Huge number of items needed for new Portarlington primary school

Contract on offer for table and chairs

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly



Builders at work last summer at the site of the new St Patrick's NS in Portarlington.

More than 2,000 tables, chairs, whiteboards and other items are to be purchased to equip the new boys school in Portarlington.

Management at St Patrick's National School, which educates pupils from Laois and Offaly, has begun the process of buying the furniture and other items to allow the new school to open.

The tenders documents for the supply of loose furniture for Laois reveals the huge number of items needed to equip a modern primary school. A total of 2,160 items are on the schools shopping list.

Some 1,677 chairs, table and other items will be needed for the classrooms. Nearly 1,200 chairs will be ordered for pupils. There is a requirement for 151 whiteboards and display boards.

A total of 228 items are needed for the offices and staffroom. While 108 shelves and other items are needed for storage and library use.

The school says it requires a high quality, timely, flexible and responsive service for the goods over a short period. Companies will have to submit offers by March 6.

Construction is continuing on the 24-classroom three-storey building with and two special needs units. It will also include a general purpose hall, support teaching spaces and ancillary accommodation.  It can eventually accommodate 700 pupils.

The school is moving from Patrick Street on the Offaly side of the border town to Canal Road on the Laois part of Portarlington.