Residents who have been campaigning for decades to preserve an area of green space, known locally as the Tank Field, had hoped that the empty building would provide an ideal alternative home for the local gaelscoil and thereby save the green as a local amenity.
However, it has now emerged that Bishopstown-based school, St Killian’s, which specialises in providing programmes for pupils with a range of educational difficulties, will move to Mayfield in the new school year.
The Diocese of Cork and Ross, which has responsibility for the soon-to-be vacant building, said the current enrolment at St Killian’s is drawn from across Cork city with significant enrolment from the northside.
“This new location will enable St Killian’s to continue serving its pupils in an educational environment, encompassing a wide range of amenities which will enable it to expand and enrich the teaching and learning opportunities which it currently offers,” the diocese said.
“It will also ensure that it is located on its own campus.”