• Roundup

Joy in Johnstown as school work starts

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013 4:22pm
Jump to comments
Joy in Johnstown as school work starts

Alex Kiernan Byrne (4) helps turn the sod for his new school in Johnstown.

Joy in Johnstown as school work starts

Alex Kiernan Byrne (4) helps turn the sod for his new school in Johnstown.

After almost 10 years in temporary accommodation, there was great joy as the sod was finally turned on the new primary school for St Stephen's NS in Johnstown, Navan, this week.

Four-year-old Alex Kiernan Byrne, who will start school in St Stephen's next September, helped school principal Jenny McHugh perform the sod-turning on Tuesday morning, while Fr Michael Cahill blessed the site.

Local councillors and members of the parents' council joined sixth class pupils and some of the children due to start school this year for the sod-turning ceremony.

Ms McHugh, who is also a member of Meath County Council, said she was delighted "to see the diggers and lorries in, the sod turned, children enrolled and the schools going ahead".

"When I drive up the avenue and see all the people in hi-vis jackets and hard hats and see the diggers, I'm delighted to see them all," she said.

While it was an exciting day for all involved, Ms McHugh said it was also an emotional day for her as it was something she had worked hard to achieve for many years.

Work is now underway on the Ä26m education campus, which includes a 1,000 capacity primary school for St Stephen's NS and a new secondary school, Coláiste na Mí, which is also due to open in September. The new secondary school will be run by County Meath VEC. Sammon Construction from Kilcock won the tender for the project.

Some 110 children are due to start school in St Stephen's in September. Pupil numbers are currently at over 700 and are due to reach 1,000 in three years' time.

Latest Video

€50 for 6 months (24 editions) of the Meath Chronicles. Ideal gift for those who have everything. Subscribe for free here.

Post a Comment

Cookies on Meath Chronicle website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Meath Chronicle website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
How does Meath Chronicle use cookies?
Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
We donít sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Hide Message