Welcome from our Principal
I am delighted to be given this opportunity to tell you about our new college, Coláiste Íde agus Iosef. The name itself reflects the three traditions of secondary education in Abbeyfeale prior to August 2011. A Steering Committee was set up in 2007 to prepare the way for the new College. Chaired by Dr Joe O’Connell, the committee was made up of representatives of the Trustees, the Teachers and the Parents. The committee kept all stakeholders aware of the progress of the project.
The College was built as part of the Public Private Partnership model. Construction began in the summer of 2010 and was completed in August 2011. We are indebted to the professional and efficient approach of the construction company, Sisk. We also owe our thanks to Mr Seán Burke, CEO of County Limerick VEC for his commitment to the project. Coláiste Íde agus Iosef is a Community College under the patronage of the Diocese of Limerick and County Limerick VEC. I was appointed
Principal of the College in March 2011. This gave me an opportunity to work with the staff and students of the three existing schools to ensure an easy transition to the new College. I am grateful for the co-operation that I received from everybody.
Many people were apprehensive about the new school. Change is never easy. However it can be said that since we opened in August 2011 everything has run very smoothly. This is due in no small part to the commitment of the staff and students of the College. Our school welcomes everyone, regardless of ability. Our dedicated staff will strive to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to
achieve their potential.
We all appreciate that we are lucky to have a brand new state of the art school at a time of severe economic difficulty. There will be challenges ahead but I am confident that we can face and overcome
those challenges in a spirit of community and hard work. I look forward to leading a school which I believe will provide a first class education for all the young people of the area.
I am delighted to launch the website of our school. I look forward to it growing and becoming an important part of the school.