Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D opens West Wing

On Friday 21st September, 2012 we welcomed the Minister of Education and Skills, Mr. Ruairí Quinn to the official opening of our new ‘West Wing’ extension.

Mr. Ruairí Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills unveiling the Plaque at the Official Opening of the West Wing Extension with Principal Padraigín Uí Riordáin.

Bishop John Buckley blessed the new extension as an audience of invited guests, students and teachers attended the celebration.

Bishop John Buckley addressing the audience

Our Principal, Padraigín Uí Riordáin, spoke warmly of the foresight of the founding Principal of Mount Mercy College, Sister Pius O’Dwyer. A meeting room in the new wing is now dedicated to her memory, in honour of St. Pius’ efforts to promote and introduce the teaching of honours maths and science subjects to girls, back in 1965.

Pictured above (LtoR) Ms. Brid Higgisson, Chairperson Parents Association, Mr. Jerry Buttimer, T.D., Dr John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross, Mr. John Kennedy, Chairman Board of Management, Sr. Liz Murphy, Mercy Provincial, Cllr. John Buttimer, Lord Mayor of Cork, Mr. Ruairí Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills, Ms. Anne Kelleher, CEO CEIST and Padraigín Uí Riordáin, Principal, Mount Mercy College.

Guests who attended included the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Buttimer, Ms. Anne Kelleher, CEO CEIST, Prof. Michael Murphy UCC, Dr Dan Collins CIT, as well as Public Representatives, Business Representatives and members of Mount Mercy College Parents Association.

Staff and students were joined on the day by former Principal, Ms. Murphy, and retired staff. Guests were treated to a musical interlude which included a piece by violinist Mairead Hickey, a current 5th Year pupil and National Young Musician, and Singer Rosemary Doyle.

After the opening ceremony the Minister toured the new wing, and the updated science labs, which the Dept. funded through the Summer Works Scheme. Minister Quinn also visited the newly revamped library and the school’s Prayer room with its colourful stained glass windows and wall mural completed by Transition Year Students.

In welcoming the new enhanced accommodation and facilities, Principal Padraigín Uí Riordáin pointed out in her address that the next goal is already in sight for Mount Mercy College because the school is presently fundraising for a new Sports Hall and Canteen, to be built at the rear of their expansive grounds on the Model Farm road.

Bienvenida Ms Maria Lago!

Welcome to Ms. Maria Lago who joins the Mount Mercy Spanish Department. Maria will be a teaching assistant for the 2012-13 academic year. We are delighted that she has joined us and we know our students will no doubt gain a deeper insight into the Spanish culture and language. We hope her stay with us at Mount Mercy College will be an enjoyable one.

Cead Míle Fáilte Ms Silvia Lüderitz!

Welcome to Ms. Silvia Lüderitz who has arrived from Germany. She is our new German language assistant for the school year 2012-13. We are delighted to have Silvia working here with us at Mount Mercy College. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain important linguistic and cultural awareness of all things German. We wish Silvia the very best in her time here with us and look forward to having her on the Mount Mercy team!

Hiermit möchten wir Silvia Lüderitz, unsere neue deutsche Sprachassistentin herzlich begrüssen! Wir sind froh Silvia in Mount Mercy zu haben. Dies ist eine wundervolle Gelegenheit unseren Schülerinnen die deutsche sprache und Kultur näher zu bringen. Wir wünschen Silvia alles Gute für die Zeit im Mount Mercy Team!