Lisdoonan National School – Official Opening of Extension

The new extension to Lisdoonan National School was officially opened on Friday, 22 October 2010. Full details of the official opening can be read in the article below, written by Veronica Johnston.  The article appeared in The Northern Standard newspaper on Thursday, 28th October 2010.

Wall of Remembrance

Wall of Remembrance
The Wall of Remembrance, which formed part of the fundraising process for the school extension, was unveiled at the official opening of the school. The wall on which the past pupils’ names is displayed is an original stone wall of the school, the stonework was exposed and treated during the renovation process.

Past pupils who still wish to have their name included on the Wall of Remembrance still have the opportunity to do so. We will be updating the Wall of Remembrance again in July 2011 so if you are interested in having your name included please contact Lisdoonan National School at 042 966 2375 and we will send you on further information.

DVD of Official Opening
The DVD of the official opening is now available to buy!
Orders can be placed through the school. Please ring 042 966 2375 to place your order and arrange payment.

The DVD costs €10 plus postage.
For deliveries within Ireland, please add €2 postage.
For deliveries everywhere else, please add €5 postage.

New Extension Opened At Lisdoonan National School
by Veronica Johnston, The Northern Standard

The inclement weather conditions of Friday afternoon didn’t stop the pupils, staff, parents and the community at large from coming out in force to celebrate the official opening of the extension at Lisdoonan National School, which included the refurbishment of the existing school.  The opening eremony followed a Mass concelebrated by Bishop of Clogher Liam MacDaid, Fr. Michael Daly, PP, and Fr. Michael Jordan, CC, Donaghmoyne.  The Mass was very interactive, with pupils taking part in every facet of the celebration, Bishop MacDaid even took the time to ask the children some questions, such as “What are the three most important buildings in the community?” to which the unanimous response was:  “The Church, school and last but not least, home.

Officiating the opening and blessing of the newly extended school, Bishop Liam MacDaid said:
“Bless this school extension, which we have built for the education and faith development of our young people.  Bless our students, teachers and staff, our parents, board members and all who promote education in our community.  May our youth grow in wisdom, age and grace, may this school under the patronage of St. Mary be a home of truth, wisdom, faith and good will towards all.

The extension marks the opening of another chapter in the school’s 180-year history.  The original school building, which lay across the road from the site it occupies now, was operational from 1831 to 1899.  Brendan McEneaney, Principal paid tribute to the foresight and sacrifices of generations past and present, in providing and improving the fine educational facility.  Parents and teachers alike were single-minded in providing the best possible education for the youth of Lisdoonan and beyond.  He was proud to see the new extension and refurbishment, representing an investment of approximately €700,000, reach
completion, commenting that former teachers and pupils alike would be impressed with the
new look national school and its amenities.  Two classrooms and a multi-purpose room has been added to the existing building, which also benefited from a facelift, affording the 117 pupils that currently attend the school more space.

Lisdoonan in 2010 had much to celebrate, he continued, thanks to the hard work of its citizens, especially Lisdoonan Development Association.  The thriving village now enjoyed a community crèche and shop, a refurbished church, cemetery and car park, housing for families and senior citizens, as well as numerous new homes, he commented, before adding that President Mary McAleese had said on an official visit to the village, that many a rural community in Ireland could model itself on Lisdoonan.  The Principal of Scoil Náisiúnta Losi Dúnáin of twenty years standing concluded by saying that he was privileged and proud to see the school go from strength to strength.

It was then the turn of PJ McEneaney, Chairperson of the Board of Management to say a few words to mark the auspicious occasion.  He acknowledged a note of congratulations from Fr. Edmund Maguire who could not be present on the day and conveyed his own good wishes to the Board of Management, school staff and the people of Lisdoonan on completion of the ambitious project.  He thanked Bishop Liam MacDaid for taking time out of his busy schedule to say Mass in St. Mary’s Church, before blessing the new extension.  The Bishop of Clogher was also wished good health and blessings in his work at this challenging time.  Teachers, staff and pupils past and present were welcomed to the opening, as were the Board of Management, Parents’ Association and Fundraising Committee.  Grants from the Department of Education were also acknowledged, as was the huge generosity of parents and the community at large.  In conclusion, PJ commented:  “As a past pupil of this school I look back and see so many changes.  I hope present pupils of Lisdoonan National School appreciate their very fine facilities, facilities that people of my generation could never imagine would ever
exist in Lisdoonan.

Without further ado the red ribbon was cut and the magnificence of the extension and revamped  school was unveiled to all before refreshments were served in the adjoining marquee.

Text on Official Opening © Veronica Johnston, The Northern Standard
Images of Official Opening © Jimmy Walsh