All 500 pupils witness the official opening of the library.

Gaelscoil Mhainistir Na Corann were honoured and delighted to welcome PJ Lynch, Laureate na nÓg –award winning illustrator and author and Isaac O Connor to officially open Leabharlann Isaac on Thursday 7 December.
Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann welcomed pupils into the new school building in September 2016.It is a joy to be in a bright, spacious, warm building. When planning, a room was set aside to be the school library. The piled boxes of books stood forlorn in the empty room for the first term. Fiona Hill our wonderful secretary put systems in place so the books could be moved from the boxes to the shelving. Parents from Cairde (PTA) took the first step and began the labelling and scanning. Thanks to parents, pupils from the Gaelscoil ,teachers and transition year pupils on work experience over 3,800 books were labelled, scanned and placed on shelves.
Over the past few years books have been squirreled away, books from the Scholastic Book Sales supplemented by donations and shopping in charity shops. We are thrilled to see the shelves full and a lending system in operation. The library is an inviting, cheerful space, imaginatively and colourfully decorated by Múinteoir Cait and some of our artistic pupils from Rang 6, 2016/2017.It is a place of refuge, relaxation and a route to other worlds. The library is named Leabharlann Isaac. Isaac O Connor is a past pupil who entered a Specsavers Creative Writing competition and won. Part of his prize was €2,500 awarded to the school which was earmarked for the library. A large image of Matilda is the latest addition to the school displayed outside the library. She is an iconic emblem promoting reading. Despite the lack of encouragement Matilda was an avid reader. The children performed the show Matilda last year and the book is a favourite with children and adults alike. Indeed to mark the occasion the children performed a song as Gaeilge from Matilda.
Príomhoide Mairéad Uí Fhloinn during proceedings welcomed all the children and guests and thanked all who were involved in making the library should a wonderful space . PJ Lynch and Isaac cut the ribbon and PJ spoke to the children about his love of books, reading and illustrating. He also signed and left an illustration on the library’s wall of fame “Clu agus Cáil”. The occasion finished with the children singing our own special”Amhrán na Scoile”.
“Books give a soul to the universe
Wings to the mind
Flight to the imagination
And life to everything”