The idea of establishing a local education centre was first mooted at a meeting of the Castlebar I.N.T.O. Branch in October 1982, and kept alive in general terms for some time thereafter.
A meeting with Department of Education officials was arranged to discuss the venture. Contact was maintained thereafter, but it took until early 1991 for a letter from the Department to arrive with the welcome news that finally a Teacher's Centre could be established in Castlebar.
A temporary premises was obtained in the De La Salle Sports Hall, and on the 17th October 1991 the first AGM of the Teacher's Centre was held.
Jim McGovern was elected Chairperson and Mairéad Ryan appointed as Director. Mairéad was succeeded by Antoinette Casey in 1994.
At the AGM on 20th March 1997 two important events occurred. Firstly, it was decided under the new constitution that the Centre would be known as Mayo Education Centre. Secondly, it was announced that approval had been given by the Minister for Education for the appointment of a full time Director.
On September 1st, 1997 Denis O'Boyle took up his new post as Director of Mayo Education Centre.
In October 1997, Patricia Grealis was appointed as full time secretary.
In 1999, Art Ó Súilleabháin was appointed as the Mayo Education Centre's ICT Advisor.
In the summer of 1997, it was decided to move the Centre to the Parish Centre in Chapel Street. Meanwhile a permanent centre was being sought, and in 1998 it was decided to commence with the building of of a new Education Centre on a site leased by GMIT from the Western Health Board.
Michael McKenzie - Director
Patricia Carney - Centre Administrator
Anne Patten - Accounts Administrator
Sarah McDonagh - PDST TiE Administrator & Centre Admin
Deirdre Kellett - Clerical Officer
Liam Coll - Part-Time Clerical Officer
Majella Fitzmaurice - Active School Flag Administrator
Kathy Campbell - PDST Primary Health & Well Being Administrator
Mary Kerrigan - House Keeper
Kevin Kerrigan - Caretaker
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