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.