Construction work is to start at the end of this month, or early next month, on the 23-classroom extension to Claregalway’s Coláiste Bhaile Chláir.
This has been confirmed to The Tuam Herald by the school’s principal, Alan Mongey.
“The final details regarding the purchase of the site were completed on December 6th and it will be adequate space to accommodate the new permanent building as well as pre-fabs while they were waiting on the new site beside the existing school only to discover that because the legal transfer of the site was not complete at the time they could not locate the temporary building there. However all this has since been completed and the school is looking forward to progressing with its extensions to accommodate an ever increasing number of students.
When they could not put the pre-fabs in place last September the school had to quickly adapt various social spaces within the existing building to facilitate some classes.
While they have managed to adapt to this temporary arrangement very well it will be a relief to all when the new extension is complete.
Alan Mongey has also scotched rumours that any part of the new building would be on any area that is a flood risk.
“There are no concerns that any part of the site for the new building would be prone to flooding.
Any water that was in the area was only there briefly in the area on part of the football pitch during December and it receded within days,” he added.
Alan Mongey concluded that the area where the football pitch is located will also be raised during the rest of the flood relief project for Claregalway and that should alleviate any flooding.