New multi-million euro Limerick school opens doors to students for first time

Students from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh made it to the Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. Photo: Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board/Facebook.

A MULTI-MILLION euro new school building in Limerick City celebrated its first day of classes this Thursday morning (January 18).

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh’s brand new school opened its doors on Clare Street following a €28million build project.

The school will now move from Sir Harry’s Mall to the new school building, located on the former Kerry Group site on Clare Street.

The co-educational school will be under the patronage of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and will accommodate over 750 students, with over 70 teaching spaces, five science labs, two home economics rooms, an art and technology room, two construction studies rooms, a multimedia room, and a PE hall.

George O’Callaghan, chief executive of the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, said: “As Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh enters this exciting new era, I know the school remains committed to its core values of academic excellence, creativity, innovation, the Irish language and culture and community.”

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“This new campus will very much serve as a catalyst for further success, providing students with the tools and resources they will need to thrive in an ever-changing world.”

Welcoming students to the new school, Kevin Ó Raghallaigh, principal of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, added: “We are incredibly excited to open our new campus, which will provide our students and staff with world-class facilities and resources to reach their full potential. Our commitment to all our students will continue to be at the forefront of the educational experience.”

Donncha Ó Treasaigh, ETB director of schools and founding principal of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, said: “This is a very special moment for Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh. When we began this journey back in 2006 with 32 students, we could have only dreamed of reaching a milestone like this. I want to congratulate everyone involved in making this dream a stunning reality and to wish Kevin and the entire school community all the very best in the years ahead.”

The Irish language, co-educational school has had over 90 per cent of its students progress to colleges in Ireland after their leaving certificate since they opened in 2006.

A further 10 per cent of its students receive scholarships to attend colleges in Europe and the United States.