There was great fanfare at St Aidan’s National School in Kilmanagh on Friday as the school’s youngest student, Nancy, did the honours by cutting the ribbon on the new extension.
The official opening and a blessing was performed by Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell, and was attended by members of the Board of Management, staff, students and parents.
The extension comprises two new state-of-the-art classrooms, an office, staffroom and an assisted toilet. The project has been in the planning since 2012, and means the school was able to replace a prefab building that had been in-situ, as well as add an extra classroom.
Principal of St Aidan’s Robbie Byrne said there was a great feelgood factor on the day, and the new classrooms are a welcome addition to the school’s offering. Student numbers, at almost 200, have remained strong in St Aidan’s, which is the only national school serving the parish.
To celebrate the event, the fiftha and sixth class choir sang for those in attendance, while other students gave a poetry recital, and the infants class also performed a song. Both Bishop Farrell and Principal Byrne said a few words to mark the occasion. A new plaque, kindly donated by Molloy’s Funeral Home, was also unveiled.
All were then invited to enjoy some light refreshments organised by the Parents Association.