Carl Frampton MBE, World Champion Boxer carries out Official Opening at Erne Integrated College, Enniskillen

Carl Frampton, World Champion Boxer opens new Sporting and Study Facility at Erne Integrated College, Enniskillen

Carl “The Jackal” Frampton MBE, World Champion Boxer and NICIE patron surprised guests and students at Erne Integrated College, Enniskillen today, when he officially opened the Tom Noble Building which houses the new health and fitness suite as well as excellent sporting and study facilities at the school.

Carl, who famously became a three-time world champion over two weight divisions, is a huge supporter of Integrated Education, particularly in his role as an active patron of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE).

Erne Integrated College has been opened since 1994 and in September will celebrate its silver jubilee.  In its short history, the college has made an indelible impact on the local community and has become an inextricable part of the fabric of Fermanagh and its wider environs.  The story of the College is intricately weaved through the story of the troubles in Fermanagh.  The impetus for Integrated Education in Enniskillen came about through the tragic death of local teenager Paul Maxwell on Lord Mountbatten’s boat in 1979 and the Enniskillen bombing atrocity in 1987.

Despite the dark beginnings of the College, the college opened its doors on the day of the IRA ceasefire and the opening was a symbolic beacon of hope for Northern Ireland and other troubled societies throughout the world.  This new addition to the facilities on offer at the school was dedicated to the school’s first Principal, Mr Tom Noble, who sadly passed away last week. It’s a wonderful tribute to a very great man and all in the school community felt very honoured to have Carl Frampton MBE carrying out the official opening.

As an integrated college, students enjoy participation in all of the major sporting disciplines including soccer, rugby, netball, boxing, golf, hurling, swimming and rowing.

Paying tribute to the work of all of those involved in Integrated Education, Carl said, “I am delighted to offer my support for Integrated Education and it’s particularly nice to be working with the schools and meeting the young people.  I like to do whatever I can to support NICIE in the vital work they do with parents, schools and young people to help bring more people together in Northern Ireland and make it a better place for all of us. I have really enjoyed meeting everyone in Erne Integrated College today. I have been completely overwhelmed by the welcome and wonderful reception I received here.”

Jimmy Jackson-Ware, Principal of Erne Integrated College said it was a great honour to have Carl Frampton visit our school and officially open our new Tom Noble Building.  The entire college community was very excited to meet such a great ambassador for N. Ireland and integrated education.