Last Friday, Minister for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon T.D. and school patron, Dr John Kirby joined the staff, pupils, parents, members of the Board of Management and invited guests to celebrate the official opening and blessing of the recent extensions to Creagh NS, Ballinasloe. This marked the final stage of a two million building project which began in 2009 and incorporates six mainstream classrooms, five tutorial rooms, an extension to the school hall and a state of the art library. Chairperson of the Board of Management, Fr Declan Mc Inerney welcomed the guests, which included former principal, Tony Broderick who had been associated with the building project since its inception.
The occasion marked a culmination of many stages of development of Creagh NS. In her address, Principal, Stephanie Keating said that the completion of the building will ensure that the pupils of today and of many generations to come will have the benefit of a first class primary education in a modern well-resourced school. She went on to say that this project was evidence, if such were needed of what can be achieved through the co-operation of Church, State and parents. This was endorsed by Bishop Kirby who highlighted how all of the partners in education have equal representation on schools’ Boards of Management. Minister Cannon spoke of the proud tradition of excellence in teaching and learning that has always been associated with Creagh NS. He congratulated the architects, O Cuimin Mc Callion and Gerard Dolan and Associates for their very innovative design.
Building contractors, Robe Construction and Paul Flynn Ltd were highly commended by the Minister for their craftsmanship and for delivering such a wonderful learning environment for the current and future generations of the children from the parish and surrounding areas. Following a prayer service and blessing conducted by Bishop Kirby, Minister Cannon cut the tape and unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening.