IT Sligo’s new €17 million MacMunn Science Building has been officially opened by An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, T.D.
The new facility will be known as the MacMunn Building, named after Charles Alexander MacMunn (1852-1911). He was a scientist, born in Easky, County Sligo. His discovery of respiratory pigments throughout plant and animal tissues (The Cytochrome System) remains a cornerstone of medical science today.
Several living relatives of Charles MacMunn attending Tuesday’s opening ceremony.
The new state-of-the-art facility completes a €35 million redevelopment of the Institute’s campus over the last five years.
This was the final public engagement for IT Sligo’s outgoing President, Professor Terri Scott. In her closing remarks, Professor Scott said: “I hope that the building the Taoiseach has opened will be a solid foundation upon which my successor can lead our staff and students on to the next stage in our development.”
She added: “It is my fervent hope that the medium term future will see the establishment of a technological university to serve this region in which IT Sligo will play a leading role together with our partners in the Connacht Ulster Alliance.”
The new President of IT Sligo, Professor Vincent Cunnane, also attended Tuesday’s official opening.
He takes up his new post on October 1st.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D. pays tribute to Charles Alexander MacMunn at Tuesday’s Official Opening of the MacMunn Science Building at IT Sligo.