Scoil Fhionáin is located in the picturesque town of Kilfinane in the Golden Vale area of County Limerick. Our school building opened in September 2012 on Castle Street across the road from Saint Andrew’s Parish Church. The school building is of a contemporary design which was drawn up by the Department of Education Design Team to reflect modern, current teaching methodologies and to facilitate child-centred learning.
There are 6 main classrooms as well as other specified purpose rooms, all of which are bright, spacious and comfortable. Their design has been informed by pre-planning input of teachers and pupils who stressed the importance of creating a learning environment which facilitates and enhances teaching and learning. There is also a large General Purpose Hall, two outdoor ball courts and several play areas.
The Tree of Life is a beautiful piece of artwork located in the main entrance hall. Artists Eithne Ring and Liam Lavery of nearby Dromina, Co. Cork, designed the wall enamels and bronze base in 2011. The bark of the tree depicts an old ordnance survey street map of Kilfinane. This symbolises the children’s sense of place and time within the community. Using the aerial view of the Kilfinane Mote as the main motif for the enamels, the images show various aspects of school life and the children’s sense of place within the school. The bottom panel represnts the children’s sense of place within the wider environment and the fascination which children have for the ancient myths and legends associated with the area, particularly those of Na Fianna. This theme is cleverly portrayed by a salmon in a river, a reference to the well-loved legend, ” Fionn Mac Cumhaill and The Salmon of Knowledge”.