Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna

Mission Statement

Mary Immaculate Secondary School is a Catholic School. It’s Christian ethos permeates all disciplines and every extra-curricular activity.

The student is helped to mature as a whole person whose spiritual, educational, intellectual, emotional, social, cultural, moral and physical potential is encouraged to develop to maturity in an atmosphere of Christian care and concern. The school strives to form a community in which pupil, teacher, parent and management aim to live by Christian values, recognising the dignity of each individual.

School History

The beginning of the school can be traced back to 1947 when the late Judge Comyn invited the Sisters of Mercy, Ennistymon, to spend their first holiday at his newly-erected residence at the end of St. Brendan’s Road, about one mile from Lisdoonvarna. The Sisters saw that no post-primary education was available to the vast majority of the children in the area. Parents requested the Sisters to come back and open a school. Prompted by this request Mother Kevin O’Carroll decided to open a branch college of Ennistymon a secondary school, as soon as the Sisters could undertake this work of mercy.

In September 1949, a school for girls was opened in Tivoli House. In 1955 at the request of Dr. Browne boys were admitted to the school.

A new school was built in 1964 and the school was formally opened by the Minister for Education, Dr. P.J. Hillary and blessed by Bishop Browne on the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, 8th September, 1964.

On the 10th of May 1974 the school celebrated the Silver Jubilee of its opening. In 1983 it was clear that the pre-fabricated building had to be replaced by a solid structure. On the 14th of October, 1985 the new extension was officially opened by Mr. Paul Connaughton Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture. The extension which cost in excess of half a million, was blessed by the Bishop of Galway, Dr. Eamon Casey.

In 1993, Mr. John O’Loughlin was appointed first lay principal. John is a past pupil of the school and his appointment was welcome news to the teaching staff.

School Principal John O’Loughlin believes that “the school is a community of student, teacher, parent and Board of Management in which a caring, happy learning environment is encouraged and strived for and where each member of the school community is valued and respected.”

News from Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna

30 May 2019
Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna News – May 2019

Presentation to retiring Principal John O’Loughlin Jessica Kelly, Chairperson of the Student Council, presented John O’Loughlin with an…

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26 Apr 2019
Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna News – April 2019

CEIST Leadership Conference Aoife Dowling, James Howard and Emma Kelly represented Mary Immaculate at this conference held in…

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28 Feb 2019
Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna News – Feb 2019

Irish Angus group visit to Dublin and Holland A group of Agricultural Science students from Mary Immaculate Secondary…

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31 Jan 2019
Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna News – January 2019

Success for Mary Immaculate Students and Teacher at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Two transition year students…

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17 Dec 2018
Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna News – December 2018

Mary Immaculate student Dylan Egan achieves success in Mathematics and Science in the Junior Certificate 2018 Congratulations to…

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03 Aug 2018
More awards for science students from Mary Immaculate Secondary School Lisdoonvarna

Following on from their success at the Salters Festival of Chemistry in UCC and their success in SciFest,…

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