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Ebrington Barracks in Londonderry, 1970

Ebrington Barracks in Londonderry, 1970

Ebrington Barracks in Londonderry, 1979

Ebrington Barracks in Londonderry, 1979

The Cunningham building, part of the former Army base at Ebrington Square in Derry has been transformed into a temporary grass covered art installation by international artists Dan Harvey and Heather Ackroyd. Millions of grass seeds, enough to cover several football pitches are in place and will continue to grow as the 'exhibition continues. The installation continues at Ebrington from 15th September - 27th October 2013. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin

The Cunningham building, part of the former Army base at Ebrington Square in Derry has been transformed into a temporary grass covered art installation by international artists Dan Harvey and Heather Ackroyd. Millions of grass seeds, enough to cover several football pitches are in place and will continue to grow as the 'exhibition continues. The installation continues at Ebrington from 15th September - 27th October 2013. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin

Santa waves to the crowd at Ebrington Square in Derry 22.11.13

Santa waves to the crowd at Ebrington Square in Derry 22.11.13

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Ebrington Barracks in Londonderry, 1970

A former British Army base could be the site of the first Irish language secondary school for Londonderry and Strabane.

The steering group behind the An Bradan Feasa college - which translates as 'The Salmon of Knowledge' - have submitted plans to the Education Minister which they hope will result in the first intake of pupils in 2017.

Philip Sheerin, a member of the group, said the 400 pupils attending one of the four Irish medium primary schools in Derry and Strabane have a right to continue their education in the language.

He said: "We researched the level of interest from parents with children at one of the four Irish medium primary schools and 97% said they would like their children to continue their education in the language.

"We have selected Ebrington because there are suitable buildings available and it is a good location for the children in Strabane who would be travelling.

"It is also beside St Columb's Park so we would have access to the sports facilities there but we anticipate that we will be self-sustaining in three to four years."

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