Work to start on Kilrane NS unit

Published 18/06/2016 | 00:00

WORK is due to start this week on Kilrane National School's new extension for children with a diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).

Designed by Nicky Mernagh and financed by the Department of Education, this project will be finished in January 2017 and will provide a thoroughly modern facility for the children including a playground, a large playroom, an office, a para-education room, a kitchen for the children to cook and bake, a multi-sensory room, two classrooms, two rest rooms and a private lobby.

The contractor is J.J. Sinnott. The extension will be connected to the school and all children throughout the school will integrate as often as possible.

Eoin Ó Donnagáin, the School Principal, said he excited about this new venture and is delighted that the construction phase is about to start.

'The blueprint for special needs education, as set out by the Department of Education and Skills, was very helpful in planning the project and bringing it to this stage,' he said.

'Funding for the project is through the Devolved Grant Scheme which gives the school great autonomy. It has taken three years to reach this stage and the school looks forward to its completion in January 2017.'

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