An event took place this week to mark the launch of Our Lady’s College, which will officially open its doors in September 2016. This new school represents the union of two well-known Galway educational facilities; Presentation Secondary School and Mercy Newtownsmith.
The Mercy Sisters have been providing second-level education in Galway city centre for 78 years and the Presentation Sisters celebrated two hundred years of involvement in Galway’s education system in 2015.
The new school will cater for more than five hundred girls, and will allow for a broader curriculum and new programme options. Both schools are already co-operating closely in terms of the enhanced provision. The school’s motto ‘Excellence Together’ sums up the intention of the new institution, which promises a new and strong future for girls’ post primary education in Galway city centre.
In attendance at the launch event in the Radisson Hotel were the new school’s patron, CEIST (Catholic Education an Irish Schools Trust ), the Boards of Management of Presentation Secondary School and Mercy Newtownsmith, Mayor of Galway Frank Fahy, TDs, members of Galway City Council and members of the school community. A combined choir from both schools opened the event to a packed ballroom.
Galway Mayor, Frank Fahy said it was great to see such a fantastic crowd and spoke of the ‘wonderful union of these two great Galway institutions. The schools are working very well together already and it’s very positive for Galway education’.