The Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board has appointed the Design Team to oversee the design, plan and build of the new 750 pupil campus for Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.

The construction of a 750 pupil school to cater for the demand for places at Ireland’s biggest co-educational All-Irish post-primary school will commence as soon as planning permission is granted for the school, which will be located on the grounds of the former Dawn Dairies / Kerry Group processing plant on Old Clare Street, Limerick.

Today’s announcement has been warmly welcomed by parents, pupils, staff and the Limerick and Clare ETB (Patrons of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh).  Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh has occupied rented accommodation since it opened in 2006 with 31 pupils.  The school now caters for over 600 pupils, and it is expected that demand will continue to rise in the forthcoming years due to the rapid growth of Gaelscoileanna in the Limerick City region.

George O’ Callaghan, Chief Executive of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board said that “We are delighed to progress this building programme for Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.  The school continues to grow at a rapid rate since it opened in 2006 and it now requires its own custom designed and developed campus to meet the needs of a big school.  We have been working very closely with the Building Unit of the Department of Education and Skills and the Limerick City & County Council to progress the development of the new campus and the appointment of a Design Team is a major step in delivering the project.  LCETB is particularly excited that Thompson Architects, which has a very impressive reputation in the design of excellent buildings for various education purposes, has been appointed today”.

Chairperson of the Board of Management, Senator Maria Byre said: “The development of a new campus for Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is one of the priorities for the Board of Management of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh under the direction of our patron body, the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.   The clear success of this great school is asource of immense pride to all who are assocaited with Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh and it is very exciting that a custom built campus will be designed and built to allow it to conitinue to serve more pupils in the Limerick City area.”

14-11-16 GCL LCETB, Marshall House, Dooradoyle. Picture: Keith WisemanDonncha O’Treasaigh, Principal of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh stated that “We are thrilled with today’s announcement for the pupils, staff and parents who are involved in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.  We are most grateful to all those who have helped, continually since 2006, to ensuring that Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is allowed to flourish close to its current location – Sir Harry’s Mall, where the school first started in 2006. We are especially indebted to the former Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan TD, and Cllr. Joe Leddin for all of their work in making our dream and our wishes possible.  We are also extremely grateful to our Chief Executive, George O’ Callaghan, Head of Capital and Procurment Section of LCETB, Eamon Murphy and the Buidling Unit of the Department of Education and Skills for the exemplary management of this multi-million euro buidling programme”.

14-11-16 GCL LCETB, Marshall House, Dooradoyle. Picture: Keith WisemanHaving Thompson Architects, who designed the beautiful Limerick School of Art and Design on Clare Street, The Boat House in the University of Limerick and the major extension at Glenstal Abbey, is a wonderful development in this school building programme’s journey as their expertise, design concepts and understanding of our needs is essential to delivering the best learning environment we want for our wonderful pupils.  

Thompson Architects have commenced with their brief already and LCETB and Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is looking forward to submitting a planning application in the very near future.