Lisvernane National School celebrated the official launch of the new school building recently. TD Mattie McGrath, Cllr. Joe Donovan and Fr. Jack O’Neil were in attendance to cut the ribbon on a beautiful sunny day while pupils from the Lisvernane school band entertained the parents.
Acting Principal Carina O’Brien said “The building work commenced last November and was finished for Easter and we just want to thank everyone involved. The new building will be used as a classroom in September, incorporating toilets and a new office and a big thank you to everyone who was involved in the project.”There was lots to celebrate on the day including the raising of the Green Flag and the Aherlow U12 girls football team who had won the County A championship. Cllr. Joe Donovan gave a speech to celebrate the opening of the new building. “Times have changed,when I was in school we never had days like this and the only day I enjoyed was the last day and every pupil was of the same opinion that time”. ” Another highlight was the presentation of the Student of the Year award that went to Mary Ryan. Teacher Mr. Diarmuid O’Halloran presented Mary with the prize. “In school we learn our history and science and geography and that’s very important, but equally important is our character and Mary is an outstanding person in terms of manners, politeness and in the way that she treats all the other people,” said Mr. O’Hallaron.There were fond farewells to Mr. O’Halloran who is leaving and going to Emly,and it was also an emotional time for the pupils finishing their last year at and moving up to secondary school in September.