Plans progress for new Athenry gaelscoil campus

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Galway Daily news Loughrea secondary school approved for major expansion

A design team is due to be appointed shortly for a new gaelscoil campus for Irish language students in Athenry.

The existing primary and secondary level Gaelscoil Riada and Coláiste an Eachréidh will be moving to a modern, joint campus facility which will be built on the site of Clarin College.

Galway East TD Seán Canney said that Minister for Education Joe McHugh has confirmed to him the “imminent appointment” of a design team for the new school facility.

Work is almost complete on the new €20 million Clarin College, built to accommodate 1,000 pupils, and it is expected to open in March of this year.

Athenry has seen a number of major education projects completed recently, including the opening of the new Presentation College last February.

Deputy Canney said that the town has had a “transformation” of its educational facilities, adding that local gaelscoil students have been in pre-fab accommodation for too long.

“The appointment of the design team is a major milestone for the new campus and will allow Galway Educational Training Board to proceed with the design and construction of the new facility.”