The changing face of Mary I

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Advertisement NewsLocal NewsThe changing face of Mary IBy admin – September 3, 2010 511 Email Reporter Colum Coomey witnesses major transformation of SCRd collegeFrom 300 students in 1992 to 3,000 in 2010Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up STUDENTS returning to Mary Immaculate College this month will not recognise their new campus, according to college president, Professor Peadar Cremin.“Our new Tara building doubles the previous capacity of the college with 8,500 square metres of additional space. The centre of activity has moved from our older buildings”.There is a since of achievement attached to the €17million latest amenity for Peadar, now 10 years at the helm.“The library was built in 1979 and it was the last to be completed before the Tailteann building in 2007.“Any time that we needed more space in the past 40 years we were given portacabins. We must have the largest selection of portacabins in the country.“The new building highlights the parts of the accumulation of prefabs and the part of the college that were poor”.The 8348 sq.m four storey building contains a 500 seat auditorium, four large lecture theatres, a simulated classroom, microteaching rooms, meeting rooms, teaching labs, computer labs, seminar rooms, a meditation room, counselling rooms, students’ union facilities and an enormous student forum.When asked if he felt that they were lucky to have the project completed before the construction tide had turned, he gave a frank response.“Two years ago we were told that this project was not going ahead so we are very pleased. It was only following a direct plea with the Minister that we got this back on track. After consideration Batt O’Keeffe announced that the €17 million project would be completed”.However, he has now witnessed the devastating impact of the recession first hand.“Sadly, we have seen our builders McNamara Construction and architects Murray O’Laoire go out of business. This building and the Tailteann building are monuments to Murray O’Laoire in Limerick”.A new library is now the number one priority.“We have the same library as we had in 1992 when we had just 300 students, now we have 3,000 students”.He emphasised that the new dimension of the campus shows that there is more to Mary I than powerful Christian architecture.“When you see the entrance to the college on South Circular Road, many are unaware that we have 25 acres of parkland. The new buildings stretch through this and play up the beauty of the campus”.The jewel is the stunning state of the art 500 seater theatre.“Prior to this we had an auditorium which couldn’t accommodate an entire year group.“We have a new city centre theatre which will be larger than the Belltable and not as big as UCH.“We have already had many expressions of interests for shows, including a pantomime at Christmas”.Fundraising still needs to be done to finance the uplift of the space from a 500 seater classroom to a theatre and which will cost over €1million.Sponsorship is now being sought for the seats.“Interestingly, the first response we had came from a man from Florida who wants the first seat to be dedicated to the memory of Limerick-born Catherine Hayes (1818-1861) Ireland’s first operatic diva.center_img Linkedin Twitter Print Previous articleNews round upNext articleEight months on – still no clear water adminlast_img read more

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Cameroon 1990 World Cup captain Tataw dies at age 57

first_imgDOUALA, Cameroon (AFP) – Stephen Tataw, the man who captained Cameroon to a landmark place in the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals, died yesterday after an illness, the country’s football federation FECAFOOT announced.Tataw was 57.“Stephen Tataw died this morning in Yaounde following an illness,” FECAFOOT wrote on Twitter.Tataw was Cameroon captain when the team made the last eight at the World Cup in Italy 30 years ago. They were knocked out by England, but famously defeated reigning champions Argentina in the opening game.Cameroon also saw off Romania and Colombia to become the first African nation to reach the quarter-finals.Two years earlier, the Indomitable Lions had won the African Cup of Nations with Tataw at the heart of the defence.Tataw played his club football at home as well as in Japan. After retiring, he worked with the federation in supervising the national teams.last_img read more

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