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Mary Hanafin – Sr. Fideles Sports Hall Officially Opens in Thurles

presentation-crestFriday last, the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles, Co Tipperary, saw the official opening of their new and most magnificent Sr.Fideles Sports Hall, by past pupil and Irish Government  Minister Mary Hanafin, Minister for Social and Family Affairs.
It was a particularly proud day for Board of Management Chairperson Sr.Fideles Purcell who had helped to spearhead the project and to whom the facility was dedicated.

This €3 million  complex boasts an international size basketball arena, dance studio, gymnasium, meeting rooms, changing and shower facilities, reception area and stores and is expected to be a huge addition to the School.

The site for this building had been donated by the Presentation Order who also donated €1.5 million to the overall cost of this project.  Students, both present and future will now enjoy a state-of-the-art facilities in all their future attempts to achieve both academic and sporting excellence.

Guest speaker Mr Aidan O’Brien and his wife Anne-Marie received a Guard of Honour, alongside Minister Hanafin on their arrival at the school.

Prior to Minister Hanafin cutting the ribbon, the projects Chairman Mr Antoin O’Brian, welcomed all in attendance. Mr O’Brian told the gathering that the project was now completely debt free and enormous gratitude was owed by the school to all who contributed towards its construction in any way. He also thanked the hard working committee, who had laboured so hard to further the project and looked forward to it bearing fruit in the years to come.
The many distinguished guests were welcomed by Sr.Fideles, Chairperson of the Board of Management, while a well rehearsed school choir and orchestra provided the entertainment for this event.

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