Tánaiste Opens Modular Accommodation at Mullingar Community College

In a significant stride towards enhancing educational infrastructure, Tánaiste Micheál Martin officially opened the new modular accommodation today at Mullingar Community College (MCC), which operates under Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB).  The new 845 sqm, two-floor classroom block offers additional space, with two Special Educational Needs (SEN) classrooms, a central activities area, and ancillary rooms on the ground floor, and four general classrooms on the first floor. This innovative facility has revolutionised the learning environment for the staff and students of Mullingar Community College.

The ceremony, attended by local dignitaries, educators, parents, and students, marks a momentous occasion for the Mullingar community. The Tánaiste, in his address, emphasised the government’s commitment to providing high-quality education and modern facilities to all students, particularly those with special educational needs.

Tánaiste Micheál Martin said “I’m delighted to officially open this new modular accommodation at Mullingar Community College today. This state-of-the-art facility, with specialised SEN classrooms and versatile learning spaces, represents our unwavering commitment to providing high-quality education and modern facilities for all students. This new block will greatly enhance the learning environment for both staff and students, especially those with special educational needs. It stands as a testament to our dedication to fostering inclusive and supportive educational communities.”

The modular accommodation includes sensory rooms and spaces tailored to various special educational needs, with a design focused on flexibility and inclusivity, allowing the school to adapt to different teaching methods and activities.

LWETB Chief Executive, Ms. Liz Lavery said “LWETB is delighted to welcome Tánaiste Micheal Martin to celebrate the opening of this wonderful new dynamic learning space in Mullingar Community College.  This is a significant day for the entire school and local community and we extend our appreciation to the Dept of Education for their support on this project.”

Principal Seamus Mohan expressed his excitement about the new facilities. “The modular unit is more than just classrooms; it is a dynamic learning environment that will significantly enhance the educational experiences of our students. The addition of sensory rooms and specialised resources will make a substantial difference in catering to the diverse needs of our student body.”

Parents and students also shared their enthusiasm. “This is a game-changer for our children. The new facilities mean that my child, who has specific learning needs, will have a more tailored and supportive educational experience,” said a parent of one of the students.

As the ribbon was cut and the doors to the new classrooms opened, there was a clear sense of optimism and excitement. The new modular accommodation at Mullingar Community College symbolises their commitment to their core values of inclusivity, holistic development, and educational excellence.

In addition to the newly opened modular accommodation, Mullingar Community College is also embarking on a permanent extension project, which is currently underway. This aims to further enhance the school’s infrastructure by providing additional rooms such as Technology rooms, Art rooms, Music rooms and general classrooms. The new facilities are designed to support an enriching learning and teaching environment, ensuring that staff and students have access to state-of-the-art resources and spaces. The permanent extension project underscores LWETB’s ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive and dynamic environment that meets the evolving needs of the local community.