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Jackie K letters row college sold

Published 18/06/2015

Jacqueline Kennedy
Jacqueline Kennedy

A college which hit the headlines in a row over the sale of secret letters penned by Jacqueline Kennedy has been sold.

All Hallows in Dublin was on the market for about 14 million euro (£10m) and a deal has been secured with Dublin City University a year after writings by the wife of US president John F Kennedy were pulled from auction.

It has been a college since 1842 but in recent years suffered financial difficulties.

The 6.74 hectare site in north Dublin will be known as DCU All Hallows Campus and will secure the site for future education and allow current students to complete their studies.

Dr Patrick McDevitt, president of All Hallows College, said: " Whilst it is sad that a Catholic, Vincentian institution with such a rich history must wind down, there is much to be proud of and to celebrate in the many years of service for this beautiful and historical college."

Professor Brian MacCraith, president of DCU, said the deal was a unique opportunity to preserve All Hallows.

"It will provide the university with additional space and facilities to allow DCU to respond to the growing demand for its programmes," he said.

All Hallows will now be part of the new university across north Dublin which also incorporates teacher training at St Patrick's College Drumcondra, the Mater Dei Institute of Education and the Church of Ireland College of Education.

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