By Lynda Kiernan firstname.lastname@example.org
The sod has been turned in bright sunshine in Portarlington for a new three storey 24 classroom building for St Patrick's Boys NS, ensuring its bright future.
The school on Canal Road will also have two special needs units and a sports hall, enough space to expand from its current 400 pupils to 700 in coming years.
Construction is well underway by contractors ABM Construction, and Principal Pat Galvin believes it may be ready for February 2019.
“Construction is going brilliantly and on schedule,” he said.
On Friday May 4, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin Denis Nulty formally turned the sod, together with retired teacher Mrs Patsy Butler.
Also present were Joe Dunne Clerk of Works KSNPM, Fiona Dunne Parents Council, Richard Callaghan Project Manager, ABM, Bill Kavanagh Senior Technical Officer, Dept of Education, Cllr Aidan Mullins, Fr Tom Dooley PP, Council Cathaoirleach Padraig Fleming, Cllr Tom Mulhall, Pat Galvin Principal, Stephen Terry Dep Principal, Mary Davis Teacher and Rosemary Whelan Parish Office.
Below: Bishop Denis Nulty blessing the site at the sod turning ceremony. Photos: Michael Scully.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.