New Building Officially Opened at Holy Rosary College Mountbellew

Holy Rosary College Mountbellew celebrated its 50th Anniversary last Friday 4th March with the official opening of a €6 million extension.

The school invited all past pupils, parents, local community, past staff members, representatives from CEIST and anyone who had an association with the school to celebrate its 50th anniversary. 

All who attended received a guided tour of the new school building, refreshements, music, photo displays and an opportunity of course to catch up with former classmates and teachers. 

The opening ceremony was performed by former Principal, Sr. Dympna Stack, whose Congregation, The Sisters of the Christian Retreat, took over the school in September 1965. That year Sr. Dympna enrolled 27 boys who joined 52 girls in the former Dower House of the Grattan – Bellew estate, which had housed an all-girls school since 1944. Today HRC has over 560 students.

The new building includes specially designed rooms for Art, Music, Business and Religion, a Language / Multimedia Lab, two Woodwork / Construction Studies Rooms, four Science Labs, two Home Economics rooms, a Library, and six new general classrooms.

A new Sports Hall with Fitness Suite and Stage has also been built and outdoor sports facilities have been developed.

A large Assembly Hall with Canteen is a central feature of the new building, overlooking a courtyard garden with an Art installation by Athenry sculptor, Donnacha Cahill, funded by the Per Cent for Art Scheme.

The Design Team was OKM Architects, Sligo; Tobin Engineers, Galway; Heavey Kenny M&E Consultants, Galway and McCauls Quantity Surveyors, Sligo.

HRC is especially proud that so many of its former students were involved in the building project: the Main Contractor, Patrick Gardiner, MD of Coolsivna Construction, Mountbellew; Project Engineers, Aidan Doyle and Kerril Jones from Tobins, Galway; Electrical Contractor, Sean Gavin, Blocklaying Contractor, Aidan Mannion, Foundations Contractor, Colm Finnerty and Clerk of Works, John Crehan are all past pupils.

A history of Holy Rosary College 1965 – 2015 by former HRC teacher, Dr. Gabriel O’Connor was also launched on Friday and is available from the school office.

Since 2007, HRC is under the trusteeship of CEIST.

The extension and refurbishment of HRC was funded by the Government’s Investment in Infrastructure and Jobs Programme 2013.

The new stage and outdoor sports facilities are being funded by the HRC Parents’ Association.

At the official opening of the major extension and refurbishment at Holy Rosary College Mountbellew, Co. Galway on Friday 4th March were (left to right) Bernard Keeley, (Chairperson, CEIST), Liam Bergin, (Educena CEO), Marie Griffin, (CEIST CEO), Sr. Dympna Stack who founded the co-ed school 50 years ago, Maureen Walsh, School Principal, Archbishop Michael Neary, a former Chaplain at HRC and Paddy Boyle, former Principal of the school. 

Pictured above are John Fahey (former Principal of the school), Maureen Walsh (current Principal), Sr. Dympna Stack and Paddy Boyle who are also former Principals of Holy Rosary College.