Plans lodged for Coláiste Ríoga expansion

First year students hard at work in Coláiste Ríoga, Dunshaughlin. Photo: Ken Finegan/

Eoin Ryan

This expansion will cater for 1,000 students and will have the latest facilities and resources available. It is located on the same site as the current temporary accommodation between “The Willows” housing estate and Dunshaughlin Business Park.

A new entrance, which is nearly finished construction, will be built off the R147 Old Dublin Road. A Planning Application was lodged with Meath County Council last month by the Department of Education and Science in partnership with Consultants KSNPM and Architects Reddy & Co. for this new development.

Principal Declan Clarke said he was “delighted with the progress that we have made to date: we have a great staff team and a brilliant group of students. We are grateful for all the support that we have received to date from parents and throughout the community. The plans for the new school are very exciting and we look forward to it being ready to move into, which will hopefully be in September 2024 if not before”.

The SEN (Special Educational Needs) Department, led by Ms. Gillian Pender, is currently available to students. They are one of the few schools to offer a non-language subject option along the Modern Foreign Language line with Technical Graphics being the current alternative.

Coláiste Ríoga also works with LMETB schools in Dunshaughlin, such as Dunshaughlin Community college, Dunshaughlin Community National School and the Centre for European Schooling.

“As a member of the local community, I feel very excited at what is going to be a landmark building for not only the people of Dunshaughlin, but also for the surrounding areas,” Deputy Principal, Shabana Dowd said. “It is a hugely exciting time and I feel blessed to be a part of this special journey”.

Coláiste Ríoga opened in September with one First Year class group and this expansion will allow the school to accommodate even more wishing to enroll.

The Application Form and the School Prospectus are available on the school’s website.

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