College Profile

Mission Statement

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.

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."


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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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.

Jade and Lynn make their debuts for the Irish International Soccer Team


Last Tuesday night’s international friendly game between the Republic of Ireland Women’s U16 team and their Northern Ireland counterparts at Oriel Park proved to be a very special occasion for two students from the school.


Jade Reddy and Lynn Craven, Transition Year students at St. Mary’s both made their debut for the girls in green in the 1-0 win. Jade started the game at right-back before she was replaced, quite fittingly, by Lynn after 48 minutes.


It was probably inevitable that the duo would make their international debut together. Close friends from the age of four, the 15-year-olds have been almost inseparable since.

Quay Celtic was the club that provided the girls with their first taste of football. Lynn was part of the Point Road side that won the Dundalk Schoolboys League U10 and U11 league and cup double in successive years.


Jade then joined up with her friend as part of the Quay Celtic Girls side that also went on to win the double at U14 level.


Both girls currently ply their trade with Shelbourne in Dublin and were part of the Reds team that enjoyed a successful 2014, picking up the U16 National Cup, the U16 League Cup and also the Dublin Womens Summer League double.


Tuesday’s international was a warm up game for the upcoming international quadrangular tournament in Dublin in mid-February which will see the Republic of Ireland take on Denmark, Austria and the Czech Republic and the pair will be hoping to make the final squad which is due to be announced at the end of this week.

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