Griffith College Limerick moves to former H.S.I. building

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Griffith College's new home
THE building which housed the HSI business school is back in use after Griffith College purchased the complex.

THE building which housed the HSI business school is back in use after Griffith College purchased the complex.

The next intake of students at Griffith College will study in the building at the Crescent from next month, in a move which sees the building occupied after a gap of two years.

The highly-rated business college went into liquidation in September 2011 with the loss of 35 jobs, after 60 years serving Limerick.

Now, Griffith College is moving into the building in a move which will see ten jobs created, and student numbers rise by a third.

Confirming the move, Griffith College’s head of campus Kevin O’Sullivan said: “We need more space really. We have outgrown the building in Upper William Street. We have quite a number of students, both Irish and international, and we need more space and improved facilities for them.”

At present, Griffith College caters for around 1,000 students.

But this move will mean a 33% rise in students enrolling, and a resulting 10 new teaching staff.

It will not be until December when Griffith College fully moves out of the William Street centre it has occupied since 2008.

The teaching college - which offers accountancy, law, IT and engineering courses among other things - opened in Limerick in 2006 after acquiring the Mid-West Business Institute.

Its formative years were spent in the Old Town Hall building in Rutland Street, which was earmarked for the Opera Centre development.

The move to the HSI building will see students enjoy a bigger library and bigger classrooms. And in a nod to the founder of HSI, Mr O’Sullivan confirmed Griffith College will keep the name of its founder Nora McNamara, on the building.

We will have improved student facilities: a bigger library and bigger classrooms.

“There is a great tradition of education there. It is good to see it [the building] back in action from that point of view,” he added.