Coláiste Bhaile Chláir

Co. Galway VEC was first to highlight the need for second level educational provision in Claregalway which it incorporated in its submission of the 11th May 2007, to the Survey of Post Primary School Accommodation Needs in South Galway carried out by the Commission on School Accommodation during the autumn, 2007. The Commission’s Report, published in November, 2007, recommended that a site should be identified and acquired for a Post Primary facility that would accommodate approximately 600 students and stated that the school would likely be needed by circa 2016. Subsequently, during 2010, a local group of parents formed the Claregalway Parents’ Second‐Level School Action Committee and they initiated a campaign to lobby for the establishment of a second level school in Claregalway. Following extensive research of enrolment figures in local Primary Schools, the Acton Committee forwarded a submission to the Department of Education and Skills as well as meeting and lobbying local politicians in relation to their campaign. Finally, the Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Ruairí Quinn, T.D. on the 27 June 2011 announced that a new Second Level school would be established in Claregalway to cater for up to 1000 pupils and that the school would open in September 2013. Subsequently, in July 2011, the Department of Education & Skills announced that it was accepting applications from prospective patrons in relation to the patronage of the new school in Claregalway. Having submitted our formal application for patronage on behalf of Co. Galway VEC, the Dept. of Education & Skills (DES) then drafted a report for consideration by the New Schools’ Establishment Group (NSEG). The NSEG subsequently provided a report for the Minister for Education & Skills and he announced his final decision on the 25th July 2012 when he appointed Co. Galway VEC as patron of the new Claregalway Post Primary School with an opening date of September 2013. We open our doors on 2 September 2013 for 162 first year students.

Contact Details

Address   Claregalway Corporate Park, Claregalway, Co. Galway
Telephone  091 799001



Name Position
Alan Mongey Principal
Emma Ryan Deputy Principal
Claire Kilroy Deputy Principal
Eoghan Ó Ceallaigh Deputy Principal
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