Extension to Easkey school
Science laboratory and two additional classrooms to be built
Work has begun on a €700,000 extension to Coláiste Iascaigh.
Rhatigan Architects, Sligo are responsible for the design and development of the new additional accommodation to the college which is under the auspices of the MSLETB.
The extension includes a state-of-the-art science laboratory and prep room, two additional classrooms, sanitary accommodation and ancillary areas.
Colaiste Iascaigh is to benefit from being one of the first schools in the North West of Ireland to have the most modern and current Science Classroom facility.
The Department of Education following research and investment into the best practice of teaching of science in schools created the new format science room.
Principal Maeve Kelly and Deputy Principal Lorraine Sherlock welcomed Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Education & Training Board (MSLETB) Chief Executive Tom Grady and Director of Schools Mary Madden to 'turn the sod' on the site.
They celebrated the occasion with the contractor appointed to the project and past pupil of the school John Kennedy, MSLETB Buildings Officer Anne Taaffe, Johanna Preston from Rhatigan Architects and members of the schools Board of Management.
Maeve Kelly said the occasion marked the beginning of a new era for Coláiste Iascaigh, a local school for a local community.
Four years ago the late Joe McDonagh CE could see the huge potential and need for growth.
"Four years later we are able to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter for the school.
"It is a fantastic opportunity to have new laboratory facilities to support STEM within the school, and with the growth of science and large pharmaceuticals in the Sligo area it will most certainly be an asset to our current and future students.
"This is the culmination of a lot of hard work and perseverance to get to this stage," she said.
Builder John Kennedy said he was delighted to be awarded the contract.
He was educated and sat his Leaving Certificate in Coláiste Iascaigh some years ago and it was wonderful to come full circle and return to support the growth and development of the school.
MSLETB Chief Executive, Tom Grady said he is delighted for Coláiste Iascaigh, a school with a great tradition in education in the community.
He acknowledged the support of the Department of Education and Skills for the project and said he is hugely appreciative of all MSLETB Staff and Board of Management of the school for their commitment in bringing this project to commencement.
He said he looked forward to the project's completion contributing to a bright future for Easkey and the entire catchment area served by Coláiste Iascaigh.