A €35 million investment in Limerick’s second-level education infrastructure started to take shape last Friday when Education Minister Norma Foley turned the sod on a new school campus for Mungret Community College.
Located on a ten-acre greenfield site and operated under the auspices of the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, the Mungret campus will have the capacity city to cater for 1,000 students.
The 11,000 square metre building will feature 37 general classrooms and a two-classroom special education needs facility, along with six science laboratories and two design and communication graphics rooms.
There will be two art/craft rooms, two home economics rooms, two technology rooms, two multimedia laboratories and two textile rooms as well as a music room, a construction studies room, an engineering room and a library.
The campus will also include an Olympic-sized physical education hall and fitness suite along with multiple ancillary spaces, and extensive external areas with six hard play courts.
Speaking to students, staff and members of the Board of Management, Minister Foley said that Mungret Community College had achieved a lot in a short space of time.
“This year we are looking at the Leaving Cert cohort who were the first students in the school. The Department is very proud that we are providing the resources to you, that you will have new facilities, greater facilities, better facilities.
“This is a school that has been achieved out of great determination and I wish you the very best in all that you choose to do,” she added.
College Principal, Liam O’Mahoney said that with the new building they were looking forward to adding to the excellent facilities already provided to the school by the Education and Training Board.
The project design team for the new school campus is led by Healy Partners Architects. Construction by Coolsivna Construction Group is now underway, with the project due for completion in late 2024.