College Profile

New School for 2016

Principal's Address


College Profile

Founded in 1861, St. Mary’s College is a Catholic co-educational secondary school located on an 11-acre site in the heart of Dundalk. Under the trusteeship of the Marist Fathers and guided by Mary’s vision of service, our college caters for the educational welfare of over 650 students.


Construction has begun on a new school building for the Marist. The new school will have state of the art facilities with 50 classrooms, including 29 specialist classrooms for subjects including technology, construction studies, art, home economics and design and communication graphics, while there will also be guidance and learning support suites. There will also be a library, purpose-built science laboratories, a music/drama room with staging area, over 20 general classrooms, computer suites and a physical education hall with changing and fitness suites. The plans also include a general purpose hall, catering and top of the range sporting facilities. It is being built on the grounds of the existing school.

Building has commenced on a new school for St. Mary's College. The new school building is due to open in September 2016, in what is an exciting time for all those connected to the school.


Pictured at the launch of the construction of the new school are students Shane Cheshire and Grace Donnelly with Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin, alongside representatives from the contractors BAM. Also included is an artist's impression of the new school building. See more here

Pictured at the launch of the construction of the new school.

An artist's impression of the new school building.

Principal's Address

Go raibh maith agat as ucht do chuid spéise i gColáiste Mhuire. Tá súil agam go dtabharfaidh an suíomh seo léargas duit de scoil s’againn agus cad atá le hofráil againn.


Thank you for your interest in St. Mary's College. I hope this website will give you an insight in to our school and what we have to offer. As a Catholic school under the Trusteeship of the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers), we seek to provide for the holistic development and welfare of each of the students in our care through academic, pastoral and spiritual undertakings.

Mr Con McGinley


St. Mary's College has been working hard on developing policies for all areas of school life. As these policies are approved by the Board of Management, they will be placed online and will be available for download.


You can view our policies opposite by clicking on them.


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    The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland has been invited by the Irish Region of the Marist Fathers to audit our child safeguarding practices and procedures.  See More here

  • Latest News

    Dé Domhnaigh 1ú – Dé Máirt 17ú Márta:

    Seachtain na Gaeilge


    Wednesday 11th March: 

    2nd Year Parent Teacher Meeting 



    Dé Máirt 17ú Márta / Tuesday 17th March: Lá Fhéile Pádraig / St. Patrick's Day (Coláiste Druidte / College Closed)

    Thursday 19th March:

    TY and 5th Year Parent Teacher Meeting (4.15-6.45)

  • Mission Statement

    "St Mary's College is a Catholic secondary school under the patronage of the Marist Fathers.  The primary aim of the school, through its spiritual and humanistic endeavours, is to promote and develop a sense of community where those entrusted to its care can be brought to the fullness of their human potential in accordance with the teachings of the Gospel.


    The school through its academic and pastoral programmes strives to provide for the physical, mental, moral, spiritual, social and cultural well-being of each of the students in its care."


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Marist visit Berlin for the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Wall


24 senior students from the Marist along with three of their teachers recently went on a very historic trip to Berlin. The group were there for the magnificent celebrations which took place for the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.


The group, under the excellent guidance of Mr. Flynn, Ms. Kirk and Ms. Doran, visited many famous sights such as the Brandenburg Gate and the East Side Gallery. They also had tours of the Jewish Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie, where they learned about the fate of many families at the time of World War II as well as many of the escape attempts from the old East Germany, after the construction of the Wall. The students also benefited from an extensive special tour of the Reichstag, the German Parliament.


The highlight of the tour was the 25th anniversary celebrations. There were over 1 million people in the city for the event. Along the former course of the Berlin Wall a new temporary Berlin Wall was built with thousands of illuminated balloons. The Marist group first visited Bernauer Straße where there is a section of the Wall reconstructed, which includes a watchtower, barbed wire and trenches.

They then gathered at the famous Potsdamer Platz, now a bustling tourist and shopping paradise, but during the time of the Wall it was a derelict no-man’s land. To the strains of Beethoven's Ninth, the white balloons were released into the skies at night to commemorate the peaceful revolution of 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. The atmosphere was electric with lots of cheers and shouts of joy from the crowds. There were then fireworks and a concert by well-known artists at the Brandenburg Gate.


On their final day, the students visited a German school and attended classes. They were delighted to meet other students of their own age and also to practice their German. The group also had lots of fun each evening going bowling, as well as visiting the Winter Wonderland in the city, with its snow slides, ice rink and Christmas markets. See photos here

Skating Champion Jenna Downing launches Sky Living for Sports initiative in school


There was great excitement in St Mary's College when the world's top female inline skating champion, Jenna Downing, visited.


Jenna met first year students and the 16 students who were randomly selected to participate in the 'Sky Living for Sports' programme.


Jenna is an Athlete Mentor for Sky Sports Living for Sports, a secondary schools initiative that uses sport stars and sport skills to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills.


Throughout the programme students will engage in a number of activities developing a range of skills that can be applied to their personal and school life.


Jenna highlighted the importance of sport to the Marist students 'Sport has impacted on my life massively and I know that without sport I wouldn't be the person that I am today,' she said.


'I've been lucky enough to make amazing friends and receive some fantastic opportunities. Sport has given me the motivation, drive and courage to push myself and be the best person that I can be.'


A natural competitor, Jenna has competed in rollerblading events since she was eight years of age and has amassed a lifetime of awards competing across the globe in televised and major international events.


After turning pro at the age 12, Jenna has gone on to become an institution in British rollerblading, along with her international and world success she has been ten times British Champion. Her visit was inspirational and memorable for the students.

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