Public meeting to be held on future of Brannoxtown school as new patron sought

Archdiocese of Dublin to divest from school, where last few pupils left six months ago

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Public meeting to be held on future of Brannoxtown school as new patron sought

Brannoxtown National School

A public meeting is to be held next Wednesday night on the future of the recently-shut Brannoxtown National School as it has emerged that a new patron is to be sought for the school.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, which has been the patron of the school, is to divest from running the national school. The 133-year-old primary, located in Brannockstown village near Kilcullen and Two Mile House, has been hit by falling numbers in recent years, with the last few pupils leaving some six months ago.

“We have been working for several months to prevent the school from closing. Unfortunately, the closure was unavoidable. The divesting of the school is the best outcome we could hope for,” said Conor O’Toole of Save Our School Brannockstown (SOSB), a group of elected local residents fighting to save the school.

A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 18, next in Brannoxtown National School at 8.30pm to discuss the school’s future with the local community.

According to the group, the Archbishop has previously expressed his willingness to divest Catholic schools  and SOSB is happy that he has agreed to divest Brannoxtown so that it can flourish under new management.