History in the Making! Scoil na TrionĂ³ide Naofa New School Building Commences

Following the announcement by Ruairí Quinn, T.D., Minister for Education and Skills on 12th November 2012, eight schools in seven different counties are to commence construction under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model with immediate effect.

CEIST is most grateful to the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, T.D., together with his predecessors in the Department of Education and Skills for authorising this project to proceed to construction stage, as a result of which a new Catholic Voluntary Secondary School is being created in Doon, Co. Limerick under the Trusteeship of CEIST.

Scoil na Trionóide Naofa, Doon will be the first Voluntary Catholic Secondary School of its kind, opened in over 20 years, being an amalgamation of St. Fintans Christian Brothers School (ERST), St Michael's College, Cappamore (Co. Limerick VEC) and St Joseph's Mercy Secondary School (CEIST).

This is a momentous occasion for CEIST and one which will be celebrated by all in the Catholic Voluntary Sector.

The “Turning of the Sod” for the new school called Scoil na Trionóide Naofa, took place on the green field site at Doon, Co. Limerick on Tuesday 11th December 2012.

The construction company BAM have commenced building works on a 15 acre site donated by the Mercy Congregation, at Liscaugh, Doon, Co. Limerick.

Scoil na Trionóide Naofa will cater for 850 pupils and the building work is expected to be completed by 2014. This is a particularly significant event for CEIST and for the Principals, staffs, students and the parents of the three existing secondary schools, St. Joseph’s, St. Fintan’s and St. Michael’s College.

CEIST expresses its appreciation to all those who have brought this Project to fruition, including the staff, past and present of St. Joseph’s, St. Fintan’s and St. Michael’s College and the current Principals, John Kinsella, Eddie Bourke and Michael O’Connor.

Our special thanks to the Mercy Congregational Leaders; past and present Boards of Management Chairpersons, Members and CEO of Co. Limerick VEC.

The realisation of this new school could not have occurred without the vision and commitment of CEIST, the Edmund Rice Schools Trust and Co. Limerick VEC. The Trustees commend the local community in playing an active role on the amalgamation Steering Committee and Boards of Management, and also acknowledge the great generosity of the local GAA GFC.

We look forward to seeing the completion of the new building and to welcoming students to a new state-of-the-art facility in Spring 2014.


Pictured above Anne Kelleher, CEO CEIST, turning the sod on new school building with representatives from the Mercy Congregation, 3 amalgamating schools, and the local community.

Anne Kelleher CEO CEIST pictured above with BAM Management and construction staff.

Sr Anne Doyle, Mercy Congregation South Central Provincial Leadership team, Naas, Co. Kildare, Anne Kelleher CEIST CEO and Sr Kieran, Mercy Congregation Doon.

Building commences on green field site for Scoil na Trionóide Naofa, Doon, due for completion Spring 2014.