Celebration: Leugh National School in Thurles celebrates opening of ASD unit and new sports hall

Noel Dundon

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Louise McCullagh

Leugh NS Principal Louise McCullagh addressing the huge gathering at the opening of the new Realta unit and sporthall.

A great evening of celebration saw the packed out hall heaving with joy.

Leugh National School, situated on the outskirts of Thurles parish, has celebrated the opening of its new ASD unit, Réalta, as well as the opening of a new state-of-the-art sports hall in great style.

The school, first constructed in 1958, is a real focal point for the local community which has strived to ensure that the legacy of Leugh NS continues into the future. 

"Leugh National School has reinvented itself and created a new legacy," said Principal Mrs Louise McCullagh to the huge attendance - it was standing room only as pupils, past pupils, staff members past and present, Board of Management members, parents and people drawn from the local community came together to witness history in the making.

The event had commenced with Mass celebrated by Rev Fr Joe Walsh who told all in attendance that gifts are of no use if they remain wrapped up. "They must be opened up for them to be any good and that is what Leugh  National School is all about - opening up those gifts and making them shine," he said.

The local community had helped to raise €52,000 towards the provision of the new sports hall and Board of Management Chairperson Josephine Cahill  told of the huge sense of pride that dream had been realised and is now making a telling contribution to the life of the school, day-in, day out.

See this weeks Tipperary Star for full report.