New Modular Building

The Board of Management of Cashel Community School officially opened a significant new school development project on its campus last Friday. The project consists of eight state of the art general classrooms fully fitted with the latest ICT technology. The development is housed within two separate buildings which are aligned side by side. The project was a response to alleviate the learning conditions experienced in the previous academic year whereupon students were taught in temporary classrooms erected in the school gym and general purpose area in order to comply with Department of Education Covid-19 risk assessment guidelines and to ensure social distancing was adhered to.

The opening ceremony was attended by the following local political representatives namely Michael Lowrey T.D., Jackie Cahill T.D., Martin Browne T.D. and Mattie McGrath T.D. also in attendance Senator Garath Ahearne and Councilor Roger Kennedy who were joined by members of the Board of Management, staff and students of Cashel Community School. The gathering reflected the collective community effort to see this project completed.

Tipperary TD, Jackie Cahill, said that he is very pleased that this temporary building had been approved and installed to the highest standards and specification within a very tight timeframe. He particularly highlighted the importance of having additional education facilities at the school.

Michael Lowrey declared “I want to acknowledge all the work put in by the Board of Management of Cashel Community School who sought approval for this important additional accommodation for its learning community.

Principal John Gallagher said that it was good news for the whole school community, especially all the students and teachers who will benefit from the use of the new state of art facilities. This investment signals the commitment by the Department of Education to the future progression of Cashel Community School. He also commended the work of the school Board of Management and The Buildings Department under the guidance of Emmet Mordant for their support with this project. He said that the substantial value of the building project reflected the commitment of the Minister for Education to enhance the social and economic infrastructure of Cashel and the surrounding area.

However, enrollment has exceeded expectations since 2016 and a lack of permanent classroom capacity is expected to cause issues in coming years. The modular accommodation is the first step forward towards the expected extension which was sanctioned by the Minister and is currently at stage 2 of the Design Stage. Jackie Cahill, the Fianna Fail TD said that the project has been on the agenda for many years and that he expects progression on this project in the coming months.

“The much-needed school extension includes a two-story extension of 1,400 square metres to the existing school,” explained the chairperson of the BOM Margaret Skehan.

“The granted extension includes six new General classrooms, a general-purpose Design and Graphics room, two multipurpose ASD rooms, administration offices, staff room, principal’s office, access lift, toilets, carpark and a drop off and pick up area.”

Margaret Skehan said the project is long awaited by the community in Cashel, and she urged the Department of Education to expedite the approval process and ‘ensure that the project is delivered without any further delay. She also declared that “Today is a day for celebration, particularly for the students who are here and for the students who are yet to come in here and the parents who may very well have come through this school in its current guise or in its previous configuration”.

Senator Ahearne reflected that the development shows the growth in this community and the continued commitments of all involved.

Finally, Mattie McGrath and Martin Brown T.D. acknowledged the great work achieved by the Board of Management, Staff and Parents in getting this project over the line. They declared “the students are the real winners”