05 May, 2006 - Minister Hanafin opens extension to Tory Island School

'facilities will support unique culture of island life' - Minister Hanafin


Pictures: Clive Wasson

Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin T.D., today opened the new extension and refurbishment to Colaiste Pobail Colmcille, Tory Island, Co. Donegal. The new accommodation provides the school, which has 15 pupils, with a Home Economics Room, a Technology Room, a Science Laboratory, a preparatory suite, along with a staff room and Principal's office.

County Donegal Vocational Education Committee was provided with an all in grant of over €1million by the Department of Education and Science to provide Colaiste Pobail Colmcille with the new accommodation.

Opening the new extension at Colaiste Pobail Colmcille, Minister Hanafin said "this is an historic day not just for the students here today but for future generations of students who will come to school here on Tory Island. The entire Island community can now avail of these facilities for sports, night classes and community activities.

Occasions such as this give us an opportunity to reflect on the past, to celebrate the present and to shape the future of educational services so that we make the most of the amenities and facilities that are available to us, so that everyone can benefit from them."

Highlighting the historical and cultural tradition on Tory Island, Minister Hanafin said "I am delighted to see that as well as providing a broad and balanced curriculum for its students, Colaiste Pobail Colmcille also provides an extensive range of cultural activities including dancing, music and drama."

Wishing the school continued success in the future, Minister Hanafin said "I am confident these new facilities will enhance not only educational opportunities for all but the unique culture of Island life ensuring that future generations may continue to experience the richness of its heritage and all that is unique to it."

Earlier in the day, Minister Hanafin met with pupils, teachers and parents at Bunscoil Cholmcille, also on Tory Island.