Some 16 years after opening with one teacher and 12 pupils, preparations are underway at Gaelscoil Phortlaoise for the official opening of its new school.
The new school which opened last September at Summerhill, will be officially opened on Thursday March 13 at 10 am.
Gaelscoil was founded in 1998 with one teacher and twelve pupils.
There are now have 249 pupils, a staff of 13 teachers, three SNA’s and a full time cleaner and secretary.
“We are extremely proud of its Gaelic ethos and our expressed aim of fostering and promoting the Gaelic language and culture in Portlaoise and her surrounding areas,” said Dominic Ó Braonáin (Príomhoide na Gaelscoile.
The Bunaíodh Gaelscoil Phortlaoise sa bhliain 1998 le múinteoir amháin agus 12 dalta. 16 bliain ar aghaidh tá 249 páiste cláraithe sa scoil maraon le 13 múinteoir, 3 cúntóir riachtanais speisialta, rúnaí agus glantóir lánaimseartha.