Tramore Ardscoil open day attracts 4,500 visitors

Ardscoil na Mara Principal Padraig Cawley pictured with Education Minister Ruairi Quinn during his recent visit.

Ardscoil na Mara Principal Padraig Cawley pictured with Education Minister Ruairi Quinn during his recent visit.

A staggering 4,500 people passed through the doors of Tramore’s new secondary school, Ardscoil na Mara on Sunday last, with visitors thoroughly impressed by the standard of the 5,300 square metre facility, which will open in September.

Principal Padraig Cawley was taken aback by the scale of the numbers who visited the school on Sunday last, and the thanked the people of the locality for visibly illustrating their interest in the new building. He also thanked the local media for their coverage of the project from its infancy.

The good weather on Sunday afternoon surely played a part in attracting so many people into the school, which must rank among the best new school buildings in the entire country.

Some locals hope that the school will host some extra curricular activities, including adult evening classes; indeed the gym could become available outside of school hours as well.

Traffic in the area was very heavy with the car park in the adjoining Tesco premises almost full on the day.

Given that there will be over 1000 students commencing studies at the Ardscoil come September, one suspects traffic in the area could prove problematic, especially when one considers the sets of lights both at Summerhill and Tesco.

One suggestion already floated includes the provision of a roundabout system which may help to assist traffic flow and stymie potentially hazardous temporary parking.

One suspects this will be among the first issues which the combined Waterford City and County Council shall have to address after May’s Local Election.

Kieran Walsh

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