A graphic design image of what the new school might look like when completed.

New secondary school officially opened


The new voluntary secondary school in Athlone, Coláiste Chiaráin, was officially opened today by the school patron, Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran, and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

 Students, staff, board of management, parents and invited guests participated in a Mass of Thanksgiving in the school hall, followed by the Opening Ceremony.

The school on the grounds of the former St Joseph's College in Summerhill is a new Catholic voluntary secondary school serving West Athlone/South Roscommon and catering for the educational needs of this fast growing area.  It is the result of the amalgamation of Saint Aloysius College and Saint Joseph’s College which have served the area for the past 70 years.

The new school got off to a successful start, with over 530 students, including over 90 students enrolled in First Year.  A new temporary accommodation block of 16 classrooms was constructed over the summer.

Planning permission for the new school building is set to be sought shortly.