03 Dec 2021

Laois school in Slieve Bloom Mountains celebrate new facility and healthy class sizes

The school building was originally built in 1936

Laois school in Slieve Bloom Mountains celebrate new facility and healthy class sizes

A picture of Killenure National School taken in 2009. Image: Google Maps.

Killenure National School nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Mountrath will cut the ribbon on a brand new school facility this week.

On Sunday, May 13 morning Mass will be celebrated at midday by Fr John Lalor PP to mark the occasion. After mass the ribbon will be cut and the official opening will be performed by Minster for Justice Charlie Flanagan.

The present building was constructed in 1936 and with a dwindling population was threatened with closure on more than one occasion.

Locals put their shoulder to the wheel and kept the wolf from the door to keep the school open. Today the roll call is much healthier and there is great joy that the school will now be developed further.

In recent years pupils had to depend on prefabs but that will be no more. Work commenced 12 months ago and with hard work and many late evenings and nights, the new extension and associated works were ready for the children’s’ return for a new academic year last September.

The roll books show many great names down the years and apart from education, sport has played a big part in the learning by both boys and girls.

The old roll books recall names of pupils whose grandchildren are on the present roll book. The names of hurlers and camogie players that brought honour and glory to the parish are there to see.

Cumann Na mBunscol has seen great success for both the boys and girls. Recently, the school’s boys reached the hurling final defeating Castletown to reach the decider against Cullohill and girls proceeded to the camogie final in this year’s competition.

Management of the school have expressed their appreciation to all who made this day a reality and hope that future generations will benefit by the improvements to what was always a very family friendly place of learning.

Many educators have passed through this establishment and the present teachers are Niamh Reynolds, Principal and her dutiful assistant Fiona Delaney with Joseph Phelan and Caitriona O’Donnell also enhancing the learning in this now modern facility.

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