Ministers Paul Kehoe and Josepha Madigan were welcomed to St Peter's College last week as the school showcased the extensive rebuilds and renovations which have been carried out in recent months.
Some of those renovations were only made possible due to a grant from the Department of Heritage, Culture and the Gaeltacht, of which Deputy Madigan is the Minister, and she was thanked personally during a speech made by former principal of the school Father Pat Quigley.
'I hope the walk around gave you an idea of what we think has the potential to become a major tourist attraction in the heart of Wexford town with its period house, Pugin Church and Tower Building,' said Father Quigley as he addressed both Ministers, and members of Wexford County Council and the Campus committee.
Stating that the school's aim was to develop a visitor attraction around its historical buildings and ensure its students developed an appreciation of St Peters' heritage, Father Quigley said the Pugin Church, which was built in 1839, would be restored to its former glories once it had been upgraded.
Praising the Campus committee for their work in refurbishing the school's older buildings, Father Quigley spoke about the new glass viewing cabin which had been erected on top of the Tower.
'The Campus Board gave the project its full backing and monitored all aspects of the work. Great credit is due to Wexford County Council for their assistance during the planning process and in the execution of the project.
'New floors, repairs to windows and doors were all necessary and this work was done by the conservation carpenter Mark Lawlor. Gabbett Engineering were the main contractors and did a brilliant job. They also got the Clock Tower back working after 30 years and erected the College crests. Senator Windows and Viking Glass provided the glazing. Campus Manager Mairead Coleman and members of the Board coordinated the work.
'When you stand in the front lawn and see the history and heritage and culture encapsulated in the buildings one realises how present and future generations of students have been privileged to share in this facility,' said Father Quigley.