New West building opened in St Patrick’s College

Students gain access to St. Patrick’s new west building as part of a €50 million development to the college.

The building was officially opened on the 12th September by the President of the college, Daire Keogh, and consists of a new, modern, 500-seat lecture hall, two 300-seat halls, and ten new seminar rooms, all equipped with state of the art technology and interactive televisions – as well as a new lounge area with couches and tables where students can relax in between classes.

“The new learning spaces provide a greatly improved atmosphere, enabling better interaction between students and lecturer, all of the new lecture halls are state of the art and a vast improvement for everybody” Clíodhna Daly, Student Union President in St. Pat’s said.

The West building is just one of a number of facilities which will soon be available to students at St Patrick’s College. Work is still being carried out on a new five storey library, which will see the introduction of group study areas, self-checkout kiosks, and a coffee bar to the library’s facilities. The Trealamhlann, which offers teaching resources to students on school placement, will introduce loaning facilities for the first time.

Furthermore, a new and improved fitness suite is set to open on the 22nd of October, an upgrade to the current facilities, which will be free to all St. Pat’s students. Students will benefit greatly from the improved campus and access to the new facilities.

“Upgrading the gymnasium will provide more opportunities for students to get active, and ensures the college can continue to offer a vast range of sports and fitness classes for all” she said.

Much of the old building has also been refurbished, including the Student’s Union base, which has been completely demolished and restructured as part of the development.

Eoghan O’Connor

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