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PHOTOS: Saint Michael’s National School cuts the ribbon on new extension

Pictured is Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick Michael Sheahan, alumni Mr. Tom Marsden, student Shekinah, Principle of Saint Michaels National School Miriam Smith, and Bishop Kenneth Kearon. Picture: Anthony Sheehan/ilovelimerick

PHOTOS: Saint Michael’s National School cuts the ribbon on new extension 

The opening held today Friday, October 11 marks the end of a four-year production period and the start of what will now be the new and improved Saint Michaels National School with an additional classroom and other additional spaces such as a new staff room, sensory room and reordering of the carpark. 

The opening also marks the unveiling of the “Buy a brick wall” commemoration which raised €19,500 toward the production of the extension. 

Beginning at 12.30 pm, the event opened with prayers from the local priest accompanied by the bishop and mayor who also gave their kind regards. 

Warm welcomes were given to the past principals, staff and students who came out to give support and best wishes to Saint Michael’s on this special day. 

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Pictured at the official ribbon cutting of Saint Michaels National School’s new school extension with Mr. Tom Marsden and Shekinah. Picture: Anthony Sheehan/ilovelimerick

Particular credits were given to Mr. Tom Marsden, the oldest member of alumni who turned 96 years-old last week and who cut the ribbon alongside the current youngest student, Shekinah. 

In the midst of prayers and readings, the students of Saint Michael’s performed a rendition of The Greatest Showman’s, ‘A Million Dreams’ with a group of students ribbon dancing to the voices of their peers. 

Following the cutting of the ribbon, all present were welcomed inside for a full tour of the extension including a preview of the new principal’s office which Principal, Miriam Smith jokes to the children, is not somewhere you want to see again! 

The school first opened back in November 1882 and in the early years was no more than a two-room building with 34 girls and 43 boys enrolled. Over the years there have been a number of extension projects and an increase in the number of pupils enrolled and currently has 127 children. 


The full-extension includes the major restructuring of the internal building, a new staff room, sensory room, SET rooms and the complete redecorating of the building, as well as the reordering of the car park and new railings and gates outdoors.  

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Pictures: Anthony Sheehan/ilovelimerick 



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