A design image of what the new school will look like.

Major announcement on progress for new Coláiste Chiaráin school building

Construction on the new school building for Coláiste Chiaráin is due to commence shortly, following the appointment of a main contractor for the major project.

The board of management of Coláiste Chiaráin today announced that The Department of Education and Skills has appointed JJ Rhatigan as main contractor for Coláiste Chiaráin' new school building.

JJ Rhatigan is a Galway-based construction company which has a wide range of experience and expertise in many types of construction projects, including schools.

The new school will cater for 1,000 students, with the facility including include a large gymnasium with fitness suite, six hard play courts and numerous pitches. six Science laboratories, specialist rooms for Art, Home Economics, Construction Studies, DCG, Music, Engineering, and Technology. The ultra-modern design will also include multi-media room, 37 general classrooms, library and canteen while a special educational needs ASD Unit is also incorporated into the design.

The school said construction would commence shortly and it is anticipated that the school will be completed in quarter two of 2020.

The development will consist of the construction of a three-storey school building, associated car parking, access road, demolition of existing school and associated storage and auxiliary buildings, construction of external ball courts, landscaping, connection to public services and all associated site works.

The Principal, Brendan Waldron, has welcomed this significant news. "We are delighted with the news that construction will be commencing shortly The new school building will offer our students and staff a state of the art environment to engage in high quality teaching and learning. It will also have fantastic sport and extra-curricular facilities that will benefit not just our own students, but the whole community.”