Dingle to see in­flux of students as work starts on CBS site

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

DINGLE is set to ex­pe­ri­ence the con­tin­u­ing im­pact of the de­vel­op­ment of the Sa­cred Heart Uni­ver­sity cam­pus in the town with be­tween 350 and 400 students due to at­tend cour­ses in Dingle in 2019.

The Con­necti­cut uni­ver­sity was granted plan­ning per­mis­sion at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber for a ma­jor rede­vel­op­ment of the for­mer CBS sec­ondary school site in Dingle, sub­ject to con­ser­va­tion con­di­tions. In the ab­sence of any ap­peals to an Bord Pleanala, SHU can now pro­ceed with its plans to de­velop a large ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­ity in the for­mer school, which dates back to 1873.

Mean­while, SHU is con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide cour­ses for students in Dingle us­ing local fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing rooms at An Diseart. The uni­ver­sity pro­vides a com­bi­na­tion of two-week pro­grammes and 14-week semesters in sub­jects in­clud­ing Nurs­ing, Tourism and Mar­ket­ing, Ex­er­cise Science, Marine Stud­ies, and Lib­eral Arts. SHU students at­tend­ing these cour­ses earn cred­its to­wards their un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies.

A group of 54 SHU students ar­rived in Dingle just be­fore the New Year for a fort­night of tu­ition. On their de­par­ture a new group of 37 students will start a 14-week term of study. This group in­clude 23 students of Nurs­ing whose course is pro­vided as a joint ven­ture be­tween SHU and the Bons Se­cours Hos­pi­tal in Tralee. A nurs­ing tu­tor from Kil­lar­ney who holds both Amer­i­can and Ir­ish qual­i­fi­ca­tions, has been re­cruited by SHU to com­ply with the re­quire­ments for gain­ing cred­its in the US ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

An­other group of students will ar­rive for short cour­ses in May as well as through the sum­mer and into the au­tumn. The ex­pan­sion of SHU’s ac­tiv­i­ties in Dingle in­cludes the es­tab­lish­ment of the John Mo­ri­arty In­sti­tute - an or­gan­i­sa­tion with char­i­ta­ble sta­tus which will pro­mote the work and teach­ings of the North Kerry philoso­pher. Bernie Phaid Ní Mhuirc­heartaigh from Baile ‘n Lochaigh, a re­la­tion of John Mo­ri­arty has joined the SHU Dingle cam­pus staff as an ad­junct in­struc­tor in mu­sic

Bernie is one of seven peo­ple em­ployed lo­cally to pro­vide tu­ition and ex­per­tise to the project and over 40 peo­ple in to­tal are in­volved in pro­vid­ing cour­ses in Dingle. The ac­cred­ited cour­ses pro­vided will be avail­able to students reg­is­tered with SHU in Amer­ica.

Mean­while, ini­tial con­struc­tion work has al­ready started at the for­mer CBS build­ing and in the old CBS wood­work room on the Mall. Ac­cord­ing to Prof. John Roney, Co-Chair of SHU in Dingle, the build­ing on the Mall will be ready for use within months and it is hoped con­struc­tion work on the for­mer CBS sec­ondary school site should be com­pleted within two years.

Out­side of the uni­ver­sity’s teach­ing pro­gramme, Prof Roney is plan­ning to con­tinue on the suc­cess of the ‘Sea, Land and Spirit’ con­fer­ence that was held in the Skel­lig Ho­tel last year. In tan­dem with that project Prof Roney had a re­search pa­per en­ti­tled [Mis]manag­ing Fish­eries on the West Coast of Ire­land in the Nine­teenth Cen­tury pub­lished this week in the Hu­man­i­ties On­line Aca­demic Jour­nal.

Caoimhe Ní Shíthigh and her aunt, Eibh­lís Ní Lúing, pick­ing strands of ny­lon rope from Ven­try beach.

Sis­ters Laoise and Aish­ling Ní Mhoráin help­ing to clean Ven­try strand.

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