Students swap books for iPads thanks to anonymous donor

Sixth-class students at Bishop Murphy National School, Fermoy, Co Cork, after iPads for school use were distributed to all pupils. Picture: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Ralph Riegel

STUDENTS at a national school have swapped blackboards, whiteboards and copy books for iPads as homework - thanks to an anonymous donation of €50,000.

Bishop Murphy Memorial national school in Fermoy, Co Cork, has become the first primary facility to provide an individual iPad for every student, teacher and staff member.

The donation funded more than 120 tablets.

"I'm really excited to get my own iPad today," said Cameron Bright (11) from Fermoy. Jamie Wheeler (12), from Kilworth, said it was "a bit like Christmas coming early."

Principal James O'Donoghue hailed it as a landmark day for Irish primary education.

The iPads - estimated to have cost more than €50,000 - were funded by a generous local, who wants to remain anonymous.

The school has 102 students, six teachers and four special needs assistants.