This year St Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush is celebrating its Golden Jubilee following 50 years as the only post-primary school serving the Rush and Lusk area of North County Dublin.

To mark the Golden Jubilee Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin celebrated mass at St Maur’s Church in Rush. The Mass was attended by parents and past pupils as well as current pupils. There were some past pupils in attendance who were the first girls to be enrolled in St Joseph’s in 1961 which made it a very special occasion indeed.

Pictured on left, Patrica Hayden School Principal with Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin at the Jubilee Mass.


There have been many changes in the school since it was officially opened by the then Archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid. Since then, the Mercy Sisters have transferred patronage of the school to CEIST, and the Board of Management are about to embark upon the largest expansion programme in the history of the school, which will see a new school building for the area.

Following the Mass, everyone went to St Joseph’s Secondary School for light refreshments. There was a great atmosphere in the school as past pupils met, some for the first time in a long number of years. Speaking after the Mass School Principal, Ms Patricia Hayden thanked the Archbishop for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Rush and celebrate the Jubilee Mass with the community.

Ms Hayden also thanked the School Choir, the teachers and parents for their tireless work in making the Jubilee Mass such a special occasion.


The St Joseph’s Rush Golden Jubilee celebrations will conclude on Saturday, 15th of October next with the opening of a memorial garden and the unveiling by the Mayor of Fingal of a commemorative sculpture.

The Golden Jubilee is to be commemorated with a sculpture by artist; Paul Flynn called ‘The Tree of Life.’ The sculpture will be unveiled by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Gerry McGuire during a ceremony to be held on Saturday, 15th of October next, in the school garden.

Artist Paul Flynn said, “I asked pupils to suggest ideas for a sculpture that would both commemorate the past 50 years and represent the present and future. The pupils submitted a number of images which they felt should somehow be incorporated into the piece.

These included a tree, a girl and a boy, and 5 gold birds to represent the past 5 decades. I then took those ideas and came up with a modern design. The base of the sculpture incorporates the palm prints of 4 of the original pupils and 50 of the present pupils; representatives of each year in the school, the principal, deputy principal and other members of staff.”

School Principal Patricia Hayden said, “There is a great buzz throughout the school in the run up to the Golden Jubilee celebrations with students, teachers and parents working together to ensure it is a great success on the day.

The parents and students held a variety of fundraising events to fund the cost of the sculpture. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved for their tireless work during the year which will conclude with the unveiling our sculpture by the Mayor of Fingal. The excitement in the school at the moment is giving a great boost to the community.”