A State of the Art Community School

Clare Champion, Friday, 18th June 1999

Kilrush Community School has been up and running in its new, purpose built school for the past academic year. The days of students and staff travelling between three buildings, as happened for six years, is just a bad memory. This most modern of buildings, with state of the art facilities, has had a dramatic effect on enrolment figures as the number of new applicants has increased by over thirty per cent.

With almost ninety per cent of last year's Leaving Certificate students having been offered places in third level colleges, Kilrush Community School has already established a fine academic tradition, while offering a wide range of extra-curricular activities including boys and girls football, basketball, soccer, athletics, golf, chess and music.

Transition year is now entering its sixth year in the school, while the new Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme is also on offer. Of particular interest to post leaving cert students and more mature adults is the range of post leaving certificate courses on offer for the 1999-2000 academic year. These include business studies with information technology and information processing. A new PLC award has been added to the programme, call centre operations - teleservices, which is as a result of the growing demand in the teleservices area. Already, there is a feasibility study in progress with a view to setting up a call centre in Kilrush. You can contact the school for further information.

As Kilrush Community School enters the twenty first century, it has placed particular emphasis on information technology and has two fully equipped computer rooms which can cater for sixty students at their own individual computer terminals.

Margarets Memory Lives On

Margaret Prendeville, formerly Herlihy of Dirreen, Scartaglen, Co. Kerry, graduated from UCD in 1936 with Hons. BA H Dip in Ed. Her first teaching post was at St. Audrey's Convent in Wisbech, Cambridge, England from 1936 to 1941. She returned to Ireland and married Tom Prendeville, also of Scartaglen. They eventually settled in Kilrush and raised a large family.

She resumed teaching in 1962 at the former Technical School and continued until her retirement in 1981. She subsequently undertook relief teaching throughout the eighties as well as offering tuition without charge to needy cases at her own home in Moore Street. She had a particular penchant for mathematics and a great grá for Irish.

Tom Prendeville, a great scholar himself, predeceased her in 1994. Margaret died peacefully in Kilrush Hospital in 1977. The family have instituted an annual bursary in her memory, the inaugural awards being recently presented at the annual graduation ceremony in Kilrush Community School.

Niamh McMahon and Claire Mulqueen busy in
the science lab at Kilrush Community School.
Bursary recipients Sinead Frawley, Sinead Collins,
Caroline Brennan and Denise Flynn with Dr. James
Prendiville and Maurice Prendiville.

Photographs by John Kelly, Clare Champion.

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