Construction has begun on a new 20-classroom school at Crookstown with the building expected to open its doors in September 2015.
Local politicians, parents, teachers, staff and pupils celebrated the sod turning on Tuesday March 25.
An information night on the project is being held next Thursday April 10 at the Heartbeat Safety, Crookstown Retail Park at 8.30pm.
There will be a cheese and wine reception and a 3-D model of the finished building will be on display. The school and the community are heralding the start of the work after a long hard fought campaign involving a number of people.
David O’Grady, Chairperson of the Board of Management of St. Laurences School outlined how the new building will accommodate 600 pupils.
“This is a milestone day for St. Laurence’s National School and the community, following years in planning and design,” he stressed; “The project has always managed to move forward at all times and was never stalled, no matter what obstacles it had to overcome. It is a credit to all involved over the years and the Board of Management of St. Laurences National School would like to express their sincere gratitude to everyone who assisted in making this day happen.”
The board thanked Fr. Frank McEvoy in particular for the donation of the site. They praised principal Nuala Costello for her “passion and unflinching devotion” over the past seven years.
They thanked Deputies, Jack Wall, Sean O’Fearghail, and Martin Heydon for their co-operation. It also singalled out Kildare County Council, the Department of Environment, existing board members and previous boards of mangaements that deveoted time and energy to the project.
Mr. O’Grady remarked; “Due to the scale of this project, the board will need to raise funds to account for items not covered under the contract and also unforeseen items. Our community has one opportunity here to build the best school development we can within the time period of construction. To this end a fundraising committee has been established under the asupices of Fr. McEvoy and a launch night is planned for Thursday April 10 at 8pm in Heartbeat Safety premises, Crookstown Industrial Estate.”
“We wish Purcell Construction, the Design Team, and the Board of Management every success with this project. Days like this should be celebrated for our parish and community.”
Some of the people who attended the sod turning ceremony on the day were; Nigel Thighe - Purcell construction, Fearghal Macaleenan, -Todd architects, Deputy Jack Wall, Deputy Martin Heydon, Cllr. Ivan Keatley, Cllr Mark Dalton, Cllr. Martin Miley, Cllr. Richard Daly, Mayor of Kildare - Cllr. Mark Wall, Fr Frank McEvoy - Parish Priest, Nuala Costello - St. Laurence’s Natinoal School Principal, David O’ Grady - Chairperson BOM, Con Bartley - Community Rep, Barry Daey - Treasurer, Jackie Ward - Teacher Rep, Pamela Skerritt - Parent Rep, Laura Alcock - Parent Rep and John Jo Walsh - Community Representavie.