The summer of 2019 saw the completion of a three-year refurbishment programme of the dormitories in the 1929 Building. Largely untouched since the Building became operational in 1932, the dormitories were in need of a significant overhaul. The works started with the replacement of the windows in an environmentally supportive way and then moved on to the renovation of the living space in three phases in a manner that was sympathetic to the boarding character of original Building.
In May The Bellarmine Centre is opened as a learning centre for the Third Line boys. Named after Robert Bellarmine SJ, a Jesuit Saint and a Doctor of the Church, the centre offers space that is flexible so as to accommodate the different learning styles of students. It is located on the site of the former Third Line Study but in contrast to it, the new centre is bright, warm and comfortable. It reflects the best in modern learning practice and will transform the learning experience of future generations of boys in Elements and Rudiments, much in the way the James Joyce Library has done for the wider school body.
Final preparations are made ahead of the proposed launch of the Alberto Hurtado Bursary Endowment Fund (AHEF), in late January 2020.The AHEF is a permanent fund managed by outside advisors with the ultimate objective of fully funding our Bursary programme. The AHEF already has over €5m in donations and pledges. A number of legacies will make a further meaningful contribution towards the target but a shortfall of some €10m remains and the Foundation is committed to raising this sum.
See Foundation Anniversary Brochure