Long awaited Athenry Gaelscoil campus progresses to design stage

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The long awaited Athenry Gaelscoil campus has progressed to design stage.

Galway East TD Seán Canney has received confirmation from the Department of Education that the Gaelscoil has been devolved to Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board.

The next stage for the GRETB is to procure a design team and obtain the necessary statutory planning permission to bring the project to tender and construction.

Deputy Canney has said the Department could not provide a timeline for when construction will begin but it’s understood it could take up to two years to advance.

The development will bring together existing schools Coláiste an Eachreidh and Gaelscoil Riada on one site, which will accommodate over 500 students.

The Gaelcampus will be developed on the site of the old Clarin College in Athenry, which has became vacant since the opening of a new expanded school on the edge of the town.