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 April 2016, in what is an exciting time for all those connected to the school.


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. 

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.

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.


  • Latest News

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    French and German Orals:

    Monday 13th - Friday 17th April


    Scrúduithe Cainte Gaeilge / Irish Orals:

    Dé Luain 20ú - Dé hAoine 24ú Aibreán

    (Monday 20th - Friday 24th April)

  • Upcoming Events

    Lá Saoire Bainc / Bank Holiday (School Closed):

    Monday 4th May


    Prize Night:

    Wednesday 6th May

  • 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."

  • Berlin Trip

    Marist Visits 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.


    See photos from the Berlin Trip here

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Photo Gallery

Fantastic St. Patrick’s Day Floats designed by TY Students


St. Mary’s College’s Art Department have been very busy over the past few months producing these fantastic images for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dundalk. They were spectacular and won second place for the Best Overall Parade Entry. Well done to Ms. Bailey, Ms. Collins and all the students involved. 

See more here

Éanna Ní Lamhna visits students as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge

Tháinig an pearsanta raidió agus teilifíse Éanna Ní Lamhna ar chuairt chuig an scoil le deanaí mar chuid d’imeachtaí Sheachtain na Gaeilge. Chaith sí an lá ag caint leis na daltaí as Gaeilge faoina hábhar spéise, an dúlra. Ag deireadh an lae bhronn sí duaiseanna ar dhaltaí a rinne an iarracht is mó Gaeilge a labhairt le linn Sheachtain na Gaeilge.

The radio and TV personality Éanna Ní Lamhna visited the school recently as part of Seachtain na Gaeilge. She spent the day talking to students as Gaeilge about her area of expertise, nature. At the end of the day she made presentations to students that made the biggest effort to speak as Gaeilge during Seachtain na Gaeilge. See more here

The dream of a new Marist College is becoming a reality


The dream of a new Marist College is becoming a reality. 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 fifth class students in primary school. See more here



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