Celebrations at opening of new games area

A special ceremony to mark the openings was held at Billis NS in Cavan last week

There were celebrations in Billis on Friday with the opening of a new games area and car park at the local school.

Almost €120,000 of Leader and Clár funding was spent on the developments.

Funding of €60,000 was also provided by the school, €8,000 by the Parents' Association and €2,500 from Billis Church. Funding totalling €60,000 was also provided by the Department of Education and Cavan County Council.

€50,000 was spent on the multi-use games area (MUGA) which will allow a range of sports to be played.

Local Rector, Rev Craig McCauley has said while the facility is currently only for the use of the school, it’s hoped it will be opened to the local community in the future.

A 35 space carpark, to cater for the school and community centre, was also opened.

Friday’s event also marked the retirement of teacher Betty Lundie after 40 years at the school. Speaking at the event she thanked staff and students:

“I am truly thankful to God that he granted me the health and strength to lead a very fulfilled teaching career. My best wishes to you all and continued success as you seek to keep Billis National School the great school it is today.”

Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh Dr Ferran Glenfield, Minister Heather Humphreys and Cathaoirleach Clifford Kelly were in attendance.

Minister Humphreys praised the school: “The team here at Billis National School and Community Hall, Billis Church of Ireland and indeed the whole community have done a wonderful job in developing this state-of-the-art facility. And today, you are reaping the rewards for all your hard work and community spirit over many years”.