St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar

Mission Statement

St. Joseph’s is a Catholic Secondary School for girls.  We aim to provide a holistic Christian Education in co-operation with teachers, students, parents, management and the community. We work to create equality for all in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We strive for excellence in learning and endeavour to help each student to reach her full potential in a positive, caring and happy environment.

School History

Information, courtesy of “Sr. Cecelia Hession” – a former teacher of the school

In January 1845, the P.P. Fr. Gibbons with a view to bringing the Sisters of Mercy to the town convened a public meeting in the local parish church. The Grove house where Miss Falkner now lives was secured as a temporary residence. In 1853, a little group of pioneer sisters bade farewell to their Alma Mater, St. Vincent’s Galway and arrived at Rock Square in the old lumbering stage coach. The house in Rock Square commonly known as Lord Lucan’s Bank was soon put in order.

Important Dates in the History of our School

  • 1917 Registration under the Intermediate Board
  • 1924 Opening of Boarding School
  • 1935 Building gutted by fire, rebuilt retaining original architecture
  • 1974 Closure of Boarding School
  • 1982 Building of large extension
  • 1985 Board of Management introduced

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News from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar

07 Jan 2020
St. Joseph’s Secondary School Castlebar TY Newsletter – December 2019

TY Newsletter – December 2019 The St. Joseph’s Castlebar TY Newsletter December 2019 is now available. This features…

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19 Dec 2019
St. Joseph’s Secondary School Castlebar Newsletter – December 2019

St. Joseph’s Secondary School Castlebar Newsletter – December 2019 The St. Josephs Castlebar Christmas newsletter is now available….

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23 May 2019
St. Joseph’s Castlebar News – May 2019

St. Joseph’s Castlebar School Awards Night 2019 Below are some photos taken from our School Awards 2019 night…

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28 Feb 2019
St. Joseph’s Castlebar News – Feb 2019

Student Council Members of our student council who raised money for Rock Rose House Castlebar. Students gathered €2…

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18 Dec 2018
St. Joseph’s Castlebar News – December 2018

Gospel Choir Well done to our Gospel Choir and director Ms. Durcan on their superb performance in Ballyheane…

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30 Sep 2018
News from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar – September 2018

Centenary Celebrations The school celebrates its centenary this year.  To mark the occasion a series of events are…

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