The Irish American Partnership

Mayo Schools Presented with US$11,500 by Irish American Partnership

Five County Mayo schools have shared US$11,500 in funding from the Irish American Partnership under its ‘Primary School Library and Science’ Programmes. The funding will be used to purchase books, reading materials and science materials. Of the five schools, three are in Swinford; Killasser National School, Meelick National School and Culmore National School, and two are in Tourmakeady; Tourmakeady National School and Colaiste Mhuire post primary school.

Two men with strong Mayo connections, Jim Durkan a native of Swinford and Patrick Heneghan whose ancestors came from Tourmakeady, were instrumental in the decision of the Irish American Partnership to award funding to the five Mayo schools. Mr Durkan and Mr Heneghan are both based in Chicago and are active members of the Partnership.

Cheques were presented to the principals of the five schools by Patrick Heneghan and Chris Kozicki representing the Irish American Partnership. Speaking at the presentation, John Cribbin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council said: “On behalf of the principals, teachers, parents and pupils of the five schools, I would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Jim Durkan, Patrick Heneghan and Chris Kozicki and the wider Irish American Partnership for their generous donation. It will greatly assist the work of the fortunate five schools“. Peter Hynes, Mayo County Manager welcomed the awards as “a very real demonstration of the linkages which bind the Mayo Diaspora worldwide.”

Joanne Grehan of the Western Development Commission (WDC) said: “The Irish American Partnership is a great friend of County Mayo and of Ireland. Through our work on the WDC is nurturing relationships with the Irish Diaspora with the aim of increasing inward investment into the Western Region. Organisations such as the Irish American Partnership are very important in helping us to engage with the Irish population overseas in innovative ways. The diaspora is an asset to Mayo and the Western Region and we want to strengthen links between highly successful expatriates and the innovative businesses and projects operating in the Western Region.”

Mary Sugrue McAleer, Vice President, Irish American Partnership said: “We are delighted to have raised this money for the Mayo schools and want to extend our sincere appreciation to Jim Durkan and Patrick Heneghan for organising the recent golf tournament in Chicago. With over 10,000 members across the United States, the Irish American Partnership raises funds to support educational opportunities, job creation, and cross-community projects in Ireland, both North and South.”

Members of the Irish American Partnership have been responsible for over $16 million in grants to Irish education to date as part of their ingoing support for Irish schools. The Partnership works closely with the Department of Education and Science to identify appropriate programmes and schools for funding.


For further information please contact:

Joanne Grehan, Western Development Commission, 086 856 5802
Angela Bane, Bane Mullarkey, 087 286 5217 and