Athlone Community College
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|Athlone Community College
Coláiste Pobail Átha Luain
|Retreat Road, Athlone
|Motto||Even while we teach, we learn.|
|Number of students||ca. 930|
|Colour(s)||Blue and Yellow|
Athlone Community College is a mixed gender school in the town of Athlone in the Irish Midlands. Athlone Community College consists of a student body of 900 students and employs more than 70 teachers.
Prior to the development of the present co-educational system, the Sisters of Mercy opened the school for girls in 1893, leading to the expansion and introduction of Technical education. Even in those days, fund-raising was necessary and the Sisters organized several concerts to clear an IR£1,500.00 debt. The world acclaimed tenor, John McCormack, was a frequent star performer and helped alleviate some of the Sisters financial difficulties.
In 1902, a Technical School for boys was opened by the Secretary of the Department of Education and Technical Instruction. In 1906, the committee set up the Athlone Woodworking and Industries Society offering their premises and equipment in Gleeson Street to the Society. In 1930, the technical scheme that had up to this been administered as a local scheme, now joined the wider county scheme. New premises were acquired in St. Mary's Place. Classes commenced and as numbers increased further extensions to the building were required.
Eventually greater accommodation was necessary and in 1974 the work and students of the Old Vocational School transferred to a new building at Retreat Road where the present Community College stands.
In 2006, the Department of Education & Science have given approval for the building of a brand new state of the art school in place of the existing building. Planning is still undergoing as a result of mismanagement by the Irish Government and the Late-2000s Recession.
The Athlone Community college has had many achievements in sports, debating, science and literature since its opening. The school enters the Concern Debating Competition and the Mental Health Public Speaking Competition every year. Athlone Community College has won the Concern Debating competition three times and it was the outright winner of the Mental Health Public Speaking Competition in 2010. In addition the school enter teams into the Gael Linn Irish debating competition every year. It has been runner up in the All-Ireland on several occasions.
Gaelic Football has a very strong tradition in Athlone Community College with the unique feat of being the sole community college to have won a Leinster 'A' Senior Colleges title in 2008.
In Soccer the College has won; U14 Leinster & All-Irenland Champions 2005, U16 Leinster & All-Ireland Champions 2006, U18 Leinster Champions League Finallists 2007, U16 Leinster Champions League Finallists 2008, Leinster Senior Cup Finallists 2010,
Development has started on a new school for the community college. This will be three stories high and will make it the largest school in Ireland, fit for over 1000 students. Development of the new school has begun on November 2012. Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn welcomed the start of construction.