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September opening for LIT campus in Ennis

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*Pictured at the contract signing for the refurbishment works for the new Third Level Campus at Bindon Street: Cllr. Cathal Crowe, Mayor of Clare, Cllr. Johnny Flynn, Mayor of Ennis, Aldo Andreucetti, Clerk of Works, General Design, Clare County Council; Carmel Greene, Head of Property Management, Clare County Council; Liam Conneally. Director of Economic Development, Clare County Council; David McInerney, Jada Projects Ltd., Brian Clohessy, Site Manager, Jada; Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council. Photograph by Eamon Ward

September has been earmarked as the opening for a third level campus located in Ennis, construction of which began at the beginning of July.

Clare County Council has signed a contract with Jada Projects Ltd. for the development which involves the refurbishment of an existing building at Bindon Street. The Campus, when completed will become the new home of LIT in Ennis, in the town’s historic core, and will enable a substantial increase in Higher Education activity in Ennis.

It also will provide an expanded level of daytime undergraduate education through the CAO, as well as opening up the possibility of new evening courses and professional education. The LIT-Ennis Campus is scheduled to open in September 2019.

“I look forward this new third level educational campus having a significant, positive economic impact for Ennis, contributing to greater foot fall in the town centre and regeneration of a building that has been vacant for over 10 years,” Mayor of Clare, Cllr Cathal Crowe commented.

Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council stated, “The partnership between Clare County Council and LIT is being strengthened to deliver this ambitious project for Ennis and will promote the advancement of educational opportunities for people in Clare and the Region.”

Liam Conneally, Director of Economic Development, Clare County Council said, “This new Campus will complement our objective of increasing third level educational activities in the County, which will sustain population growth and new employment opportunities. The new facility will also increase the scope for further adult education evening training courses and professional development opportunities. We anticipate that building works will be substantially completed during summer 2019 with the opening taking place in September 2019”.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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