Galway County Building Visit: Oughterard National School

Scoil Chuimin agus Caitriona is a newly built 16-classroom junior school designed by the multi-award-winning team at simon j kelly + partners architects and built by JJ Rhatigan & Company as a cloister building arranged around a central courtyard at the heart of the school. The courtyard is crafted as an outdoor classroom and a safe, sheltered playground for smaller children. Each classroom is a different colour, and filled with natural daylight from two directions. The build and design quality is an achievement within modest Department of Education budgets, and is a testament to the potential of architecture to enhance the quality of our lives with everyday materials. The tour will be conducted by Design and Project Architect, Dermot McCabe.

Directions: 25 minutes by car from Galway, go through Oughterard, cross over bridge turn right and follow road around to left to the school.