April 2018

Cronin Architects were appointed in 2017 for extensive roof refurbishment works to Coláiste Éinde secondary school, Galway which is a very large and dominant school building in Salthill, Galway with a rich history. The buildings and site are a Protected Structure and planning was received following submission of both a conservation report and detailed plans

Coláiste Éinde was initially founded as a preparatory all-irish language school and opened in 1928 on its original site in Furbo, Connemara. The college moved to the building on Threadneedle Road in 1937 following a protracted building phase, and continued mainly as a preparatory college for students, aspiring to become National School Teachers. It was at that time a Boarding College, Irish-speaking and the all-male student population came from far and wide

Among its historical interest, the building had some interesting uses including during the emergency in 1939 where, following the sinking of the Athenia in Galway Bay, Seán T. O’Kelly (acting for the minister for Education) made available the training college for refugees and survivors of the sinking

Works are now expected to commence shortly

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