Senator Aisling Dolan welcomed funding for 2 new additional classrooms for Scoil Muire Gan Smál in Creagh
Senator Aisling Dolan stated
“Creagh national school has over 440 children and there is a huge demand from parents for places this September. Ballinasloe is growing and it is especially evident when it comes to getting a school place in town.
“To thank the school board and chair Mr Frank Gallagher together with Principal Áine NÍ Cholleráin Bleahene and the teaching staff for trojan work in the expansion of the school. It is wonderful to see how the teaching staff are so innovative each year in using all the space available indoors and outdoors for children. These classrooms will be a huge boost and also include the first ever autism class for the school. There is a great welcome for children of all abilities and to acknowledge all the work especially with Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) with children in mainstream classes.
“I worked with Minister Josepha Madigan in her role over Special Education and Inclusion in the Department of Education to highlight the need in Creagh national school. This investment of close to €700,000 for two high spec additional modular classrooms will mean more space for children come September.”
Principal Áine NÍ Cholleráin Bleahene stated
“These works will make such a difference to the school and with the project manager and design team, I really look forward to having these classrooms ready for next year. Thank you to Deputy Principal Majella O’Rourke and all our excellent teaching staff who look after hundreds of children from all around Ballinasloe and the counties of Galway and Roscommon. We also have strong support from the school board and parents association to enhance capacity at the school and this is very much appreciated.
“The design for these modular units proposes the space towards the Creagh junction, we will be able to keep all of our green spaces as well as a new proposed softplay area outside. We are expanding with high numbers of children each September so many young families will really benefit from these new classrooms ”
Photo: Chairperson Creagh School Board, Frank Gallagher, Senator Aisling Dolan, Principal Áine NÍ Cholleráin Bleahene, Kai O’Rourke, Deputy Principal Majella O’Rourke.