Bishop Eamon Walsh to bless new West Wicklow school extension and Open Day on March 22

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Bishop Eamon Walsh to bless new West Wicklow school extension and Open Day on March 22
By Rose Barrett 9:00 Sunday 17th of March 2019

Lacken National School nestled in the hills above Blessington, Co Wicklow is celebrating the official opening of its new extension this month. On March 22 next, the school will be open to the public from 12-2pm and 6-8pm.

The school has come a long way since its beginning in 1869 in a traditional one classroom stone building built by Lady Smith of Baltyboys House.

It was one of the oldest schools in continuous use in Ireland and was featured in the movie ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ with Meryl Streep.

The modern school building opened on January 31, 2011 and now 8 years on, an eight room extension is being officially opened with a blessing by Bishop Eamonn Walsh on March 22.  The extension includes one mainstream class and a unit for children with autism.

 The new extension optimises the outstanding views over the Wicklow hills and Poulaphouca Reservoir, surely making it one of the most beautiful schools in Ireland.  The official opening will coincide with an Open Day featuring a showcase of talent by the pupils featuring the Junior Entrepreneur Project and a Maths Fair.

The school will be open to members of the public from 12pm to 2 pm and again, from 6pm to 8pm. It will be a great opportunity to visit the school and meet pupils and staff.

 Featured photograph shows sixth class students outside the new school extenstion

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