Donegal secondary school to benefit from double funding announcement

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Funding boost - Raphoe Royal and Prior

A Donegal secondary school is to benefit from two separate funding announcements for major building projects which will include the development of three new science labs and the upgrading of the sports hall.

The Royal & Prior Community and Comprehensive in Raphoe has been approved funding from the Department of Education and Skills. And in a separate round of funding, an allocation has been approved from the Department of Foreign Affairs as part of a border communities project.

The announcement was made by Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh.

“Royal & Prior is to benefit from two projects, separately funded, which will make a real difference to the school,” Minister McHugh said. 

“The Department of Education and Skills has approved funding to convert part of the school into three science labs and a prep area, one art room and one construction studies room. 

“Separately, the school has been included in a border communities project funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs, and supported by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney. 

“The school will see upgrade work to the sports hall where former Olympian Chloe Magee learned her renowned skills on the badminton court and which has left school staff and students facing serious health and safety concerns.” 

The project is being funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs as part of wider investment in sports facilities in border communities.


Minister McHugh said: “I would like to commend both An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney for their initiative in this area. 

“The investment will ensure that Royal & Prior has a deeper place in the local community, across Donegal and on both sides of the border as it becomes an even more important location for sport as evidenced in the successful bid for €112,500 Sports Capital funding to develop the Raphoe Hockey pitch.”


The Department of Education and Skills’ Building Unit will support the border school project by assisting with expertise required for the planning.

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