Limerick secondary school announces multi-million euro upgrade plan

Irish rugby coach Joe Schmidt addressed the senior squad at Crescent College Comprehensive on Wednesday night Picture: Kieran Ryan-Benson

Irish rugby coach Joe Schmidt addressed the senior squad at Crescent College Comprehensive on Wednesday night Picture: Kieran Ryan-Benson

CRESCENT College Comprehensive in Limerick has announced a multi-million euro development that will include a new science wing and complete re-roofing of the building.

It comes as the school hosts a number of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the college on Dooradoyle Road and 150 years in Limerick.

Principal Karin Fleming said the Department of Education was funding the upgrade of the school, with additional funding from the Jesuit Trustees to go toward the development of the new science wing. For the past number of years, the Board of Management, staff and parents, have been engaged in a process of planning – Phase 1– which is now almost completed, she explained.

“It’s an exciting time for the school, and we are really grateful to both the Department of Education and the Jesuits for the funding of this project which will significantly enhance the learning environment for our pupils,” she said.

“We’re approaching the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the college and the Jesuits have contributed to it and to education in Limerick for the last 150 years. I want to put on record my thanks to the Jesuit Order and to the Department for their ongoing support. The Crescent College community can look to the future with confidence,” she added.

Irish rugby coach Joe Schmidt was in Crescent this Wednesday evening as part of the jubilee celebrations, where he addressed pupils, staff, parents, alumni and supporters in the school’s Central Area. He also honoured six past pupils who earned full Irish caps; Peter Clohessy, Kelvin Leahy, Nicky Barry, Paul Wallace, David Wallace and Eoin Reddan.

“Parents, staff, pupils past and present and all associated with the Crescent College Comprehensive are so proud of these rugby greats. And to have the legendary Joe Schmidt here in the school to honour them means a lot to us all,” said Ms Fleming.

“We are all proud Munster supporters in the school, and we know the saying, ‘Irish by birth, Munster by the grace of God!’ Well the icing on the cake for us is that they are past pupils of the Crescent!”

Women’s hockey is also a big sport in the co-ed school, according to Ms Fleming, who said the Crescent was also rightly proud of former pupil Roisin Upton. She won a silver medal as part of the Irish hockey team who got to the World Cup final earlier this year.