The new building of Scoil Bhride NS in Portlaoise
Scoil Bhride National School in Knockmay Portlaoise moved into a bright big new school last September 2017 and this week it will celebrate with an official opening.
The school is the biggest primary in Laois, with 763 boys and girls, but for many years it relied almost completely on a warren of prefab classrooms covering most of the playground.
Bishop Denis Nulty will bless and open the new building, this Friday February 9, at 12 noon, while the ribbon will be cut by Monsignor John Byrne, PP of Portlaoise Parish.
Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan will also speak at the opening, with Laois TDs Sean Fleming and Brian Stanley also invited to attend.
There will be ukelele and choir performances by the children. All the parents are invited to the special occasion, and to enjoy refreshments and a tour around the new classrooms afterwards.
Scoil Bhride now has 32 classrooms and a large bright GP hall as well as outdoor play areas.
Last September the principal Murial Wall Coughlin told the Leinster Express what it meant to finally move into their new building.
"For the first time in 30 years we are all under one roof. Before this you were out walking in the rain. It is wonderful to have a staff room were everyone can go, our old staffroom was made for eight people but we have over 60 staff," she said.
Also attending the opening are representatives from Clancy Construction, and architects Moloney O'Byrne.