Sale of Farmland

The downturn in Agricultural prices and income in the late sixties, together with increasing burdens of farm management and the outstanding debt on the Recreation Hall, led to the sale of most of the College farmland and the dairy herd about 1972. Fr. Charles Joseph Doherty also carried out considerable repairs and refurbishment of the Military Barracks. New windows were fitted, the building was re-roofed, the walls were stripped of ivy and replastered. The contractor was Eugene Madden. The kitchen was modernised under the direction of Sr. Maureen Lally.

 

The need for further expansion was recognised and planning was initiated and advanced by three presidents Fr. Thomas Flynn, Fr. Robert Flynn and Fr. James Colleran who took the New Building project to the contract signing stage in May 1982. Fr. Andrew Johnston (the incoming president) took responsibility for the construction and, sixteen months later, saw the completion of two new science laboratories, a Drawing Room, Woodwork Room, Biology Demonstration Room, seven classrooms, office, staff room, social areas and toilets. The architects were Jeffers, Kearns and Associates, Galway. Brian Reilly & Associates were the quantity surveyors. Kevin Madden, Galway was the consultant for mechanical and electrical services and the contractors were Mulhers Brothers, Crossmolina.

 

The blessing and official opening of the New Building was held on Sunday 29th April 1984, performing by Bishop Thomas Flynn and Mr. Ted Nealon minister of State for Art and Culture, both of whom were past pupils. Invitations to the opening were sent to all students of the College, their parents, national school teachers in the catchment area, priests of the diocese, school staff and public representatives.