It was Seachtain na Gaeilge when Gaelscoil Phortlaoise officially opened it’s doors for the first time on its splendid new site in Summer Hill. (Above right, Dominic Ó Braonáin, school principal and above left, Siobhán Uí Chuinn, school vice principal.)
The students of the school were at the centre of the occasion, as they marched behind the piper before they sang Gaelscoil Phortlaoise (the school anthem) and Amhrán na bhFiann.
It was then vice principal Siobhan Uí Chuinn cut the red ribbon.Siobhán was one of the first teachers in the school when it was founded in 1998. She was involved with all five sites the school had resided at over the years.
The pupils and visitors then when to the hall for a cup of tea. Monsignor John Byrne SP blessed the school and joined them for sandwiches and light entertainment provided by the pupils.
The Principal, Dominic Ó Braonáin, thanked all involved for the fantastic occasion that had been put together; he gave high praise to the members of staff, the parents and especially the children.
“We have come together as a Gaelic Family to celebrate our language and culture,” he said.
“The previous sites in which the school had resided didn’t completely serve our needs. But now we have 16 classrooms, a library, a computer room and a hall.”