• St Joseph’s National School Rehins, Ballina has been approved for funding under the Emergency Works Scheme.

    Minister Michael Ring says the funding is for work on the school’s roof and should get underway shortly.

    While the Dept of Education has also approved funding for mechanical works to be carried out at Scoil Mhuire Lourdes in Loughglynn.

    Local Senator Frank Feighin says the works will proceed once the tendering process has been completed.

  • Road safety experts are urging extra caution around schools, as more parents than usual are driving their children to school to avoid public transport.

    There's also an increase in the numbers walking and cycling to school this year.

    Mayo County Council's Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says drivers need to pay more attention around schools and follow speed limits in school zones.

    Parents also need to watch where they park, when picking up and dropping off students.

    Mr Gibbons says parents that park too closing to crossings or junctions, or stop in the middle of the road to let their child out can cause serious safety issues.

    The Road Safety Officer warns that illegal parking also causes congestion and visual obstructions, making it hard for drivers to see pedestrians, and children crossing the street.

    He's urging parents-  where possible - to walk their children to school, and if this is not possible to ensure they leave more time for their journey.

  • The new €20 million Presentation College in the Co Galway town of Athenry will open on Monday.

    The school will serve 1,000 pupils, an opens for classes on Monday morning.

    This is one of two second-level schools in Athenry - construction is also underway on a new school building for Clarin College, and when completed, a new national and secondary Gaelscoil will open on the Clarin College current site.

    Galway East TD, Minister of State for Rural Affairs Séan Canney has welcomed the opening of the new Presentation College on Monday next - he told Midwest News that the forthcoming changes will meet the present and future demands for second-level education in Athenry....

  • A public meeting will be held in Galway on Monday evening to discuss plans for opening an Educate Together secondary school in the city.

    The Education Minister Richard Bruton recently invited patrons to apply for four new second-level schools to open in 2019 - including one in the Galway city / Oranmore area.

    Educate Together is currently garnering support from interested parents in the Galway area to establish a second-level school, and a public meeting will be held at NUI Galway on Monday evening next at 8pm for those interested.

  • St Mary’s College in Ballisodare will remain open until the end of the academic year 2021/2022.

    That was confirmed by the school principal on Friday last following a decision taken at a CEIST Board of Directors meeting on Thursday.

    The school had been due to close when the current Junior Cycle pupils had finished that cycle.

    At a meeting with the CEIST, CEO Dr Marie Griffin on Tuesday last a delegation from St Mary’s had asked for the school to be given a chance to increase numbers over a number of years. The delegation was made up of Thomas Walsh, Local Election Candidate, Anne Marie Mc Cormack, Katrina Finnegan and Cllr Marie Casserly.

    Parents received a communication from school principal, Mr Anthony Carty, on Friday last stating the school would close at the end of the academic year 2021/2022.

    The decision means enrolments can take place in September of this year and while the year extension has been welcomed by Mr Walsh, it simply falls well short of their request.

    He said the fight to save St Mary’s College in Ballisodare will continue.

    Mr Walsh says he doesn’t believe the school has been given a fair chance by the Trustees CEIST. He says on Friday he also learned that CEIST has had no correspondence with the Department of Education in 11 years in relation to St Mary’s College.