Big boost for Broadway as pre-school relocates

By David Tucker

Jane McLaughlin, Alice O'Connor, Ronnie Doyle, Mayor of Wexford Jim Moore, Mary O'Leary and Sarah Newport at the official opening of the relocated Páistí Beaga Community Pre-school in Broadway.
Jane McLaughlin, Alice O'Connor, Ronnie Doyle, Mayor of Wexford Jim Moore, Mary O'Leary and Sarah Newport at the official opening of the relocated Páistí Beaga Community Pre-school in Broadway.

In a big boost for the local community, Páisti Beaga Community Pre-school recently relocated to new premises in Broadway.

To mark the occasion - the fulfilment of a long-held dream - the pre-school celebrated with an opening ceremony, attended by Wexford Mayor Cllr Jim Moore, who lives in the south of the county.

The pre-school previously occupied a single room in Our Lady's island community centre, however, due to space restrictions it could no longer facilitate the number of children requiring their services.

Families were forced to look outside the parish for their childcare needs and this in turn had an effect on the numbers attending the local primary school, Scoil Mhuire Our Lady's Island.

So began a project that was to last almost five years. There were many avenues brought to the table before the site of the former Broadway Tavern was to become the new premises of Páisti Beaga.

The newly-renovated premises diagonally opposite the national school, provides a breakfast club from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and an after school club from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The facility now sports a walled garden space which allows the children to explore their environmental creativeness.

'The committee of Páisti Beaga are very thankful to Thomas and Alice O'connor for allowing us this space to not only help us cater for the needs of the kids but also for bringing life back to the village of Broadway again,' said Sarah Newport, Director of Páisti Beaga. '(The) proprietor of Carne holiday park, Raymond Doyle can only be described as our unsung hero - he went above and beyond to help us achieve this dream,' she said, thanking others in the local community who had helped including Cllr Ger Carthy.

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