All urged to work together to make Ballisodare college a great school

A call has gone out for everyone to work together to ensure St Mary’s College in Ballisodare in County Sligo becomes the school to which parents will want to send their children.

It’s after the trustees — the Catholic Education Irish Schools Trust or CEIST — confirmed it has deferred its proposed closure of the secondary school.

The decision followed a strong community campaign to keep the school open.

But Katrina Cunniffe, a member of the school parents’ working group, says the effort must continue, with all those involved working together.

She says it’s a major advantage that CEIST is staying on board — but she points out this is a once-off opportunity in the effort to raise pupil numbers to keep the school open.