Plans to provide a new premises for a Moycullen primary school may have suffered a setback – but staff and parents of Scoil Mhuire are determined to see an end to pupils stuck in pre-fabs, some of them twenty years old.
The Department of Education had approved a new 16 room school on a greenfield site but a public meeting has been told that concerns over cost may mean building on the site of the current school in the village may still become the preferred option.
The voluntary members of the school’s Board of Management told the meeting how disappointed and frustrated they were at this latest news from the Department, as it would undoubtedly cause further delays.
There is no dispute that the current school building which was constructed in 1978 and houses 389 pupils is ‘not fit for purpose’ and indeed was a term voiced on a number of occasions during the meeting.
Prefabs have been used to accommodate the constantly increasing number of children attending the school. Some of those prefabs are 20 years old and need to be regularly repaired and maintained.
Some parents complained of mould and voiced concerns for their children’s health — however there were assurances from the principal, Terry Kavanagh that the school had got a clean health and safety report.
Referring to a recent report in a national newspaper about an investigation by a Department watchdog into spending and procurement issues at the school, he said there was no substance to any of the allegations.
Mr Kavanagh said the Board had “enthusiastically co-operated with the Financial Support Services Unit” and described as “nonsense” the allegations made by the anonymous complainant which had led to the investigation.
Paddy Byrne, who has led the new school project for the past eight years, said they were determined to get rid of the prefabs and replace them with a brand new building to cater for the growing population of the village.
He said a four and a half acre site in Kilrainey Woods – previously owned by Coillte – had been agreed with the Moycullen Community Development Association (MCDA) for €100,000 towards required infrastructure and that the school would be held in trust by the patron, the Galway Diocese.
Almost €50,000 has already been fundraised locally by the Cáirde of Scoil Mhuire, a new group set up to support the new school project.
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Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal
For over 10 years people have been flocking to McD’s Garden Centre in Loughrea to get the very best range for garden, home and much much more.
This weekend McD’s are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building.
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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU
UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.
Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.
Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.
The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.
Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.
“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.
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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point
Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.
The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.
Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.
“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.
“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”
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