Coláiste an Chreágain, Mountbellew last week joined its past and present when it officially opened its new library in the school’s old Chapel building.
Formerly known as St Jarlath’s of Mountbellew, Coláiste an Chreágain is the longest-running VEC school in Co. Galway and celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.
All Coláiste an Chreágain students receive personal laptops, so in addition to books, the new library includes numerous electrical points, WiFi and substantial lighting. The conversion of the old Chapel building was completed by the school caretaker, Mr Willie Hughes.
Students were addressed by a number of speakers at the launch, which took place on Thursday, 8 November, including Mr Pat Gilmore, Galway VEC Chairperson, local historian Mr Joe Clarke, and Galway Chamber President, Mr Declan Dooley, who told students of the importance of the practical characteristics of the VEC educational programme.
“When you can apply knowledge in a useful way, you can solve any problem. You can be proud of what you learn here. Problem-solving skills are incredibly valuable to employers and are required if you want to be an entrepreneur,” he said.
Mr Dooley is a past pupil of the school.
On the same day, Coláiste an Chreágain was also awarded the Green Flag for Environmental Excellence in the area of recycling and waste management.
“We’re very proud of the Green Flag, as it represents our commitment to an ecologically sustainable future. The old chapel is a key focal point and is a distinctive building. Converting it into a comfortable library is a great way of joining the past and present. The conversion was made possible through a combination of VEC funding and donations from our very active Parents’ Association,” said Anne-Marie Carroll, Principal.