Construction work has begun on Comeragh College’s long awaited new campus on the Pill Road in Carrick-on-Suir and representatives of the school met with Education & Skills Minister Jan O’Sullivan last Thursday to discuss the project.
Comeragh College Principal Kevin Langton said machinery commenced digging work on the greenfield site at Tinvane last Monday, January 5 and it’s hoped the Education Minister will visit in the near future to do an official sod turning ceremony for the new school.
“It’s just unbelieveable to see the work started on the site. A Department of Education & Skills official informed us the project is due to be completed by March next year,” he told The Nationalist.
Second year Comeragh College students Aaron Gleeson and Eve Torpey accompanied Mr Langton on his visit to Dublin last Thursday for the official announcement by Minister O’Sullivan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin of the commencement of work on their new school.
The start of construction on three other post-primary schools in Dundalk, Co. Louth, Tulla, Co. Clare and Skibbereen, Co. Cork were announced the same date.
The four schools are being developed under the Government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme.
The schools and sports pitches will be built by the building contractor BAM Group Ireland and funded by AIB Corporate Banking and German Bank KfW IPEX-Bank. Representatives of the contractor and funding banks were present at the announcement of the schoool building projects commencement last week.
Comeragh College’s new campus will accommodate up to 500 students. It will be a two-storey building that will include 16 specialist classrooms, 11 general classrooms, a PE hall, a general purpose hall, a Special Needs Unit, a 48 space car park, five ball courts and GAA playing pitch.