Coláiste Mhuire Askeaton – The event was attended by students from the school, Principal Morgan Heaphy, along with Chief Executive, George O’Callaghan, and Director of Schools, Donncha Ó Treasaigh, from the school’s patron Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. Picture: Keith Wiseman
Coláiste Mhuire Askeaton new astroturf received €69,500 funding from the Government’s Sports Capital Programme
A new astroturf pitch at Coláiste Mhuire Askeaton was officially opened by Minister for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins TD. The event was attended by students from the school, Principal Morgan Heaphy, along with Chief Executive, George O’Callaghan, and Director of Schools, Donncha Ó Treasaigh, from the school’s patron Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.
Speaking at the official opening, Minister Niall Collins TD said: “I’m delighted to be here today to cut the ribbon on this fantastic facility for students of Coláiste Mhuire. It will enhance the already excellent facilities offered at the school and support multiple sports activities all year round.”
The new facility at the school costing €94,000 received €69,500 funding from the Government’s Sports Capital Programme for an artificial playing surface. Additional funding was provided by the ETB, as the school’s patron body. The main contractor was Munster Astroturf, with Rogerson Reddan Associates providing Quantity Surveying services. Speaking at the opening, George O’Callaghan, Chief Executive, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, paid tribute to the patron’s capital and procurement team for its management of the project.
The official opening had to be deferred 2 years due to the pandemic but the students in Coláiste Mhuire have already been enjoying the significant benefits the new astroturf pitch has to offer. Speaking at the official opening, Morgan Heaphy, Principal, said: “This new pitch further enhances our excellent facilities at Coláiste Mhuire and it provides our students with new opportunities for physical exercise which will contribute to their overall health and wellbeing.
Principal Heaphy added, “The school’s mission is to provide a learning environment that promotes the educational, emotional, spiritual, psychological and moral welfare of each student while encouraging the cooperation and assistance of the parents/guardians of the student.
In Coláiste Mhuire we are committed to equality of opportunity for all and we recognise that each student has unique gifts. We endeavour to foster and encourage growth and development of these by encouraging each student to participate to the fullest possible extent in the social, cultural and sporting activities of the school. Our aim is that on completion of their formal second level education, our students may emerge as self-disciplined, responsible and well-adjusted citizens, capable of playing an active and positive role in modern society.”
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