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.



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