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Fundraiser underway for astro at Mercy College


The Mercy College. Pic: Donal Hackett.

The Mercy College. Pic: Donal Hackett.

The Mercy College. Pic: Donal Hackett.


The Mercy College/Aonad Loch Gile Sligo has started a new fundraising campaign for the development of a new Astro Turf pitch to ensure that the school has an all-weather pitch for sports and activities, all year round.

The Astro Turf pitch will also be available for use by local organisations and will be a community as well as a school asset.

The overall cost of completing the project will be in the region of €500,000.

The school has raised money through several school-based fundraisers but needs to raise a significant amount of money to complete the project.

The parents and past pupils AstroTurf committee has set up a gofundme page to help meet this target.

The Mercy Order has proudly provided primary education in Sligo since 1849, and secondary education since 1946.

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Prior to this the Mercy sisters tended to the local Sligo community during the Cholera epidemic and the Great Famine.

The school has grown from strength to strength since 1946 and has always had a strong focus on sports.

In 1971 the school won the European Cadette Basketball Championships and went on to win the Senior European Basketball Championships the following year.

The school now provides several sporting opportunities for students including gaelic, soccer, hockey, basketball, athletics and water sports.

In 2017, Mercy College opened Aonad Loch Gile, the first second level Gaelscoil in Sligo/Leitrim. The school continues the long Mercy history of supporting and assisting others, not just locally, but globally through their sponsorship of two schools in Tanzania and Kenya.

Organisers of the fundraiser are calling on all pupils, parents, and friends, past and present, in every corner of the world to help them to raise as much as possible to enable them to complete the Astro Turf pitch.

They are also calling on the community of Sligo, in which Mercy College has played an integral role in teaching and community service for almost 200 years, to support the school’s fundraising efforts.

The fundraising committee, staff and pupils of the school would like to sincerely thank you for supporting our cause. The link for donations can be found by entering the following link into your web browser, or by searching for ‘

AstroTurf Mercy College-Aonad Loch Gile Sligo’ on GoFundMe