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Prayer Room for Colaiste Mhichil

In February 2008, Mr. Noel Earlie, principal and Elizabeth Quinn, Deputy-principal along with Eamon O’Connor and myself met with the An Tobar team with a view to making an application to the Brothers for a grant of €15,000 to establish a prayer room within the school.

Colaiste Mhichil was successful in its application and was in fact, the last school in Ireland to benefit from such a grant. Mr. Earlie and the board of management facilitated this venture by designating a classroom for this purpose. On top of the generous grant by the Brothers, Colaiste Mhichil received voluntary contributions to enable this project to start. Work commenced in March, 2009 and was spearheaded by Mr. Eamon O’Connor who along with Pat Carey, Mark Shanahan and other teachers, gave of their free time over the summer to undertake a lot of the construction work.

Mr. Fergus Costello, liturgical design artist was commissioned by the Brothers to work on this project. Using bog oak, red oak, spalted beech and a hand-crafted tabernacle made from chesnut, Mr. Costello achieved wonderful results. The prayer room was officially opened on the 27th of August, by Fr. Noel Kirwan and Fr. Chris O’Donnell of St. Michael’s parish. Colaiste Mhichil considers itself very fortunate to have such a serene place, which is at the heart of the school. The room is open to students and staff alike to facilitate peaceful moments of contemplation.

Elizabeth Hayes.


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