Mercy College, Coolock

Mission Statement

Mercy College, Coolock is a voluntary, Catholic secondary school, under the trusteeship of CEIST.

We endeavour to build a Christian community, in an atmosphere of respect for the dignity of all.

With the co-operation of parents, students and the community, we the staff will work to foster the academic and personal development of the students by creating a caring, safe and ordered environment where all are encouraged to become responsible persons striving to reach their full potential.


School History

In 1963 a secondary school opened in the lower part of the Convent of Mercy, Coolock once the home of Catherine McAuley. It was called “ Virgo Clemens College” and began with an enrolment of 20 pupils.

The 1st Intermediate Certificate Exam was held in 1966. In the 1980’s the name of the school changed from “Virgo Clemens College” to “Mercy College”.

In 1965 two pre-fabricated rooms and a cloakroom were erected near the Convent for the use of the school.

In 1967 the first block of the school was built on the grounds of the old stables and farmyard. In 1968 a 2nd block was added. In 1971 a sports pavilion was erected.

In 1990 the language laboratory was furnished.

1991-1992 the sports hall was blessed by Bishop Jim Moriarty and officially opened by President Mary Robinson in September 1992.

In 1993 a computer room was fitted and furnished. The present school is in a modern building which includes specialist rooms, plus an Assembly Hall.

The extensive grounds provide a hockey all-weather pitch.


St Brendan's Drive, Coolock





Ms. Patricia Dwyer

Deputy Principal:
Mr. Donal O'Mahony