It was double lessons all round for The Rock NS last Thursday when no less than three sets of twins started Junior Infants. To make the coincidence even sweeter, their new teacher is a mother of twins boys herself.
The six twins, none of whom are identical, are happily adjusting to school life, along with their 22 classmates, with not a tear in sight.
David and Ellie Fitzpatrick are four years old, while Callum and Sophia Delaney and Emma and Aoibhe Doyle are all five. All of them are from nearby Mountmellick, and are from families new to the Rock NS.
“It’s fantastic. They are all settling in very well. We’ve only had one other set of twins in the last ten years, now we have three,” said a delighted Principal Liam Aherne.
They are in the very experienced hands of teacher Lorraine Slevin, whose own twin boys Jack and Ben, turn one year old this month.
The busy school continued in its expansion programme last year, and has gone from a typical two teacher country school to nine teachers in the past eight years, with six new permanent classrooms and 186 children now enrolled.
“There will be no more building for a while. We have a spare classroom when numbers go up. Next year we will have probably closer to 200 pupils, the vast majority of them coming from the Mountmellick parish,” Mr Aherne said.