Thursday, 26 April 2007

School to house €50m social plan campus

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.

Irish Independent

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