On Wednesday 9th May Coláiste Dún an Rí officially opened its doors to Kingscourt and the wider community. Minister for Buisness, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys was present and had the priviledge of cutting the ribbon.


On arrival Minister Humphreys greeted the principal, Mr Fergal Boyle, Deputy principal, Mr Tommy McCormick, CE CMETB, Mr. John Kearney and the Chairperseon of CMETB, Cllr. Clifford Kelly. Minister Humphreys was introduced to each member of staff, followed by the student council as the beautiful music of Kingscourt brass and reed band echoed around the foyer.


Mr. Tommy Mc Cormick welcomed members of the Oirechatas, Senators, Councillors, CMETB staff, students and their parents and also members of the Kingscourt Community to Coláiste Dún an Rí. The choir then led a bautiful rendition of This is Me led by their music teacher Ms. O'Reilly. The prinicpal, Mr Fergal Boyle spoke about the opening of the new school and how we had met many of the objectives we had set out to achieve back in 2016. He continued by making a promise that this would not stop today and we as a school would strive to achive bigger and better things, year on year.



Cllr. Kelly addressed the audience on the history of Coláiste Dún an Rí from its conception 40 years ago to the realisation of todays progress. He thanked many members of the local community, councillors, TDs and various CEs of CMETB, past and present in helping him achieve a lifelong dream of having a school in Kingscourt.



Student council representative Shanice Alwell-Meegan told us about life in Coláiste Dún an Rí before the arrival of the new school and how they had grown within their temporary accomodation, both academically and socially and were sad to leave it behind before the move to our current building. However, these feelings were shortlived as they began to grown in their new state of the art school. Ilíona McCarthy demonstrated the strong musical ability within the school with a wonderful solo rendition of on the piano. CE CMETB, John Kearney pointed out the wonderful facilities within the building and the hard work that had been invested to deliver these state of the art facilities.


Minister Humphreys outlined many of the achievements the school had achieved in the short space of time since its establishment. Some of those included the outstanding achievements in The Young Scientist and Scifest awards, Ulster champions in handball, Regional winners of the Minor basketball league and the endless accolades achieved in athletics and cross country. She paid tribute to the hard work of the principal and staff who have made these achievements possibe through their dedication and hardwork. 





After the speakers had concluded the unveiling of the plaque took place. a huge round of applause echoed around the sports hall.  Student Council members, Stephen O Reilly and Ava McEvoy, then made a presentation to Minister Humphreys and Cllr. Kelly before the Principal, Mr Fergal Boyle made a presentation to CMETB ,which was accepted by CE Mr. John Kearney. A presentation was made to former CE Mr. Martin O'Brien in recogntion of his role in securing the school for the region.

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Fr. Gerry McCormack, Rev. Willian Steacy and Rev. Daryl Edwards gave a short blessing on the school which concluded the ceremony. The audience proceeded to the front of the school were Minister Humphreys cut the ribbon and declared the school open. The sense of joy on the faces of those in attendance highlighted the sense of relief and happiness that Kingscourt finally had its own second level school.


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