baile Mhúirne regions and their hinterlands and Cork ETB is delighted to be able to deliver these projects," she continued. 

Áine-Máire Ní Fhaoláin, Principal of Coachford College said the countdown has begun to the completion of the new school building. 

Pictured at the proposed site of the new school building is, Coachford College student, Doireann O'Malley, 1st year, at Coachford College, Coachford, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Pictured at the proposed site of the new school building is, Coachford College student, Doireann O'Malley, 1st year, at Coachford College, Coachford, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

"We are thrilled that Coachford College has received the green light for this new state-of the-art facility. 

"This is an extremely positive expansion in servicing the educational needs of the broader Coachford community. 

"Parents and guardians can be reassured of the future and have confidence that their children will enjoy facilities matching the quality and commitment of teachers and support staff in Coachford College," she said.

Toirdealbhach Ó Lionáird, Príomhoide, Coláiste Ghobnatan said:

"Tá pobal an choláiste thar a bheith sásta go bhfuil síneadh leis an scoil ar na mbioráin ag an bpointe seo. 

"Níl aon amhras ach go mbeidh an seacht seomra sa bhreis, chomh maith le halla spóirt ina bhuntáiste ollmhór do na daltaí, na múinteoirí agus don phobal Gaeltachta seo.

"Tabharfaidh sé aitheantas don obair atá infheistithe sna daoine óga agus na héachtaí atá bainte amach acu thar na blianta. 

"Tógfar foirgneamh oiriúnach, nua-aimseartha agus cuirimid fáilte croíúil roimh an dea-nuacht seo. Ar aghaidh anois leis an togra!"

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