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Building boom in Louisburgh with Sancta Maria development


A NEW DAWNWork is continuing on the €7 million building project at Sancta Maria College.

Áine Ryan

WITH a crane on the skyline, the west Mayo village of Louisburgh is enjoying its first major building boom since the economic crash as its secondary school, Sancta Maria College undergoes a major development project. The €7 million project, which got underway after last Summer’s Leaving and Junior Certificate exams, includes a large state-of-the-art extension to the school. The existing school is also being redeveloped and refurbished.
The development includes several new general classrooms, designed to meet new Junior Cycle requirements, as well as many specialist rooms including two new modern labs, a multi-media learning lab, technical graphics and woodwork rooms.
“Sancta Maria’s ethos proudly values the holistic development of our students, so the building incorporates new music, drama and sports facilities both inside and out. The brand new gym, fitness suite and outdoor playing courts are being excitedly talked about by students, who are keen to get going in them next year,” said Principal, Pauline Moran.  
Continuing, she said: “The need for such development highlights the continued growth in the school over recent years. Student numbers are currently over 450 so the extension comes at a vital time.”
Ms Moran also spoke of ‘her pride in the growth of the school over the past ten years’.
“It has been a long road to getting to this stage of the development but it is wonderful to watch the building grow each week,” she said.
 She added that students have spoken about the big changes they have noticed during the development and fifth year students, in particular,  are very excited about the new opportunities the school will bring during their Leaving Cert year
The developers are Kilcawley Construction with the project bringing a boost to employment locally.  Poignantly, 2019 marks the  centenary of the establishment of Sancta Maria College by the Sisters of Mercy Order.

Did you know?
Sancta Maria College was the first Catholic co-education secondary school in Ireland. The school was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1919-1920. Twenty pupils started that year. There was a fee of £9 per student per year.

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