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Cecilia says goodbye to old school   04.02.08

MOVILLE-based Senator Cecilia Keaveney says she has "mixed emotions" that her old primary school will be demolished in the coming days.
Formerly known as St. Bridget's, the old building will be razed to the ground to make way for a new state-of-the-art primary school in the Foyleside town.
Senator Cecilia Keaveney prepares to say goodbye to her old primary school in Moville. The new development st Scoil Eoghain was sanctioned last week by the Minister for Education who has also given the green light for a modern new national school in Clonmany.
Senator Keaveney said when built, the new-look Scoil Eoghan will perfectly complement Moville Community College for the boys and girls of the town.
ďA lot of people will have mixed emotions to see the St Bridgetís school building tossed," she said.
"I must say that, while my first year was in the old convent building, my long primary education all happened in St Bridgetís. It was a new building then that served our needs well. There are many memories of people such as Sister Margaret, who has since died and many others who are very much alive."
Senator Keaveney said the town's new school will be a "new building of its time" and will serve new generations in Moville well.
"I look forward to work being completed but I'm sure nostalgia will not be confined to me alone in this instance. It isnít everyone who can say they got their Government to demolish their school, but in this instance I will be sad to see it go. "I would like to wish everyone well in the building of the new state of the art facility," she added.
Meanwhile, Cllr. Denis McGonagle welcomed the development for Clonmany and said the board of management and parents' committee at the school deserved praise for keeping the pressure on the Department for several years.
"Everyone involved have given of their best and I'm glad to see that the Minister has acknowledged the fact that the school is deserving of the project," he said.
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