Works starts on new school in Castlepark

Work on the construction of a new school on a site adjacent to Castlepark Village in Mallow has begun in the past couple of weeks, and the new Scoil Aonghusa Community National School will, it is hoped, open its doors before the end of the year. The work is expected to take 35-38 weeks, and when completed, staff and students in temporary accommodation in the grounds of Mallow GAA Complex will transfer to their new building. Scoil Aonghusa is a school which caters for children of all faiths and none, and has been based at Mallow GAA Complex since 2014.  Deputy Seán Sherlock welcomed news that construction had begun, saying that the need was there for a school of its type. “There is a big demographic growth in Mallow, and this school will help ensure that in the future, together with the existing schools, the town will have enough places for all children in the years ahead,” he said.
While news of the new school has been welcomed by many, residents of Castlepark have been less enthusiastic, particularly with regard to potential traffic problems in the estate and on St Joseph’s Road, which is already very busy at school times.