As Crescent College Comprehensive SJ prepares to celebrate its jubilee, news of a multi-million-euro development project for the school, including a new science wing and complete re-roofing of the building is most welcome, according to school principal, Karin Fleming. The Department of Education is funding the upgrade of the college. Additional funding from the Jesuit Trustees will go toward the development of the new science wing.
For the past number of years, the Board of Management, staff and parents, have been engaged in a process of planning – Phase 1– which is now almost completed.
“It’s an exciting time for the school, and we are really grateful to both the Department of Education and the Jesuits for the funding of this project which will significantly enhance the learning environment for our pupils,” said Crescent College Principal, Karin Fleming. “We’re approaching the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the college and the Jesuits have contributed to it and to education in Limerick for the last 150 years. I want to put on record my thanks to the Jesuit Order and to the Department for their ongoing support. The Crescent College community can look to the future with confidence,” she added.
As part of the school celebrations marking its jubilee, Irish Rugby Coach Mr Joe Schmidt addressed pupils, staff, parents, alumni and supporters of the college, on Wednesday 17 October 2018 in the Central Area of the college at 7pm.
He honoured six past pupils of Crescent College who earned full Irish caps: Peter Clohessy, Kevin Leahy, Nicky Barry, Paul Wallace, David Wallace and Eoin Reddan.
“Parents, staff, pupils past and present and all associated with the Crescent College Comprehensive are so proud of these rugby greats. And to have the legendary Joe Schmidt here in the school to honour them means a lot to us all,” said the Principal, adding, “We are all proud Munster supports in the school, and we know the saying, Irish by birth, Munster by the grace of God! Well the icing on the cake for us is that they are past pupils of the Crescent!”
Women’s hockey is also a big sport in the co-ed school, according to the Principal, who said the Crescent was also rightly proud of former pupil Roisin Upton. She won a silver medal as part of the Irish hockey team who got to the world cup final earlier this year.