14 Sep 2013

Gaelscoil to seek Planning Permission

Gaelscoil Philib Barún has received sanction from the Department of Education and Skills to seek planning permission for an 8 classroom school building and ancillary facilities on its site at Crobally Upper, Tramore.

The school’s design team, lead by dhb Architects, Waterford, will submit a detailed application with Waterford County Council in October.

In advance of this the plans will be publicly presented to the school community and to all interested parties at the school on Thursday 26th September 2013 at 7pm.

This is a highly significant development as Gaelscoil Philib Barún is 28 years in temporary accommodation. The school was opened in 1985 in Tramore House with 29 pupils and moved across Pond Road to Stella Maris House in 1989. The Department of Education and Skills eventually purchased a site at Crobally Upper in 2003 for a permanent Gaelscoil but asked the school to put prefabs on the site temporarily while a new building was being built. 10 years on and 1.8 million euro later a new building will finally be built for less than what has already been spent on its temporary accommodation!!!

While statutory approvals are being sought it is hoped that Gaelscoil Philib Barún will be included in the next list of schools to be added to the Department building list as part of a stimulus package.

See www.pilibbarun.com for further information.