Official Opening at Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore

The official opening of the extended and refurbished school building by Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton, on 25th November 2016 was an occasion of immense pride and satisfaction for the Principal and school community at Our Lady’s.

The ceremony marked the culmination of over a decade of painstaking planning, detailed preparation and careful execution by those involved in the multi-million-euro project.

The ceremony commenced with a blessing of the new extension by Archbishop, Dr. Kieran O’Reilly. During the ceremony Fr. Dominic Meehan and Fr. Joe Walsh blessed the new school logo which was designed by Mr. Shane Cody in collaboration with students and staff of Our Lady’s.

The magnificent new school extension includes; three science laboratories, two woodwork rooms, two spacious new multi-media laboratories, an art room, a design and communication graphics room, an engineering room, a music room, a mathematics room, a social studies room, three classrooms and a fitness suite.

The new section also houses the school’s administration block, a demonstration room and a spacious open-plan social area leading on to a large paved courtyard.

The completed school, designed to cater for 600 students, provides a thoroughly modern learning environment, equipped to the highest specification, with high speed broadband connectivity and wifi access throughout the school.

Addressing the large audience of students, staff and invited guests assembled in the school Gym for the opening ceremony,

Minister Bruton said he was delighted to be present on such a historic occasion for the school and for Templemore.

He expressed sincere gratitude to students and staff at Our Lady’s for the wonderful welcome which he received.

He paid tribute to Ms, Higgins, Duggan Brothers Ltd, the Design Team and the entire school community, saying that the new school bore testimony to the vision, commitment and hard work of everyone involved.

In her address Ms Higgins expressed her delight that the finished project was such a great success.

She thanked the Contractor, Duggan Brothers Ltd and the Design Team (RKD Architects, Noel Lawlor Consulting Engineers, Hayes Higgins Partnership and Nollag Mac Namara), for their commitment to the project and for completing the extensive building to the highest standard.

The project was delivered on time and with maximum efficiency.

Ms Higgins paid special tribute to the Sisters of Mercy and the Christian Brothers whose commitment to education and investment in educational infrastructure over many years in Templemore had made the current development possible.

In conclusion, Ms Higgins thanked parents/guardians, students and staff of the school for their support and patience during a very busy couple of years.

(Article and photos kindly shared to CEIST by school Principal, Ms. Patricia Higgins). 

Pictured above Archbishop, Dr. Kieran O’Reilly with Principal, Patricia Higgins and students and staff. 

Blessing of the logo in Our Lady's Templemore. 

Guard of Honour by students for the Minister Bruton.

Minister Bruton Addressing the large audience of students, staff and invited guests.