t’s been a long and winding road, but St Catherine’s Special School have finally gotten the go-head for their new state-of-the-art premises.
And not only is it a greenfield site, but the new school will be situated right in Kilcoole, opposite the community centre and what was Luisne’s trippy hippy retreat.
With two Kilcoole sites having gone through the appraisal and valuation process, the purchase of this new site in 2020 ended a 20-year search for St Catherine’s.
And then Charles Keddy filed an objection, wanting to keep this field a field, an appeal An Bord Pleanála have now ruled against.
A non-profit organisation which provides education, training, healthcare and residential/respite care to clients who have intellectual and other disabilities, St Catherine’s are now naturally keen for their new school to be built.
In a statement to the Guide in 2020, Principal Brigeeta Mulvihill said the school is “delighted to have acquired an accessible, centrally located site in Kilcoole. This fantastic site was identified in 2019 by The Board Of Management of St Catherine’s Special School as well as its patron.