CONTRACTS for the €7.5 million redevelopment of St Munchin’s College have been signed and work has commenced on a major overhaul of the Corbally school.
Nearly 350 people visited the school on Saturday last for the signing of the contracts in the school, included among them famous past-pupils Philip Danaher, Fine Gael TD Kieran O’Donnell and Munster rugby player Damien Varley.
Work has now commenced on the extensive modification and refurbishment of the main three-storey building at the Corbally college, and the plans also include the addition of a new sports hall and playing facilities.
The work, which will be carried out in three phases, is expected to take about two years, acting deputy principal Brian O’Donoghue said.
L & M Keating Ltd are the main contractors on the substantial redevelopment, funding for which was secured from the Department of Education and Skills.
The project will see the construction of a new stand-alone sports hall as well as the refurbishment of the current school, with the old dormitories on the school’s second floor to be converted into classrooms, laboratories and other specialist rooms.
It is hoped that the works will cause a minimum of disruption to daily life in the school and the first of the new classrooms are expected to come on stream within six months.
The new sports hall should be complete within the year, said Mr O’Donoghue, who noted that it would be a “huge bonus to the school, given our current facilities are a bit cramped”.
St Munchin’s have 560 students and hope to increase enrolment to 600 students as a direct result of the works.
Past pupils, parents and friends of the college along with college trustees and staff gathered for the signing of contracts on Saturday and Mr O’Donoghue explained that it was a “lovely day”.
“People came in and wandered around the school, telling stories and looking at old pictures and there was a wonderful atmosphere,” he explained.
Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon, trustee of the school, said St Munchin’s was beginning a “new and exciting chapter” with the extensive redevelopment project.