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O’Dowd attends official opening of new building for Gaelscoil Éanna

4 May, 2012 - by John O'Dowd

Education Minister, John O’Dowd, today attended the official opening of new accommodation for Gaelscoil Éanna, an Irish-medium primary school in Glengormley.

The ceremony was also attended by legendary GAA commentator, Micheál O Muirecheartaigh, a former teacher with a keen interest in Irish-medium education. The new modular style building comprises three classrooms, a resource space, staffroom, toilets and cloakrooms. In addition, new play areas and car parking facilities have been provided.

The Minister said:

“I welcome the opportunity to attend the opening of the new accommodation for Gaelscoil Éanna and would like to thank those involved for their kind invitation. The Irish language is an integral part of our rich and shared heritage, and I take great pride in witnessing and being part of a sector that continues to thrive and grow educationally and economically.

“It is a pleasure to be associated with the opening of such wonderful new facilities, funding for which will be drawn from the £2million Accommodation Fund announced by my predecessor Caitríona Ruane in 2010. This represents a substantial investment by my Department which will go a long way in addressing the needs of children in the Glengormley area.”The Minister continued: 

“I would like to congratulate all involved in this new project especially the Principal, Maighréad Ní Chonghaile, the Board of Governors and Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaíochta. I commend them for all the hard work they have undertaken to reach this very exciting stage for the future development of Gaelscoil Éanna.

“The school is now well equipped to enable it to deliver the curriculum and meet the needs of its pupils for many years to come. I wish all involved with the school every success for the future.”

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