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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.

Eventually, a general meeting of primary and second-level teachers was organised in May 1985, and a Committee was formed to further the project.

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.

On Tuesday 26th April 2005, the Mayo Education Centre was officially opened by President Mary McAleese.

Building of the centre begins
President Mary McAleese opens the centre
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