Kerry’s first community national school to open in September

Two Mile National School, Killarney is to open under new patronage as a community national school this September.

It’ll be the first community national school in the county which has been transferred from the patronage of the Catholic Church.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae is welcoming the news.

Education Minister Richard Bruton is welcoming the decision by the Bishop of Kerry, patron of Two Mile / Cahooreigh National School outside Killarney, to transfer it to Kerry Education and Training Board.

It’ll re-open under the ETB’s patronage in September as a community national school; this is a child-centred, inclusive, multi-denominational, State supported school.

Bishop Ray Browne says the decision was made in consultation with and fully in line with the wishes of the local community.

Kerry Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin is welcoming the news, saying it’s come after many months of hard work by the local community, Kerry ETB and the Bishop.

In January, Deputy Griffin organised a meeting between local people and officials from Kerry ETB to explore the prospect of it becoming a community national school.

Fianna Fáil TD, John Brassil, is also welcoming the news.

Colm McEvoy is chief executive of Kerry ETB: