Construction has begun on a new national school in North Cork which has been described as “a great boost” for the town of Kanturk.
In February 2015, an application for a 16-classroom school on the 2.3-hectare greenfield site on Mill Road in Kanturk was lodged with Cork County Council.
The project was given the green light the following November with 26 conditions, one of them relating to the construction of a road and/or footpath linking the site with Upper Bluepool.
In late 2016, the local authority agreed to provide a budget for the purchase of lands for a link road and the upgrading of the storm sewer near the entrance to Market Place/Strand Street.
Fianna Fáil TD Michael Moynihan welcomed the commencement of construction work on the new primary school describing it as “a great boost to the town of Kanturk during these difficult times”.
The Cork North West TD said that it was great to see the important project finally getting off the ground.
"It has been a long and arduous journey to bring this project to fruition, and there have been so many obstacles and difficulties to overcome along the way.
“It is a great relief for people in Kanturk to see the work getting underway, and having been involved with this project from the very start, I am delighted to see that all the hard work has paid off,” Deputy Moynihan said.
The new school will consist of 16 classrooms with three special education teacher rooms.
Deputy Moynihan said that the modern state of the art facility will be of huge benefit to the community of Kanturk for many years to come.
"I want to pay tribute to everyone who has worked so hard to make this new school a reality, and this is a great day for all the parents, local community groups and the entire town of Kanturk,” he said.
Construction work on the new school is expected to take between 14 and 18 months to complete.