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December 10th 2018 – Update

Dec 10, 2018

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Construction Update December 10 2018

Construction well underway on Multi-Million Euro  Coláiste Chiaráin School Campus

 Construction is well underway on the 22 acre green-field site for the new Coláiste Chiaráin School Campus. The official sod –turning ceremony was performed by the Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Patrick O’Donovan TD in late August 2018. The main contractor MMD Construction has been on site since early October and progress is well underway on this multi-million euro project, the largest project of its kind in Limerick city and county.

To date, the site has been cleared entirely and the footprint of the new school building and playing pitches are clearly visible as this project begins to take shape. All perimeter fencing and hoarding has been installed. Preparatory ground works have commenced for the construction of 3 full sized playing pitches for GAA, Rugby and Soccer. The installation of critical infrastructure such as storm water drainage is also underway. Currently, works are underway on the significant stage of excavating and installing the foundations for the main school building.

The Acting Principal Mr. Gerard O’Sullivan is extremely positive in relation to current progress and confirmed that “the developments on site are very welcome and are generating great excitement and enthusiasm among the whole school community”. Commenting on the new school campus, Mr. O’Sullivan observed that “the aerial photography really demonstrates the scale of this development. The new school building is in a wonderful setting adjacent to Croom Orthopaedic Hospital and the size and scale of the school campus is being greeted with much optimism and excitement from current and prospective students and parents alike. The students currently enrolling for admission in September 2019 will make history by being the first cohort of students to enrol into our new state of the art campus”.

The new school development will consist of a 2-storey building of almost 10,000m² designed by Healy Partner Architects. The main contractor MMD, appointed in June, is a Cork-based construction company which has a wide range of experience and expertise in many types of construction projects, including schools.

The campus will incorporate over 60 teaching spaces which will facilitate delivery of the widest-possible curriculum to 850 students. The development of pitches and external play areas on the site, together with a full-sized PE Hall will enable a diverse range of extra-curricular activities on the new school campus. In addition, the inclusion as part of the project of a Special Education Needs Unit will ensure that the educational needs of the entire school community are met.

The total value of the building project will be between €15 and €20 million and construction is slated for completion in the final quarter of 2019.


Coláiste Chiaráin is a co-educational secondary school operating under the patronage of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.

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