History of Scoil Mhuire
Our current school building was opened in 1974. Liam Ó Foghlú was its first principal. The children and staff moved from the ‘Sean-Scoil’ which is approximately a hundred metres from the site of our present school. The ‘Sean-Scoil’ was originally two schools where the boys’ school had a male principal and the girls’ school had a female principal. Then, in 1970, these two schools were amalgamated. Two other parish schools were amalgamated with Scoil Mhuire – Dungeel National School in January 1975 and Glencuttane National School in July 1976.
The Scoil Mhuire building was designed by architect Mr. Roche from Tralee and the contractors were Boyle Brothers Ltd., Killorglin. The school was blessed and opened by the Very Rev. Canon John Murphy. The number of children that attended Scoil Mhuire in 1974 was very large so the ‘Sean Scoil’ continued to be used for some classes.
Scoil Mhuire is an ‘H’ shaped building with a flat roof. The original building consisted of ten classrooms. Additional classrooms as well as a gym and stage were added in 1984 and an extension with additional support teaching rooms was completed in 1987. In 2018, the school was further extended with two additional classrooms. We currently have 16 classrooms, a library, 3 offices, 6 Support Teaching rooms, a Sensory Garden and several outdoor play spaces and gardens. The grounds of the school adjoin St James’ Catholic Church.
Scoil Mhuire is a Catholic school where children of different ethnic origins and religions are welcomed and cherished.
Principals of Scoil Mhuire since 1974
Liam Ó Foghlú 1974-1978
Micheál Ó Scanláin 1978-1986
Diarmuid Ó Conbhaí 1986-2006
Tomás Ó Colgáin 2006-2011
Muireann Seoighe 2012-present
Our School Crest
Our school crest was designed by Aileen Crowley, from the town of Killorglin. While a pupil at Scoil Mhuire, Aileen won a competition to design a crest for the school. We are particularly proud that our past pupil and designer of our school crest has gone on to become famous, representing Ireland in many European and World Rowing events!
Aileen’s design was adapted and refined by the accomplished local artist and another past pupil, Jason Griffin.
Each of the elements of our crest, the bridge, the quill, the scroll and the Celtic swirl, represents important aspects of our school and our community:
BRIDGE: Represents strength, stability and our connection to the town of Killorglin. The bridge also reinforces the concept of education as ‘building bridges’.
QUILL: Represents education in various forms, art, journalism etc.
SCROLL: Represents achievement, honour, pride, building for the future
CELTIC SWIRLS: Represent our Irish culture and traditions.
HALO: Represents Mary, after whom Scoil Mhuire is named. She touches and joins together each of the other elements.
Anne Marie Curran
Special Education Teachers
Board of Management