St Muredach's take the next step into the future

With the opening of its new €150,000 state of the art Martin Birrane Technology Suite, Ballina's St Muredach's College now provides one of the country's finest technology facilities for its students. Attending the official opening were, from left: Matthew Coldrick (deputy principal),  Peter Timlin (board of management, chairman), Martin Birrane, Leo Golden (principal), Paul Flynn (student), Michael Jacskon (technology teacher), Bishop John Fleming (St Muredach's College patron), and Mark Winters (parents' council chairperson). Photo: Henry Wills.

With the opening of its new €150,000 state of the art Martin Birrane Technology Suite, Ballina's St Muredach's College now provides one of the country's finest technology facilities for its students. Attending the official opening were, from left: Matthew Coldrick (deputy principal), Peter Timlin (board of management, chairman), Martin Birrane, Leo Golden (principal), Paul Flynn (student), Michael Jacskon (technology teacher), Bishop John Fleming (St Muredach's College patron), and Mark Winters (parents' council chairperson). Photo: Henry Wills.

Martin Birrane, a well-known figure in the world of motor racing and a past pupil of St Muredach’s College, Ballina, recently officially opened The Martin Birrane Technology Suite which will cater for all students from first year through to Leaving Certificate.

The room, hosting the best and latest equipment, was funded by a grant from the Department of Education and Skills and a €25,000 donation by Mr Birrane. The school acknowledges their contributions and thanks them for affording students the opportunity of working in the county’s most innovative and progressive technology room of its kind.

Martin Birrane said he was honoured to open the facility and also highlighted the possibilities this might offer by way of future employment opportunities in light of Brexit. School principal Leo Golden emphasised how important technology would be to the future careers of boys from St Muredach’s and how appropriate it was that a past pupil could help fashion the careers of present and future cohorts of students within the school.

The many guests on the day included parents, students, Peter Timlin (chairperson of board of management ), Mark Winters (chairperson of parents’ association ), Councillor Michael Loftus, Dara Calleary TD, Senator Michelle Mulherin, and Paul Regan (president of Ballina Chamber of Commerce ).

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