Cork school struck by lightning

Cork school struck by lightning
Principal Sean Twomey walks a corridor at St Aloysius' College, Carrigtwohill in recent days. Pic; Larry Cummins.

A Cork school had to reschedule plans for its staff to return today after the facility was struck by lightning.

St Aloysius’ College in Carrigtwohill was left without any internet following the incident yesterday. 

Heavy thunderstorms had been reported across the county on Thursday. 

Speaking to the Echo, Sean Twomey, Principal teacher at the school said it is thought that lightning hit a lightning conductor on the building, which then created a power surge that led to the school being without internet.

However, he said repairs were underway and the school will reopen its doors to students and teachers on Monday.

Staff who were due to attend the school today completed planned training remotely, while 80 lunches which had been ordered for staff members were donated to Cork Penny Dinners and distributed to the nearby primary school.

Mr Twomey said significant work has been undertaken in recent weeks to allow St Aloysius’ College to re-open next week, with staff helping to prepare the building in light of Covid-19 related guidance.

“We’ve had an incredible response from our staff,” he said.

The school’s Student Council visited the premises on Thursday to view some of the changes at the building, including the new one-way system which has been put in place there. 

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