Mayo Schools receive $11,500 support from US

Pictured at the presentation of cheques from the Irish American Partnership to five Mayo schools were: Back row, Left to right: Peter Hynes (Mayo County Manager); Deirdre Kozicki (Irish American Partnership); Siobh??n Kozicki (Irish American Partnership); Cormac Kozicki (Irish American Partnership); Kelly Heneghan (Irish American Partnership); Noreen Hughes (Tourmakeady NS); Mary S. Heneghan (Tourmakeady NS); Mary Maloney (Tourmakeady NS); Mary Timoney (Tourmakeady NS); Fr P Staunton (Board Member, Tourmakeady NS); Nina Lydon (Tourmakeady NS); Peter Keane (Chairman, Tourmakeady NS); Joanne Grehan (Western Development Commission). Front row; Left to right: Maeve Kozicki (Irish American Partnership); Chris Kozicki (Irish American Partnership); Declan Prendergast (Principal, Colaiste Mhuire, Tourmakeady); Patrick Heneghan (Irish American Partnership);Cllr. John Cribbin, (Chairman, Mayo County Council); John Joe Joyce (Principal, Tourmakeady National School); Deborah Convey (Principal, Meelick NS, Swinford); Fr J Photo: Michael Donnelly

Pictured at the presentation of cheques from the Irish American Partnership to five Mayo schools were: Back row, Left to right: Peter Hynes (Mayo County Manager); Deirdre Kozicki (Irish American Partnership); Siobh??n Kozicki (Irish American Partnership); Cormac Kozicki (Irish American Partnership); Kelly Heneghan (Irish American Partnership); Noreen Hughes (Tourmakeady NS); Mary S. Heneghan (Tourmakeady NS); Mary Maloney (Tourmakeady NS); Mary Timoney (Tourmakeady NS); Fr P Staunton (Board Member, Tourmakeady NS); Nina Lydon (Tourmakeady NS); Peter Keane (Chairman, Tourmakeady NS); Joanne Grehan (Western Development Commission). Front row; Left to right: Maeve Kozicki (Irish American Partnership); Chris Kozicki (Irish American Partnership); Declan Prendergast (Principal, Colaiste Mhuire, Tourmakeady); Patrick Heneghan (Irish American Partnership);Cllr. John Cribbin, (Chairman, Mayo County Council); John Joe Joyce (Principal, Tourmakeady National School); Deborah Convey (Principal, Meelick NS, Swinford); Fr J Photo: Michael Donnelly

An Irish American fund has generously donated monies to help develop learning facilities at Mayo schools.

Five County Mayo schools have benefited from a share of a $11,500 fund from the Irish American Partnership under its ‘Primary School Library and Science’ programmes. The funding will be used to purchase books, reading materials and science materials in three Swinford schools - Killasser National School, Meelick National School and Culmore National School, and two Tourmakeady schools, Tourmakeady National School and Colaiste Mhuire post primary school.

Two men with strong Mayo connections, Jim Durkan, a native of Swinford, and Patrick Heneghan, whose ancestors came from Tourmakeady, were instrumental in the decision of the Irish American Partnership to award funding to the five Mayo schools. Mr Durkan and Mr Heneghan are both based in Chicago and are active members of the Partnership.

Members of the Irish American Partnership have been responsible for over $16 million in grants to Irish education to date as part of their ingoing support for Irish schools. The Partnership works closely with the Department of Education and Science to identify appropriate programmes and schools for funding.

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