College Profile

New School for 2016

Principal's Address

Policies & Forms

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.

A visualisation the new school building.

The dream of a new Marist College is becoming a reality with building work nearing completion. The 'state of the art' school will incorporate the latest educational technologies, classrooms and specialist rooms including indoor and outdoor amenities and will be a fantastic facility for the students of the school and indeed, for the town of Dundalk when construction is completed in April 2016.


It is such an exciting time for the staff, students and parents of St. Mary’s College, as the new build will allow us to broaden our curriculum and introduce new subjects and initiatives. The first intake of new pupils will be the current sixth class students in primary school. See more details here and see updates on the building progress here

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.

A visualisation 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

Policies and Forms

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.


The School Enrolment Application Form can be downloaded by clicking on the link opposite.


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Great success for the Marist in the “Abair” Irish Public Speaking Competition


There was great success for  St. Mary's College in Gael Linn’s prestigious “Abair” Irish Public Speaking competition on Wednesday 3rd February. Robert Mee-Lucey and Caitlín Rooney took 1st and 2nd place in the Junior Section, while Shane Durnin took 1st place in the Senior Section, in what was a hotly contested competition involving schools from across the region.


Competitors in the Junior Section had to speak about a topical issue for three minutes each, while competitors in the Senior Section spoke for four minutes each. Robert spoke about ‘Teifigh’ / ‘Refugees’, Caitlín spoke about ‘Na Tuilte’ / ‘The Floods’, while Shane poked fun at Donald Trump’s campaign to be the next president of the USA.


The speakers excelled on the day, receiving high praise from the judges and will now proceed to the final of the competition following their unprecedented success. Comhghairdeas mór – maith sibh!

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Students take part in Seinn as part of Catholic Schools Week 2016


Ms Briege Kelly, Chaplain Fr Jimmy McElroy, s.p. and Transition Year students attended the Armagh Diocesan launch of Catholic Schools Week in the Church of John the Baptist, Drumcree this week. This is an all-Ireland annual event which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic education. It is a celebration of Catholic schools throughout Ireland, North and South which acknowledges the tremendous contribution that our Catholic primary and post-primary schools make not just to Irish society, but to the mission of the Church.


As part of Catholic schools week the students of St Mary’s College participated in Seinn. Primary & Secondary students from the Primary and Post-primary schools of Dundalk participated in the Songs of Praise service as part of the Catholic schools week celebrations.


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Third Year Academic Awards


The academic achievements of Third Year students  were recognised recently at a presentation of certificates by Principal Mr McGinley and their Year Head Ms Kirk.


We congratulate all recipients of awards and wish them every success in their pre-Junior Certificate exams.


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