Our New School.
Since being established in 1984, Gaelscoil Osraí has grown and developed in a remarkable fashion. Initially set up in a room in James Stephens' G.A.A. club, and after that in the old premises of St. Patrick's Boys' School. As the school continued to grow the Department of Education provided pre-fabricated buildings. These buildings comprised of eleven classrooms, a staffroom, office and storage room. This was aimed to cater for three hundred pupils and thirteen teachers.
These circumstances were quite satisfactory for a number of years but with the passing of time the need for a more permanent structure was recognised.
An action committee was formed amongst the parents and staff. The principal Míchéal Ó Máirtín wrote many letters to official quarters and made many representations to the Department. Concerned groups travelled to discuss matters with the Minister for Education, and the matter came to a head when part of the roof of the prefabricated structure was blown off in a severe storm.
Finally the school was given the go-ahead to build a new school on the present site in Loughboy.
Minister for Education Míchéal Ó Máirtín with Gaeilscoil Principal Míchéal Ó Máirtín!
The Minister for Education Míchéal Ó Máirtín dug the first sod for the new school on 27th May 1998.
The new school has just been
completed and opened to pupils on Monday 6th September. Parents and pupils were invited
along beforehand to view the new facilities. It is on the site of the old school at
Loughboy, adjacent to the Presentation Convent secondary school.
The facilities include 12 classrooms, a
fine hall, a sports pitch, a courtyard, a play area, a library and a multimedia room,
which still needs to be filled unfortunately.
The building is finished to a very high standard and landscaping is taking place around the school.
The school looks forward to beginning a new era to lead us into the 21st century, with all the most modern resources available.