Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to St. Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville.


Mrs Gillian O’Callaghan Principal
Mrs Gillian O’Callaghan Principal

At St. Mary’s we provide for the holistic development of all our students.  Every individual student brings something unique to our school and we value and nurture this.  We aim to bring out the best in every student and subsequently help them find their own niche in life.  Care of each individual student is given huge priority in our school and we ensure that each student comes to school happy and thus ready to learn.

St. Mary’s has been in existence for almost 180 years and is renowned nationally for academic excellence, innovation, competition and care.  Over the years the achievements of our students in examinations have consistently exceeded national standards.  On average 30% of our Leaving Certificate students achieve over 500 points, 60% over 400 points whilst all our students achieve to their maximum potential at all levels.

Great care is taken to ensure that every student achieves to her maximum potential.  Our students also learn the joy, excitement and challenge of competition in a variety of areas at all levels.  The success of our students in sports, young enterprise, debating, public speaking, music, choir, science, drama and many more are a source of great pride to everyone associated with our school.

Our student body, comprising of 420 young ladies, shares a common appreciation for the value of good character, hard work, responsibility and leadership.  They come from the surrounding communities of Charleville, Ballyhea, Dromina, Newtown, Milford, Ballyagran, Granagh, Banogue, Effin, Bruree, Fenagh, Churchtown, Kilmallock, Dooradoyle and beyond.

Our highly skilled motivated staff bring with them a wide range of experience, talents and skills ensuring high quality provision of education to all our students.  They all share a dedication to the mission of the school striving to ensure the holistic education of all.

In order to learn more about our school, I invite you to peruse our newly updated website.

With best wishes,
Mrs Gillian O’Callaghan