On June 26th2019 Our Lady’s Secondary School received approval from the Department of Education & Skills for a 13 classroom extension comprising of 9 general classrooms, 2 Science labs with preparation areas, 1 Art room with a project store and preparation area as well as one other specialist room. The Board of Management of Our Lady’s carried out a tendering process over the summer months for the appointment of a Design Team to oversee the design, planning and construction of the new extension. On September 30ththe Design Team were formally appointed by the Board of Management and they met with representatives from the Joint Managerial Body for Voluntary Secondary Schools, representatives from Our Lady’s Senior Management team, representatives from the Board of Management and representatives from the Student Leaders. The Design Team formally introduced themselves to the aforementioned groups and outlined their roles in the design, planning and construction process. The Design Team for the project is Niall Smith Architects Kingscourt, Semple & Mc Killop Building Engineering (M & E) Services, Mc Gahon Quantity Surveyor Services, Alan Clarke & Associates Civil & Structural Engineering Servicesand Safety Solutions Skillnet Ltd.  

Speaking at the school during the week Principal, Eddie Kelly warmly welcomed the developments in relation to the new extension ‘We are delighted to be at a stage were we can move into design and planning our new extension. This is a very exciting time for our school and I want to acknowledge the hard work and efforts of the Board of Management to date. We look forward to availing of the huge experience, professionalism and expertise in our Design Team as we look to move this project forward to the next stage. This extension will see the replacement of prefabs at the school, some of which have been in place for decades. It will be a fantastic addition to our state of the art facilities as we continue to strive to provide the people of Castleblayney and the surrounding areas with a top class educational experience in an up to date, modern and progressive learning environment.’ The chairperson of the Board of Management at Our Lady’s, Dr Gary Carville, added that the extension was a very positive sign of the contribution that the school is making presently and of its future potential. ‘In 2021-22 we will celebrate the 50th anniversary (Golden jubilee) of the founding of Our Lady’s Secondary School in 1971. What better way to mark that historic event than to prepare for the future by adding further to the top class facilities and opportunities already in place. I commend the energy, vision and effort that Mr Kelly as Principal has put into this project to date and, on behalf of my colleagues on the Board of Management, I welcome the appointment of the design team’.

Members of the Design Team who met with various members of the Our Lady’s Secondary School: Back row (left to right) Mr. Noel Merrick Joint Managerial Body for Voluntary Secondary Schools, Mr.  Aidan Campbell Board of Management, Mr. Sean Egan Board of Management, Ms. Edel Mc Cooey Safety Solutions Skillnet Ltd, Mr. Declan Smyth Semple & Mc Killop Building Engineering (M & E) Services, Mr. Sean Mooney Mc Gahon Quantity Surveyor Services, Ms. Cara Murray Board of Management, Ms. Jane Treanor Deputy Principal, Mr. Alan Clarke from Alan Clarke and Associates Civil & Structural Engineering Services, Dr. Gary Carville Chairperson of the Board of Management, Ellen Mc Mahon Student Leader, Mr, Eddie Kelly Principal, Darragh Ruddin Student Leader, Mr. Niall Smith from Niall Smith Architects Kingscourt