Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise

Mission Statement

Scoil Chríost Rí is a Christian Community, whose focus is the holistic formation and development of young people including those who are specially challenged. This task is undertaken with care, compassion and concern for each student. Scoil Chríost Rí is a place of growth and development which is both challenging and responsive.

School History

The convent in Portlaoise was established in 1824 in the old Infirmary. The annals record that on the first day, 216 girls flocked to the school.

Some of they were 14 years old and none were very young in the beginning-not until an infant school was built for them. Daniel O’Connell befriended the convent and gave the nuns legal advice to secure their property.

The convent was erected in 1886-this was also the school. In 1932 the school fronting the road at Church Avenue was built, this time with some government assistance-this is know as the Sacred Heart School.

The second primary school, Scoil Mhuire was built in 1955 and the secondary, Scoil Chríost Rí, was finished in 1968. The first Board of Management was appointed in 1989.

The school has a strong academic history and excels in Basketball and Athletics.


Borris Road, Portlaoise





Ms. Helen O'Donnell

Deputy Principal:
Ms. Sandra Campion