TO mark the changes at Rossa College this year, when secondary education at the facility will cease as the Skibbereen Community School opens, a major publication documenting its history will be launched.
Rossa College is part of a proud history of vocational education in the town which officially began in 1901. Over the last 100 years, a large number of photos capturing a range of activities have been gathering in various corners of the respective schools.
‘Rather than let those photos be forgotten and lost to time, we have put them together in a collection which has been interspersed with memories from former staff members,’ explained principal Stephen Gilbert. ‘Photos included are representative of all eras of technical and vocational education in the town.’
The publication – Vocational Education in Skibbereen, A Journey through Time – is now available for €5 from Rossa College, and will be available to buy on the night. Southern Star Creative worked with Stephen Gilbert to lay out and print the commemorative book, and the College would like to thank Connolly’s Spar, Cork Road, Skibbereen, for their generous sponsorship of the publication. ‘We would also like to point out that while second level studies are moving to the new school, adult education is continuing and set to expand at Rossa College,’ said Mr Gilbert.