Coolock school appeals for books after blaze guts new library

by Rachel Darcy

Following a devastating fire on their premises last week, Scoil Chaitriona in Coolock are asking for books to be donated to the school to stock their new library.

The school was ravaged by a fire in the early hours of the morning on October 16, with their new library totally destroyed in the blaze.

Now, teachers and local representatives have organised a book donation for the school to replace the books that were destroyed in last week’s incident.

There will be a collection point at gates of the school every Saturday in November at 10am, with local Labour senator Aodhan O’Riordan also offering to collect books from anyone who cannot make it to Scoil Chaitriona themselves to donate.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette, Senator O’Riordan said that the support received following the appeal has been incredible thus far.

“The senior end of the school was destroyed, and they’d only had a new library installed a couple of months ago which was totally destroyed along with all the books as well.

“In talking to the school and the staff and trying to find ways we could be of support, and having been a school principal myself, the library seemed to be the one thing that the community could rally around.

“I put out a call online and have been taken aback by the response to it – it has been shared over a thousand times on Facebook, and I’m getting calls and emails from people all over the country who want to contribute,” said Senator O’Riordan.

He continued: “I’m getting emails from individuals who want to support, from other schools, libraries, publishers, book shops, I’m imagining I’ll be busy over the next while collecting all these books!

“When something like this happens, I think people really want to help, and it’s great to see.

“The soul of the school and the work of the school needs to be rallied around, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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