Conor Curley, son of Irish American Philanthropist Kevin Curley, arrived in Belfast to view the beautiful £200,000 Children’s Playgroup Centre at Cranmore Integrated Primary School in South West Belfast.
Kevin Curley, who lives in Dallas, Texas, has donated £100,000 towards the cost of the new Playgroup Centre through the American Ireland Fund and together with further funding provided by the school and the Integrated Education Fund, the new facility will help offer day-long care to children of all backgrounds and traditions.
Kevin, a successful entrepreneur, has been a long standing supporter of integrated education and Cranmore in particular. Each year he organises a Shamrock Shootout Golf Tournament in Texas to raise funds for Cranmore and has also helped to provide a multi-sensory room for children with special education needs. His relationship with integrated education spans more than 15 years and he has been able to visit the school privately on a number of occasions to see at first-hand how funds raised for Cranmore have been put to good use.
Principal William Doherty said:
“Kevin’s support has made a real difference to the Cranmore Integrated Primary community, by funding the development of the new Playgroup facility and the wider Children’s Centre. This means that parents can access after-school care and also children who need to wait for older siblings to finish school can learn, play or rest in safe, comfortable accommodation.’’
Commenting during his surprise visit, Conor said:
“This is my first visit to Belfast. Previously I have been to Ireland to help with the organisation of the famous Rose of Tralee festival but this is my first time in Northern Ireland.
“Like my whole family, I believe that difference is something good which should be experienced by all – especially young people and especially at school. The Nursery at Cranmore Integrated Primary school is perfectly designed both indoors and outdoors. It will be such a pleasure for me to talk about it to the people who continue to support my Dad’s annual Shamrock Shootout in Dallas over the years.’’
Baroness May Blood, Campaign Chair of the Integrated Education Fund and Brian Small IEF Fundraising Manager received a further cheque of $10,000 from Conor.
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