North Cork Fine Gael Cllr. John Paul O’Shea has welcomed confirmation from the Cork Education & Training Board that Planning Permission has now been sought for the construction of a new School in Dromahane.
The new School which will comprise of 5 new classrooms with ancillary accommodation, external works, play areas and car parking facilities.
Welcoming the news, Cllr. O’Shea said “this is an important step in the process of getting our new School for the Village. The School has served the village well over the years but with expanding pupil numbers and service needs, a new build in needed for Dromahane. There is now over 240 pupils enrolled at the School with a significant staff resource. It is imperative we provide the much needed facilities for our young people along with the staff at the School. These are our future and we need to provide them with the best opportunity for their future”.
Dromahane National School is a single storey primary school situated in the centre of Dromahane Village, Mallow, Co. Cork. The original school building was constructed in 1966 and a standalone extension of 3 classrooms and one SET room was constructed in 2014. There are 2 further classrooms, small library and staff room housed in temporary accommodation and attached to the original school. Due to the extensive level of modification and investment required to upgrade the original school building it is proposed to demolish the original building along with removal of the temporary accommodation. A new extension is proposed that will be connected to and incorporated with the standalone extension which will form a new 8 classroom modern primary school to fulfil the current education needs of the school and also make provision for possible future extension.
Cllr. O’Shea added “We have seen a huge increase in development of housing and amenities in Dromahane over the last 10-15 years and it is important the we continue to provide essential services such as educational facilities for the village. I look forward to seeing this project progress over the coming weeks and months”.