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School Joy for Carrigaline

July 25, 2012

A new 500-pupil secondary school is to be built in Carrigaline.

The Department of Education is set to confirm funding for the new gaelcholáiste under the patronage of the County Cork VEC. The new school has been planned for a number of years and a large site has already been purchased at Ballinrea to the north of the town. The county council subsequently rezoned the land from agricultural to education use.

Labour TD Ciarán Lynch said a specific timeline for the school’s construction has not been given but said he expected work to start before the end of the year and the school to start accepting pupils from September 2014.Approval of funding by the Department of Education reflects the rapid population growth in Carrigaline over the past decade.

Carrigaline Secondary School is the only post primary school in the suburban town and has more almost 1,000 pupils enrolled there.“This is very welcome news that funding has now been approved by the Department of Education. The County Cork VEC have been seeking this for many years,” Deputy Lynch said.“This is a response to the rapid growth in the area and the number of school projects both at primary and post primary levels that will be carried out in Carrigaline in the coming years reflects this increase in population,” he said.

The Carrigaline Gaelcholáiste will join numerous other all-Irish secondary schools in areas such as Glanmire, Ballingeary, Ballymakeera and Cork city. All-Irish units are also attached to secondary schools in Ballincollig, Clonakilty and Youghal.