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Tensions have been rising over in Kilcoole over the past week or so, after many parents there discovered their children weren’t getting a place at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann.

The fact that the Kilcoole secondary school had allocated places to children from other parts of Wicklow had made the rejection of local children all the more galling for some.

It’s possible, of course, that Coláiste Chraobh Abhann are stuck between a rock and a hard Department Of Education demand that they do give places to all the towns and villages in their catchment area. Some of the aggrieved parents have been told to put their child’s name down for the new Greystones Kilcoole Community College, due to open in Charlesland in September of this year. Once the Department secure the land.

Despite a series of emails to the school – including to Principal Oliver Stacks, the man who deals with enrolments and admissions – we haven’t been able to get an official statement from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann.

In the meantime, a meeting for parents has been organised for this Wednesday, January 29th, for 8pm at The Mill Room in Byrne’s Pub, with an invite being extended to all local councillors – given that, say the organisers, ‘this problem is going to escalate over the coming years’.

Their attendance may be tricky, given that they have already been invited by Delgany Tidy Towns to attend a Meet The Candidates event at The Glenview Hotel on the same night.

A petition entitled A Place For All has also launched this morning, and you can add your name right here. There will also be a peaceful protest outside CCA on Saturday 1st at noon.

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