February 29, 2024

Major boost for three Kilkenny schools’ extension plans

Two Kilkenny primary schools have been given approval to proceed with planned extensions.

The tender process will commence at Presentation Primary School for a three mainstream classroom extension to the front of the school building that includes ensuite toilets, as well as the resurfacing of the school yard to the rear of the building.

Additionally, St Brendan’s National School in Newmarket has been given approval to proceed with the construction of a new mainstream classroom, including ensuite toilet and prefab replacement.

The news was welcomed by Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan, who said the works “will significantly enhance the school communities for staff and pupils alike”.

Deputy Phelan: “Presentation is one of Kilkenny’s largest primary schools and the brilliant team there have been under considerable capacity pressure in recent years so these new classrooms will make an enormous difference. So too is the provision of additional accommodation badly needed at St. Brendan’s. Our school communities have had to grapple with enough uncertainty and upheaval over the last two academic years. I look forward to the speedy delivery of these projects.”

The Kilkenny TD also welcomed the completion of a new extension at Bunscoil McAuley Rice in Callan.

The 267m2 extension includes two mainstream classrooms and ensuite toilets, as well as three special education and training rooms at the school.

“Since the current school formed in 2007, merging two local primary schools, demand for places has been consistently high and this new structure is essential to cater for the growing school population,” Deputy Phelan (pictured below) said.


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