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16 May 2013

An Fhoirgneamh Nua / New School Building

Filed under: Scoil Nua — Sean @ 4:18 pm

Bhog an scoil ón seanfhoirgneamhi i Mí Feabhra 2013 go dtí an suíomh nua ar bhóthar Ard Mhac.

The school moved from its old home, of almost 27 years to our new premises on the Armagh road. Here’s to many happy years of learning and fun in our new, purpose built home!

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27 January 2013


Filed under: Nuacht,Scoil Nua — Joe Shiels @ 1:08 pm


Tá áthas orm a rá go mbeidh muid ag bogadh go dtí an fhoirgneamh nua ar an Mháirt, 12ú Feabhra 2013. Tá eolas maidir leis an bhogadh thíos. Beidh muid buíoch as bhur gcomhoibriú le linn an tréimhse aistrithe.

The following are the arrangements:


  • The children will be given a tour of the new school building during the school day on Friday 1 February 2013
  • There will be an Open Morning for Parents in the new building on Sunday 3rd February 2013 from 11.30am-1.30pm.  This will give parents an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the new building and with parking/traffic arrangements on campus.  Members of the Parents’ Committee will give parents a tour of the new school building
  • Pupils and staff will get ready for the move on Friday, 8th February 2013
  • Pupils in Ranganna 5 and 6 and staff will get the new classrooms ready on Monday 11 February 2013 there will be no school for other classes on this day
  • All pupils and staff will have the first day in the new school on Tuesday 12th February.
  • School will be closed on Thursday and Friday 14 and 15 February 2013 for mid term break


We would appreciate some help from the parents with the move. Please read the attached sheet and return to school if you are able to help.


  • Existing Bus Services will re route to new building.
  • A new service is being put in place for pupils from the Monaghan Town area. Families who have applied for the new service will receive invoices shortly. Early return of payment or medical card details is advisable to ensure the service is up and running on the 12 February 2013.


  • From Tuesday 12 February 2012 the new School Hours will be 9.10am – 2.50pm (9.10am -1.50pm for Infants)
  • Club Obair Bhaile will run from 3pm-4pm

We hope to make the move as smooth and as simple as possible. School work will continue as normal until Thursday 8 February 2013. It will then take us a few days to settle in the new school and normal work will resume  again on Monday 18 February 2013.  If you have any further queries feel free to contact the school 047 84321.


18 December 2012

An Scoil Nua – update

Filed under: Nuacht,Scoil Nua — Joe Shiels @ 2:49 pm

Bhog muid go dtí an foirgneamh nua i Mí Feabhra 2013. .

The school opening hours will change on moving to the new building.  Classes will now begin at 9am and finish at 2.40pm. A bus service from town is being put in place at present. We hope to bring all pupils on a visit to the new building in early February and we will also give parents an opportunity to visit the new building prior to the first day at school.

Sat/Sun 26-27 January 2013 Moving some furniture/photo frames to new building
Sat/Sun 9-10 February 2013 Moving books etc to new buildingThe Board of Management would appreciate help from parents during those two weekends. We will contact parents in the New Year to arrange a work schedule.
Mon 11 February 2013 No school for children.
Tues 12 February 2013 First Day for all pupils in new building

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25 August 2011

Contract signed for Monaghan Education Campus

Filed under: Nuacht,Scoil Nua — Joe Shiels @ 9:50 am

Official signing of Contracts took place at 4.00 pm on Monday 15th August in the Westenra Arms Hotel Monaghan, with John Sisk & Son Ltd. who won the tender process to construct the new campus.

It follows the announcement on Friday by the Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairí Quinn, of approval to proceed with the €35 million Education Campus, the largest school building project in the State this year.

A state of the art theatre will also be built as part of the project and will be the new home of the Garage Theatre. The theatre facility will be grant-aided by the Department of Education & Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltact. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltact Jimmy Deenihan confirmed the grant from his department and said it would be ‘an important addition to the arts and cultural infrastructure in the border region’.

Minister Quinn said, “I want to congratulate Co. Monaghan Vocational Education Committee on the tremendous work involved in bringing this project to construction.”

“This is a shining example of where the local VEC has worked closely with my Department and the Gaelscoil to ensure delivery of a state of the art education campus for the benefit of all in the Monaghan area.”

“The benefits of working with people on a local level are clear in relation to the timeframes achieved with this project.”

The provision of three educational facilities on a 20 acre campus is in line with the Government view that shared campuses are the preferred model for future development of educational infrastructure in areas of demographic growth.

The campus will include new accommodation for a 16 classroom primary school (Gaelscoil Ultain), a 400 pupil post primary school (Gaelcholáiste Oiriall) together with a 700 student Institute of Further Education (Monaghan Institute), shared Sports Hall, playing pitches and car-parking facilities as well as the Theatre which will be available for use by all.

The speakers at the official signing of contracts event commended the CEO Martin O’Brien and his team, in particular Buildings Officer Veronica Feeney, for the dedication and determination in pushing the project forward to this point.

Stephen Oppermann, Architect of the project and Head of the Design Team, complimented Monaghan County Council (members and officials) for their support and co-operation in the planning process.

CEO, in his speech, thanked the Ministers, T.D.s and Councillors, past and current, for their support for the project and Monaghan County Council and Town Council for their co-operation and in particular for their financial commitment to the Theatre.

John Sisk & Son Ltd is the largest general contracting company in Ireland. The company has a proven track record in the Construction Industry and has worked with many of the worlds leading companies.

Construction is due to commence next month and it is planned that the Campus will be available for students in Winter Term 2012.

10 December 2010

Plans for the new education campus unveiled today by the Tánaiste

Filed under: Nuacht,Scoil Nua — Joe Shiels @ 6:57 pm

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills Mary Coughlan T.D. visited Monaghan today to unveil plans and digital images for the new Monaghan Education Campus.

This campus on the site of the former Army barracks will comprise a 16 classroom primary school for Gaelscoil Ultain; a 400 pupil post-primary school for Colaiste Oiriall; the Monaghan Institute of Further Education; a shared sports hall; and a 300 seat capacity theatre/lecture facility to be the new home of the Garage Theatre as well as a number of sports areas.

The 20-acre site acquired for €3.1million will be accessed by a new entrance from the Armagh Road (N12) and will have direct connectivity to Project Kelvin the recently completed high-speed fibre optic cable which connects Monaghan to the US and Europe. The site is bounded on the other side by the Ulster Canal.

County Monaghan VEC was selected by An Taoiseach Brain Cowen T.D. and the government in November 2009 to manage and oversee the procurement, planning and building of the multi-user education campus. County Monaghan VEC is the first education authority in the country to get sanction from the Department of Education and Skills to manage this project on a “devolved pilot basis”.

It is the VEC’s intention that the campus be ready for occupation by September 2012.

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Video Courtesy of Oppermann Associates, Hawkins Brown and Digital Dimensions.

See the gallery of pictures of the new campus.

New school

Filed under: Gailearaí,Scoil Nua — Joe Shiels @ 6:05 pm

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