Children begin first day at primary school

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60 children started school at Divine Word Primary School in Dublin's Rathfarnham today
60 children started school at Divine Word Primary School in Dublin's Rathfarnham today
Four new primary schools will open this year as demand rises
Four new primary schools will open this year as demand rises
There were smiles and tears today as some children began their first day at school
There were smiles and tears today as some children began their first day at school
72,000 children will begin their formal education this year
72,000 children will begin their formal education this year

More than 70,000 four and five year olds are beginning their formal education at school today and over the coming week.

The country's school going population continues to grow with an estimated 8,000 additional pupils expected to attend primary schools this year.

Latest figures show the sector has grown by 27% overall over the past decade.

RTÉ news visited Divine Word Primary School in Dublin's Rathfarnham today, where 60 children started school.