Mungret getting well schooled

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Calen Martin, Rahul Malek and Kimberley Husainelaseh starting their first day at Mungret Community College.
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Calen Martin, Rahul Malek and Kimberley Husainelaseh starting their first day at Mungret Community College.

MUNGRET Community College opened its doors this week, the first secondary school in the area since the closure of Mungret College more than 40 years ago.

School principal Liam O’Mahony described the day as a “very significant milestone” as the school begins its “journey to providing a high quality post-primary educational facility for the Mungret, Raheen and Dooradoyle areas of Limerick”.

Former Education Minister, Deputy Jan O’Sullivan said, “When I was Minister, I was able to approve the establishment of a school in Mungret, to put the funding into the capital programme and start the process of identifying a patron. Limerick Clare ETB has done a great job getting the school up and running in a short time in the premises vacated by Limerick East Educate Together National School.”

The community college, the first secondary school to open in Limerick in 11 years has more than 90 students enrolled in the school, with an aim to cater for up to 600 pupils with support from the four primary schools in the area.

With the opening of Mungret Community College occupying the old Limerick Educate Together School (LETS) premises, Limerick also saw LETS and Gaelscoil an Ráithín move to new premises also based in Mungret.

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“LETS and Gaelscoil an Ráithín will also be starting life in their brand new purpose built school buildings that are now complete and ready to receive pupils and staff this week and I would like to extend every good wish to them also,” added Deputy O’Sullivan.

Gaeilscoil an Ráithín was previously teaching out of the Garryowen Rugby Club in Dooradoyle, starting with just 20 pupils, the school will now open its doors to more than 300 pupils.

Read similar stories in the Limerick Post Education section.