ONE of Ireland's most famous hurling schools and seminaries is to be transformed into a €50m education campus to tackle social disadvantage.
The ambitious redevelopment blueprint for St Finbarr's-Farranferris College in Cork was unveiled yesterday by the Bishop of Cork, Dr John Buckley.
The plan was drawn up by multi-millionaire developer and St Finbarr's past pupil, Michael O'Flynn, who described the project as one of the most exciting he was ever involved with.
Under his proposal, the 22-acre St Finbarr site will be developed to include:
* A total refurbishment of the main building.
* Construction of six new high-tech office buildings.
* Sell-off of a 13-acre site for the development of 108 private residential units.
The buildings will house services by Cork VEC, FAS, Cope Foundation, Rehab, Cabas and Northside Community Enterprises, UCC and CIT.