Gallery: Taoiseach officially opens new Scoil Chríost Rí

Gallery: Taoiseach officially opens new Scoil Chríost Rí


Pizzas being delivered to Scoil Chríost Rí for the celebrations.

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar officially opened the new Scoil Chríost Rí in Cloughleigh, Ennis this morning.

The event was also attended by pupils, teachers and parents as well as a number of local and national public representatives.

Bishop Fintan Monahan officiated over the religious element of the official opening.

The €6m state-of-the-art school opened last year but today, the official opening took place where the Taoiseach unveiled a Michael McTigue sculpted plaque to commemorate his visit.

Music for the celebration was provided by piper Blackie O’ Connell and Siobhán Peoples on fiddle.

Ennis Councillor Johnny Flynn said: “It was an uplifting day for the community in Cloughleigh and Scoil Chríost Rí, to host the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. It obvious he enjoyed the day and meeting the students as I was visiting the classrooms with him. I was honoured to witness the pride shown by the students, teachers, staff, parents and grandparents in their new €6.5 million school.

My association with the area goes back 40 years when I played soccer with Hermitage FC Youths and I later lived on Carmody Street with my family for nearly a decade. As Chairperson of the Ennis RAPID AIT from 2004-2008 I experienced the passion and spirit of the residents during the delivery of €1.9 million investment in the area. Friday was a celebration of both the wider and school  community working together to create a bright future for their students and families. I’ve been proud to serve for 6 years as a  member of the school Board of Management , the New School Building Committee,” Cllr Flynn added.

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.