Renewed efforts to keep Ballisodare School open

Renewed efforts are expected to get underway this week to ensure a County Sligo secondary school does not close as planned in three years time.

The trustees of St Mary’s College in Ballisodare have now decided to close the school at the end of the academic year in 2022, although enrolments will be accepted from this coming September.

The new closure date is a year later than originally set but those campaigning to keep the school open feel the decision to ultimately close will discourage parents from enrolling their children.

The Catholic Education Irish Schools Trust (CEIST) are the current trustees of the school but Ocean FM News understands efforts will now be made to have the school taken over by the Education and Training Board.

Campaigner and local election candidate Thomas Walsh insists there are other options available:

Councillor Marie Casserly says she’s going to propose an alternative patron for the school to the Department of Education.