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Meath mum overjoyed after son finally offered place in local secondary school months after his twin was accepted


A Meath mum who was distraught after just one of her twin sons got a place in a local secondary school while the other was rejected says her family is overjoyed that both boys have now been accepted.

Adri O’Dea says son Aidan who was refused a place in Boyne Community School in Trim due to oversubscription, was thrilled to learn that he could now join his brother Cian in September following the news that additional resources will be put in place to accommodate students for September 2020.

The news marks the end of months of stress and uncertainty for the family.

Mum Adri had vowed that her sons would not be separated, even if that meant finding a new school for both of them, she now says that the family can “breathe easier” knowing both boys will attend school together.

She said:“We got a call from Boyne Community School earlier this week offering Aidan a place. We couldn’t believe it.

“The boys are relieved so happy that they will be going to the same school and Cian is excited that he can finally start looking forward to going to secondary school.




“He was so worried before and he didn’t want to go to a school that didn’t want his brother. It has been really unfair to them but now we can put it all behind us.”

Ms O’Dea described being “shocked” to receive two letters from the school, one giving one of her sons a place and the other saying the second boy was not accepted.

The 6th class students, who live just outside Trim and attend St Michael’s NS nearby to Boyne Community School, were said to be ‘inconsolable’ at the prospect of being separated while Adri pointed out that no indication of the oversubscription was given during the application process.

She said: “We sent in the application form on the open day so we were in plenty of time. I indicated on both of their forms that they were twins.”

TD for Meath West Damien English revealed that he had received confirmation from Minister Joe McHugh’s office that additional accommodation would be put in place for Boyne Community School for September 2020 to address the crisis.




Adri was forced to bring Cian for the entrance assessment while a devastated Aidan sat in the car.

Speaking at the time she said: “Aidan feels that the school doesn’t want him, it has created a difficult situation for us as a family.

“The thoughts of them being torn apart is too much to bear, they do everything together.

“It’s just heartbreaking but I’m going to keep fighting for them.

The relieved Meath mum says the family can now look to the future.




“We were kind of dreading the transition because of all of the uncertainty but now we can start looking forward to it and planning for September.

“We are all in a much happier positive place as a family. It has been a very tough time.

“I’m very proud of how the boys handled it, I think they just really grew as people through the whole experience.

“We are delighted with the outcome. It has been a very stressful and trying time for all the families involved in this process since late November.”



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