Darragh MacAnthony is giving iPads to the first school in Ireland to replace textbooks with iPads
Source: Mayo Today
The Chairman of Peterborough United Football Club in England is to sponsor iPads for seven St Colman’s, Claremorris, secondary school students this September. Darragh MacAnthony, a native of Dublin, and a highly regarded entrepreneur and philanthropist, says he decided on the initiative after reading in MayoToday.ie how St Colman’s is to replace school books with iPads for first years next month.
St Colman’s College has described Mr MacAnthony’s sponsorship as “a generous and philanthropic decision and a gresture that is indeed praiseworthy”.
Mr MacAnthony has been liaising with the school’s principal, Jimmy Finn, since reading the original St Colman’s iPad story in MayoToday.ie.
He said that he was so excited to read about such an historic step being taken in his home country that he decided to offer the 7 free iPads to the 62 first year students.
Mr MacAnthony told MayoToday.ie: “The initiative supported by St Colman’s College is tremendous. I am thrilled for the students, parents and teachers who are part of this historic step forward and their courage deserves to be commended.
“Initiatives like this encourage a greener Ireland and ensure that we continue to be a worldwide leader in progressive education,” added Mr MacAnthony.
The entrepreneur has just launched a project Darragh MacAnthony School Tools which offers free educational resources to people worldwide. He himself makes the selections.
You can read about the Darragh MacAnthony School Tools here where St Colman’s students are invited to apply for one of the free iPads.
Please note that the closing date for applications is August 17th.
Mr MacAnthony took over as chairman at Peterborough at the age of 30, making him the youngest chairman in the Football League.