As the city grew towards the northwest, during the nineteen seventies, the school-going population began to grow rapidly. The schools on Strawberry Hill could not cater for the increasing numbers. Sunday’s Well was only a five-teacher school catering for Sunday’s Well, Shanakiel and Blarney Road. Knocknaheeny was now being developed for local authority housing and the Old School (built in l835 and renovated in 1933) could no longer cater for the needs of the children in the surrounding area. Fr. O’Kelly was Parish priest of Sunday’s Well and in
1976 he set about the purchasing of three acres from the Good Shepherd Convent as a site for the new school. The deal was made on the land, which was on the Blarney Road, and so the prospects of a new school were finally in sight. It is at this time that the local community was called into action.
The cost of the new school was £400,000 (€500,000). While the Government of the day would fund much of the cost, the local community had to raise 20% of the cost.
This was a huge burden on the people of the area. Many buy effexor online people collected money on a weekly basis and organised various functions in an effort to raise the capital. The old school was converted into a community centre and is used by various groups including a nursery school group.
Even though the school was opened in 1978, the official opening and blessing was not held until May 29th 1979.
The new school came equipped with many new facilities including a large indoor gym hall, a spacious outdoor yard also suitable for games and badly needed new toilets! We were looking forward to our new modern facilities being put to good use for the benefit of our pupils. Our new hall proved to be a wonderful asset in organising and promoting games. We were now able to play games in all weathers and the children derived great pleasure from these activities.
This year (2010) marks the175th anniversary of the opening of the original “Jail School” – just another landmark in the plethora of landmarks experienced by one of Cork’s longest established and thriving primary schools. Our successes over the years speak for themselves. . . Long may it continue!