New St Mary's College site officially opens

Three generations of a Londonderry family have helped to open the new St Mary's College on Northland Road.

Grandmother Connie Hegarty was among the first pupils to attend the original St Mary's when it first opened on Fanad Drive in the Creggan in 1959.

Her daughter Danielle also attended the school and her granddaughter Hannah has started year 8 at the new site.

On Monday, diggers moved in on the college's original location in to begin demolishing the 50-year-old complex.

Built in the heart of the Creggan, the school survived the troubles to become one of the most successful secondary schools in Northern Ireland, with both school and pupils winning many awards for excellence.

The new building was constructed on the grounds of the former Templemore secondary school.

Although the school actually moved into the Northland Road premises on 2 September 2010, Thursday marks its official opening.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Education Minister Catriona Ruane also attended the opening ceremony on Thursday.

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