Hundreds of books donated to Scoil Chaitriona following devastating blaze

by Rachel Darcy

Following an appeal from Senator Aodhan O’Riordain for books for Scoil Chaitriona, hundreds of books have been donated from across the country.

The infant end of the school returned to Scoil Chaitriona on Monday following the devastating blaze that rocked the school in October.

The senior end of the school are still displaced following the fire, but work is currently underway to try and get the building restored.

The library of the school was also destroyed, with the local community rallying around Scoil Chaitriona to launch a social media campaign to help gather new books for the school.

Senator Aodhan O Riordain posted about the campaign on Facebook, generating over a thousand shares from people trying to help the school.

In a video shared on his Facebook page on Monday, Sen. O’Riordain said that he has already moved four carloads of books to the Artane Beaumont Family Resource Centre, where they are being stored.

The collection will continue for each Saturday in November from 10 to 11am at the school gates of Scoil Chaitriona, with the books collected expected to replace those lost in the blaze on October 16.

The Department of Education have pledged to give every support available to the school. Several classrooms were devastated by the flames, with part of the roof collapsing in the tragic accident.

Minister for Education Joe McHugh visited the building in the wake of the fire, and a senior architect from the department also assessed the situation at the school.

Minister for Communications, Richard Bruton, also extended his sympathies to the school in a statement, saying he was ‘shocked and saddened’ for the school.

It is still not known what caused the fire.

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