There's increasing hope that St Mary's College in Ballisodare, Co Sligo - which is due to close - may get a reprieve.

St Mary's is the only post-primary school in Ballisodare, and last month, the trustees informed parents and staff that the school would close when the current Junior Cycle pupils had completed their Leaving Cert.

CEIST is the trustee body for St Mary's College and over 100 other voluntary catholic secondary schools across country.

CEIST CEO Dr Marie Griffin met yesterday with a delegation from the Save St Mary's College campaign, along with local public representatives and election candidates.

Local Fine Gael election candidate in the Sligo /Drumcliffe area Thomas Walsh attended the meeting in Co Kildare, and says the Catholic Education Irish Schools' Trust have listened to their concerns.

The local community group also outlined their plan for the school going forward, if the decision to close the school can be reviewed.

The CEIST board of directors will meet tomorrow, and Thomas Walsh told Midwest News that they're expecting the issue to be discussed at that meeting.



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