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Progress being made on Colaiste Mhichil CBS extension as planning permission is being sought 

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 Colaiste Mhichil CBS extension – pictured above is what the school is proposed to look like once construction is completed. 

The school is planning a huge refurbishment and extension

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ellie McCarthy 

Founded in 1829, Colaiste Mhichil CBS is one of Limerick’s oldest schools, being almost 200 years old.

Coláiste Mhichíl CBS, the renowned Limerick school, has given an update on their huge revamping project to augment the number of attendees and the interior layout of the historic building.


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One of Limerick’s oldest secondary schools, Coláiste Mhichíl CBS, has announced that they are seeking planning permission for a €25 million redevelopment.

The Colaiste Mhichil CBS extension plans have been submitted to the Limerick City and County Council. The school is planning a huge refurbishment and extension which is estimated to cost about €18.5 million. 

The plans include the demolition of existing extension buildings, conservation and renovation of historic buildings, a new three-storey school extension and a stand-alone multi-purpose hall. 

An extension is to be built at the rear of the school, with a building constructed in the 1980s set to be demolished. This will pave the way for state-of-the-art classrooms, science labs, practical rooms, and sporting facilities. Notably, a special educational needs unit for pupils with autism will be included.

After the upgrade, the school will see its student numbers increase from 330 to 550. The Department of Education and Skills has approved the project and the design team is led by Limerick-based architects the Healy Partners, based on Glentworth Street who were appointed in September 2020.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Healy Partners firm director Richard Rice said, “The project is of a substantial scale and will very much contribute to the creation of momentum in terms of urban development in this area Limerick city. The design approach acknowledges the historic fabric of the existing buildings and proposes new modern contemporary series of education and sports buildings that will provide a dynamic and imaginative learning environment for students at the school.”

The landmark 19th-century building at Sexton Street is to remain untouched, but its interior will be completely revamped as part of the proposals.

This investment will bring the present school building into the 21st century and see the facilities match the energy and great work that is currently taking place in the school.

Principal Denis O’Connor has previously said the redevelopment will improve the future of the school and create new teaching positions and temporary building jobs.

Coláiste Mhichíl CBS is one of Limerick’s oldest schools, coming in at almost 200 years old. Founded in 1829, this city centre landmark school has given a rich education to Limerick celebrities such as JP McManus, hurling star Eamonn Grimes, and Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health. The building is expected to commence in the near future.

Find out more information on the Colaiste Mhichil CBS extension 

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