Local firms to the fore as St Kieran’s Kilkenny begin new buildings

Brian Keyes

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Brian Keyes

Local firms to the fore as St Kieran’s Kilkenny begin new buildings

Paul Nolan; Mr John Hayes; Mr Michael O’Doherty; Mr Gerry Egan, and seated Mr Adrian Finan Principal, Rev Dr Dermot Ryan, President St Kieran’s College; Mr Noel Merrick, JMB

St Kieran’s College has begun the year by appointing their design team for the new development at the Kilkenny Secondary School.
The appointment of the Design Team marks a very significant phase in the delivery of the new buildings and the refurbishment of the existing structures.
After many years of planning with the Department of Education, the appointment of the design team begins to make real the project as plans can now be drawn up outlining the additions to one of the oldest secondary schools in the country.
It is good news for the City, too, in that, of the five contracts signed in assembling the team, three of them went to Kilkenny firms, underlining the ability and depth of expertise of local firms competing for this major project. The firms involved are, from Kilkenny - Nolan Construction Consultants and Hayes Higgins Partnership and from Dublin - Delap and Waller and Moloney O’Beirne Architects with the latter heading the team. Pictured also is Noel Merrick, from the JMB, who will assist the Board of Management of St Kieran’s to whom delivery of the project has been devolved.
Welcoming the news Rev Dr Dermot Ryan, President of the College, noted that this was “a very significant and exciting development in what has been a lengthy process. It gives this generation an opportunity to leave its mark on an already iconic set of buildings gifted to us by generations before. It is exciting, in that, it allows us to shape the school buildings and campus to continue to offer the very best education possible to our students who in time will be the ones making their mark on the world around them”.
Adrian Finan, Principal of St Kieran’s College, welcomed the appointment saying “much work has been undertaken to bring us to this exciting point and we look forward not only to the process ahead and working with our design team but also to the many new possibilities that that it brings to our school community”.
Leadership in Sport, Lessons for Business
Also, the College continues to host its now annual event at the end of the month in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin.
The corporate networking afternoon “Leadership in Sport, Lessons for Business” will see Newstalk’s Pat Kenny interview Hugo MacNeill, former Irish and Lions Rugby player and now Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, Group Chief Executive of FBD Holdings Fiona Muldoon, and Kilkenny’s own Brian Cody.
Tommy Walsh will also host a panel discussion with a selection of former players in front of over 400 of Ireland’s leading corporates. Check out lessonsforleaders.ie