An investigation is underway following a fire at Magh Éne College Bundoran.
The fire broke out at the post-primary in the early hours of this morning.
Emergency services were immediately dispatched to the scene, and firefighters worked to contain and extinguish the flames.
The fire was successfully brought under control thanks to the swift response and dedication of the emergency services. There have been no reported injuries.
Staff and students were notified of the school’s closure today, and the building will remain closed until a full health and safety risk assessment is completed. Classes have moved online for the time being.
The school is managed by Donegal ETB, with staff currently assessing the extent of the damage caused by the fire.
“While the fire has caused some damage to certain areas of the school building, the school is relieved that the core academic and administrative areas have been mostly unaffected. The primary focus for the school is to ensure the safety and well-being of the students, staff, and the restoration of a conducive learning environment,” a spokesperson said.
“The safety and well-being of the students, staff, and the wider school community are of utmost importance to Magh Éne College.
“Donegal ETB is actively collaborating with relevant authorities, including the Fire Service, An Garda Síochána and the Estates Management Section, to ensure a comprehensive response and investigation into the incident. “
Mr Pat Tighe, School Principal, stated: “This is an unfortunate incident for us all. Our primary objective now is to ensure continuity in our teaching and learning. We will provide updates and information to the school community over the coming period, and we appreciate patience and understanding during this time. We would like to express our gratitude to the emergency services personnel and our staff for their prompt response.”
The spokesperson added: “The school administration will continue to work diligently to restore normalcy and provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all. Magh Éne College appreciates the support and cooperation of parents, guardians, and the entire school community as they navigate through this unfortunate situation. “