Historic day for Portarlington, Laois as sod turned on a new school

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Historic day in Portarlington, Laois as sod turned on new school

By Lynda Kiernan lynda.kiernan@leinsterexpress.ie

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.