A PLANNING application for a €1.5 million new school in Skibbereen has been lodged with Cork County Council by the board of Gaelscoil Dr Uí Shúilleabháin.
The application is to provide a new gaelscoil that will have four classrooms, a general purpose hall, a library, resource room and a learning support centre, as well as a modern outdoor play area and a ball court.
Early in 2015, the Cork Education and Training Board transferred ownership of a site in the grounds of Rossa College – a former football pitch – to the Department of Education’s building unit.
The project then went to the design stage and on Wednesday, the principal of Gaelscoil Dr Uí Shúilleabháin, Aisling Ní Néill, confirmed to The Southern Star that the board of management has applied for planning permission.
If permission is granted within the next three months, the principal said, construction could commence early in the New Year.
‘We are delighted that the project is progressing and that we are closer to getting a modern educational facility for our 60 students,’ she said.
‘A new school will attract new students,’ added Ms Ní Néill, who confirmed that they are already receiving enrolments for 2017.
At present, the 60 pupils at the school are accommodated in a crowded pre-fab building.