Every second level school in Clare to get high speed broadband in 2012 – Breen

February 20th, 2012 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs Deputy Pat Breen has welcomed the news that all second level schools in Clare will have high speed broadband installed this year. This is part of a national programme to install high speed broadband in every second level school in Ireland by 2014 which has been jointly announced by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Department of Education.

Clare is one of 14 counties in which every school will have high speed broadband installed in 2012 as these counties currently have the lowest average broadband speeds for schools. Under this programme all second-level schools will have 100 Mbps (megabytes per second) broadband installed by the end of 2014 – 200 in 2012, 200 in 2013 and the final 250 schools in 2014.

“I am delighted that Clare has been selected to have the high speed broadband installed in its second level schools this year. We have always been last in the queue when it comes to broadband so I am glad that this Government is doing something to redress the balance.

“The following schools in Clare will have broadband installed this year: (SEE LIST Underneath)

“High speed broadband will help modernise the teaching and learning processes within schools in our county and will open up the schools to the rest of the world. By the end of the year students and teachers will be able to:

 Share and collaborate online within their own school, with other schools and with universities;
 Use video conferencing and Skype or other online communication tools;
 Avail of online learning and teaching spaces such as Virtual Learning Environments (VLE’s) and blogs;
 Explore the use of ICT in the learning and teaching process;
 Avail of digital textbooks as the 100Mbps will facilitate classroom access.

“I firmly believe that this initiative will deliver significant long-term results from both an economic and social perspective.

“The roll out of high speed broadband has already been piloted in a number of schools and the results have been extremely positive. It is clear that the 100Mbps has had a very positive impact on learning and teaching in the schools which have made enormous progress in ICT integration in their classrooms within a very short timeframe. Students and teachers are now able to draw on a huge variety of quality information resources.”

The below are the 200 schools which will be connected to high-speed broadband this year.
Roll No. School name Location Comments
61910K Rice College, New Road Ennis
61930Q Coláiste Mhuire, College Road Ennis
61950W Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon
62000W Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna
62010C St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point Milown Malbay
62020F St. Joseph’s Secondary School Tulla
70830N Ennis Community College Ennis
70840Q Ennistymon Vocational School, Ennistymon Ennis
70860W St Michael’s Community College Kilmihill
70880F St Joseph’s Community College, Carrigholt Rd. Kilkee
70900I Scariff Community College Scariff
70901K St Anne’s Community College Killaloe 91448K Kilrush Community School Kilrush
61940T Meánscoil Na mBráithre Ennistymon