Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh

Mission Statement

Sancta Maria College is a Catholic Secondary School under the Trusteeship of CEIST.  It is managed by a recognised Board of Management.

  • We are committed to the promotion of Catholic/Christian values.
  • We foster the holistic development of each student.
  • We promote a supportive partnership between staff, pupils and parents.
  • We further the professional development of the staff and Board of Management.
  • We maintain the school as a resource in the local area.
  • We are committed to the ideal of equality in all aspects of school life.
  • We value a welcoming and caring atmosphere in the school.

School History

Sancta Maria was the first Catholic co-education Secondary School in Ireland.

The school was established in 1920 with twenty pupils. There was a fee of £9 per student per year.

A new Convent and school was built in 1924. This is the present Health Board building.

The school struggled through many ups and downs until the numbers warranted the building of “Sancta Maria” in 1960.

This is the present two-storey part. Extra classrooms were built in 1965.

When the Free Education Scheme started in 1967 numbers in the school increased from about 110 in 1967 to 187 in 1970.

At the end of the 1960s pupils from Clare Island and Inishturk Island started to board in the school. This continued well into the 1980s. Now students board with local families.

Through the 1970s pre-fabricated buildings and the old Parochial House (St. Pats) were used as classrooms. In 1986 the present building was opened and in 1999 the football grounds were renovated to become all weather pitches.







Ms. Pauline Moran

Deputy Principal:
Ms. Finola Foy (A)