Galway’s newest secondary school to open September 2021

Plans for the amalgamation of Our Lady’s College and St Mary’s College are moving forward.

The new school which is located on St Mary’s Road is due to open on September 1 2021.

It is expected to have a future enrolment of 1,000 students and will be based at the current St Mary’s College complex.

A spokesperson for the new school said; “Though all of us may not be conscious of it, the establishment of this new school is a ground-breaking moment in the educational history of the city. Bishop George Browne appointed at the age of 36 and who presided from 1831 to 1844, established St Mary’s College and worked closely with the Presentation Sisters in their early years in Galway.

“He issued the invitation to the Mercy Sisters to come to Galway in 1840. In 2021, we will have the coming together of three historic and enduring traditions into a new Catholic co-educational secondary school which will serve the community of Galway for decades to come.”

A capital works programme has been identified and agreed with the Department of Education and Skills to augment the significant existing facilities with the addition of extra classrooms and specialist rooms.

A virtual open evening for the new school will be held in early November allowing parents and prospective students to get a real sense of the new campus.

The interim board of management of the new school will be appointed by the joint patrons before the end of October 2020.


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