Despite the inclement weather on Friday, 29th of September, Glanduff N.S. was a hub of excitement and activity as pupils, staff, parents, grandparents, local dignitaries and members of the wider community gathered together. The occasion was the official opening and blessing of the new extension to Glanduff N.S., which consists of two extra classrooms, two Special Education rooms, toilets and a principal’s office.
The event was marked with Mass in St. John’s Church, concelebrated by Fr. Ray Milton and Canon Peadar Lavin. Returning to the school grounds, Principal Ms. Fiona Murray addressed the huge crowd that had turned out for the ceremony. She extended a warm welcome to all attendees including Minister Denis Naughten and local councillors Paddy Kilduff and Laurence Fallon, past staff members Mrs. Teresa Killion, Mrs. Sybil Burke, Mrs. Mary Mullally-Keane, Mr. Arthur Geraghty and Mrs. Mary Gannon, and members of the Board of Management of Glanduff N.S.
Ms. Murray expressed her thanks to John Crean, Gerry Dervin and the construction team of Dervin Construction for their workmanship. She thanked Mr. Declan Dolan, engineer, for his dedication and professionalism. Ms. Murray also complimented the staff and pupils for their patience and perseverance in working in restricted conditions while waiting for the new building to be completed.
Fr. Milton performed the blessing of the new extension alongside the new before/after school facility ‘Super Troopers’. Following the blessing, the ribbon of the new extension was cut by Fr. Milton supported by Conor Gavin and Karina Henehan (oldest & youngest pupil).
The large crowd were then treated to entertainment by the junior and senior school choirs, a group of figure dancers and recitations by pupils Gabriel McLaughlin (5th class) and Áine Sweeney (6th class). Refreshments were provided by the Parents Association and guests were invited to view the magnificent school extension. The day’s events were a true reflection of the vibrancy and great community spirit attached to Glanduff N.S.