County Dublin VEC announces the official opening of the Phibblestown Educational Campus, Dublin 15

Friday April 27th 2012 saw the official opening of the Phibblestown Educational Campus, Dublin 15 which is now home to Scoil Ghráinne CNS, Coláiste Pobail Setanta and Phibblestown Community Centre.  Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D was in attendance to cut the ribbon, along with the Assitant Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills, Kevin McCarthy, the Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Ken Farrell and several other Fingal County Councilors.
 Joan Burton TD and Leo Varadkar TD officially open Phibblestown Educational Campus
The ceremony, which included a performance by the Garda Band, and speeches from Minister Burton, also featured fantastic musical performances by pupils from Scoil Ghráinne and Coláiste Pobail Setanta.  After the ceremony, there was a canapé reception in Coláiste Pobail Setanta and refreshments in the central courtyard while the smaller children of Scoil Ghráinne were entertained by a magician, face painters, balloon animals and bouncy castles.

Scoil Ghráinne, one of the first Community National Schools in Ireland, opened its doors in September 2008 and last year moved into a state of the art building in the campus. This new model of school is an exciting development in the field of primary education where all children, regardless of creed, nationality or ability are educated in an environment that respects and caters for their individual needs.

Coláiste Pobail Setanta opened in temporary accommodation in 2008 and moved into its brand new building in 2010 which has capacity for 1000 pupils. It is a multi-denominational and co-educational post-primary school which offers the boys and girls from Phibblestown, Ongar, Littlepace and Castaheany an opportunity to pursue their second level education in a state of the art, modern and comfortable environment.

Phibblestown Community Centre was developed by Fingal Community Council in conjunction with County Dublin VEC and the Department of Education and Skills. The centre boasts one of the largest sports halls in the county as well as a fitness centre, dance studios, meeting room, recording studio and coffee shop.  Outdoor facilities include an all-weather pitch, basketball and tennis courts and in the summer months a cricket practise facility. The centre also provides a large dedicated youth space to the local Foróige Youth Service.

Minister Joan Burton TD pictured with Ms. Eileen ORourke Principal of Colaiste Pobail Setanta and 2 pupilsCounty Dublin VEC’s Chief Executive Dr. Marie Griffin said, “We are very pleased to be bringing this new educational campus to the local community in Dublin 15. Both Scoil Ghráinne and Coláiste Pobail Setanta have already distinguished themselves strongly since they were established in 2008 with an excellent academic reputation, great achievements by students and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With the addition of Phibblestown Community Centre, the campus will go from strength to strength serving the local community with high quality education and community facilities and fostering the personal skills that our young people need for life and living in the future.”