The Minister met with senior Mary Immaculate College management, members of Tipperary ETB, and Deputy Jackie Cahill to discuss the progress being made in the delivery of a Home Economics teacher training
course for the college.
Deputy Cahill has been working with the Head of Campus in Thurles, Dr Finn Ó Mhurchú, the
President of Mary Immaculate College, Prof Eugene Wall and colleagues in Government for a
number of years to progress the delivery of this course for the region.
Speaking, following this positive and engaging meeting, Deputy Cahill said: “I'm delighted that
Minister Niall Collins accepted my invitation to visit the Mary Immaculate campus in St Patrick's
College here in Thurles.
“During this promising meeting, the Minister heard from Dr Finn Ó Mhurchú about their detailed
plans to commence a Home Economics course here in September 2023. We've been working on this
for a number of years, and I’m delighted to see that the plans look like they're finally coming to
Minister Niall Collins said: “I want to thank my colleague Jackie Cahill for inviting me here to St
Patrick's in Thurles today. We've had a really informative and engaging meeting with the
management here, and some of the development plans and ambitions they've laid out are really,
The Minister concluded, saying: “They have the support of Jackie and of all our colleagues. I'm
committed to helping Jackie and helping St Patrick's here in Thurles to realise its full potential.”
Deputy Cahill finished up by saying: “Education in Thurles is booming. We've the two university
campuses here now in the town. And the Home Economics course, when it starts in September
2023, will be a huge addition to the already growing academic reputation of Thurles.”