Fire crews deal with blaze at former Ennis school

Fire crews deal with blaze at former Ennis school


Fire crews at the scene of the fire at the former Ennis National School – Photo: © Pat Flynn, 2014

Fire crews were called to a blaze at the former Ennis National School this evening.

The alarm was raised at around 9.30pm when several callers to the emergency services reported that the school was on fire.

Three units of Ennis fire service and gardaí responded to the call and on arrival discovered that the building itself was not in fact on fire.

Fire crews found a large amount of rubbish burning against the wall of the squash courts at the rear of the school.

Flames could however be seen from the road and surrounding area leading locals to believe that fire was in the main school building.

No one was injured and minor damage is thought to have been caused to the building.

The school was vacated last September when pupils and staff moved to a new premises at Ashline on the outskirts of Ennis.

Gardaí are investigating the incident.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.