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Limerick’s Coláiste Mhichíl CBS announces expansion and redevelopment 

Coláiste Mhichíl CBS is having an interior renovation to welcome more students and more advanced classrooms.

Limerick’s Coláiste Mhichíl CBS announces expansion and redevelopment 

Coláiste Mhichíl CBS, the renowned Limerick school, has declared a huge revamping project to augment the number of attendees and the interior layout of the building. 

The Department of Education confirmed this upgrade and has granted the plan an “eight figure sum”, which was approved by the government. This is fantastic news for the Limerick education system, which had to close down schools and colleges in order to keep students, faculty and all participating members safe from COVID-19. 



Coláiste Mhichíl CBS is one of Limerick’s oldest schools, coming in at being 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.

Now, with the updating project confirmed, the school can continue making history with the advanced technology and facilities.

Principal Denis O’Connor described how the project will be a “transformational” upgrade both for students and for the building itself. The number of students attending will see an increase from 330 to about 550. More teaching jobs will be available as well, in addition to the temporary construction jobs needed to complete the project.

The all-boys school resides in a 19th-century building on Sexton Street. The exterior is set to keep its original look, but the inside will be completely revamped and enhanced with 21st-century developments. The school add on an extension towards the rear of the institution, demolishing a 1980s building in the process. This, however, will give more opportunities to bring about more advancements such as excellent classrooms, science labs, practical rooms and even sporting facilities.

In addition to these plans, an ASD unit will be constructed to accommodate those students and children with autism.

Principal O’Connor discussed how this will impact the school in an interview with the Limerick Leader’s Nick Rabbitts, saying, “This is going to ensure the future of the school and transform the campus for students, parents and teachers.  This is a massive investment and as a school community we are absolutely delighted.”

“Two of the original buildings are going to be kept, but completely overhauled and refurbished to 21st century standards. Then there will be a very modern extension put on. It’s going to be a state-of-the-art school. From a Limerick context, it will be a very prominent landmark in the city. What we are especially happy with is we have been granted a full ASD unit. It reflects the inclusivity of the school,” he said.

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