Kerry campus plan as US university bids for school site

An American university has confirmed plans to develop an international $1m (€729,000) campus in Dingle, Co Kerry.

Kerry campus plan as US university bids for school site

The Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, has put in a bid for the former Christian Brothers’ school in Dingle.

Seán Pól Ó Conchúir, director of SHU Dingle Campus, announced yesterday that the university board had approved the investment.

Speaking on Raidió na Gaeltachta’s An Saol ó Dheas programme, he said: “As well as developing a top class international campus, we would also expect to have the [school] hall available to the public and to have other facilities there available to community groups, some of which are currently using the school.”

He also said that they hoped to secure support from Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Department of the Gaeltacht to help with the cost of refurbishment, stressing the project was dependent on such support.

The Sacred Heart University has a long-established connection with Dingle, and its students have been coming to the area for the past 10 years.

Last year, the university announced a joint oceanography initiative with the local aquarium, Mara Beo — Dingle Oceanworld.

Mr Ó Conchúir said additional students would inject around €500,000 into the local economy. “The new development would mean far more students coming over,” he added.

Mr Ó Conchúir said a response was awaited to the bid that had been placed for the CBS property, formerly a boys’ national school.

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