End of an era as Douglas' St Columba’s to be knocked for new school

End of an era as Douglas' St Columba’s to be knocked for new school

The St Columba’s Boys National School, Douglas, which is due to be demolished in the coming weeks to make way for a new building. Picture: Jim Coughlan

Past pupils invited back to St Columba’s Boys’ National School in Douglas to visit the old building and reminisce about time spent there before major construction work gets underway.

The school’s original building, built in the sixties, is due to be demolished to make way for 24 brand-new classrooms as well as three Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) units.

Principal of St Columba’s Finbarr Hurley says an upcoming open day for past pupils, both young and old, will give them one last chance to take a tour around their old grounds.

“It’s an invitation for all the past pupils to come back, walk through and remember their time here,” Mr Hurley said.

“There might be lads in their 40s or 50s who haven’t walked through the school since they were pupils here.” Mr Hurley says he is sure there are plenty of men and boys in Douglas, and beyond, who went through the school over the years.

Finbarr Hurley, Principa, on left; Bernard Lynch, Deputy Principal, with Michael O’Donoghue, Jayden Kabia, both sixth class, Alex O’Neill Connolly and Aaron O’Neill, both Junior Infants pictured outside the old school building before it is demolished in the next coming weeks. 	Picture: Jim Coughlan
Finbarr Hurley, Principa, on left; Bernard Lynch, Deputy Principal, with Michael O’Donoghue, Jayden Kabia, both sixth class, Alex O’Neill Connolly and Aaron O’Neill, both Junior Infants pictured outside the old school building before it is demolished in the next coming weeks. Picture: Jim Coughlan

At the open day, visiting past pupils can add their names and leave a message on a designated “signing wall”.

The current building will be coming down within the next few weeks, with current pupils set to transfer to temporary lodgings while construction is underway.

The building project has been in the pipeline for the last ten years.

The open day for past pupils will take place this Sunday, May 7 from 12 to 2pm.

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