Two Significant Events on Founder’s Day at Midleton College, County Cork

Midleton College, a Church of Ireland second level school in Cork, Cloyne and Ross, was founded on 23rd October 1696.  On Founder’s Day this year, 23rd October, two significant events took place in the presence of the Bishop of the Diocese, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, Minister David Stanton, T.D., and a large gathering of invited guests, including past members of staff, students and teachers, and former Principal, Simon Thompson.

The Cairns Playing Field, which was resurfaced in recent months, was re-opened by Mrs Katherine Cairns, wife of the late former Principal, Mr Brian Cairns.  First year students and some of the school’s star hockey players former a guard of honour.

Mrs Katherine Cairns, re-opens the Cairns playing field watched by students, Midleton College Principal, Dr Edward Gash, and Dr Paul Colton. Photo: Erich Stack

The guests then proceeded to the site of the new sports complex which the Board of Governors has decided to name in honour of the memory of, and contribution to the College of, the late Professor Trevor West.  Mrs Maura Lee West was in attendance and she turned the first sod of the project.  Bishop Colton blessed the project and the workers who will build the new Trevor West Sports Complex during the months ahead.  A guard of honour was formed by hockey and rugby players from the school.

Mrs Maura Lee West turns the first sod for the new Trevor West Sports Complex at Midleton College watched by invited guests, and Dr Edward Gash, Principal, and Bishop Paul Colton, Governor. Photo: Erich Stack

Afterwards everyone adjourned to the College Dining Hall for Founder’s Day lunch.

Mrs Maura Lee West (centre) on the site of the new Trevor West Sports Complex with the Bishop, the Principal, representatives of C Field Construction, and Mr Ken McIlreavy, Chairperson, Midleton College Boards. Photo: Erich Stack

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