New National School Building for Knocknagoshel Announced – Minister Norma Foley

Scoil Mhuire, Knocknagoshel NS pupils from left: Jamie Curtin, Andrew Browne and Jack Walsh were delighted with the diversion created by the raising of the school’s Green Flag on a Wednesday morning in June 2013. Behind them is the village centre school which is to be replaced with the proposed new building on a new site within the village. ©Photograph: John Reidy 12-6-2013
Education Minister Norma Foley made the announcement of the new school building for Knocknagoshel this morning.

The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today announced the sanction of a new, four-classroom school building for Knocknagoshel National School.

In total, the build will provide for four general classrooms, a GP room, a library/resource area and ancillary accommodation.

Project Approved

This project has been approved under the Department’s Major Capital Programme as part of Project Ireland 2040.

A Service Level Agreement (SLA) between Kerry ETB and the Department will be formally agreed before a design team is appointed to deliver the project.

A Welcome Development

“I am very pleased to announce the news that a new school has been sanctioned for Knocknagoshel national school,” said Minister Foley.

“This is a welcome development for the close-knit rural community in Knocknagoshel and its hinterland.

“This announcement is a recognition of the importance of the provision of excellence in education to boys and girls in a rural community,” she said.

Sites in the Village

Locals believe that one of two possible sites within the village and at opposite ends, will be chosen as the one for the new building.

This will replace the current Scoil Mhuire in the centre of the village which has been the site of schools since the early to mid 1800s.

“At least it will be kept in the village if either of the two sites being mentioned are picked as the location. It would be a pure disaster if it was moved out as it has been at the heart of the village since it was built and opened all those years ago,” said a member of the local community after Minister Foley’s announcement this morning.

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