Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Ballineaspaig, Cork, Ireland

Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh

Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh is an all-boys Voluntary Catholic Secondary School under the trusteeship of the Presentation Brothers Schools Trust (P.B.S.T.). The school was founded in 1964 with the aim of providing a Christian education for the boys of Bishopstown and the adjoining parishes. In an age when the focus of education in Irish secondary schools tended to be rather narrow, both in terms of the type of curriculum offered to students and in terms of the whole concept of what constituted a good education, Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh broke new ground. In its early years, an expanded curriculum, embracing a full range of traditional academic subjects as well as many technological subjects, set the school in the foreground of modern education and prepared it to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world. Accompanying this curricular expansion was a new view of education which put a considerably increased emphasis on the total development of the person through the medium of a broad range of extra-curricular activities.

From its earliest years, Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh established itself as a centre of academic excellence. A measure of its success in this regard has been the consistently high standard achieved by its students in the Certificate Examinations each year and the regularity with which students of Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh have featured in the U.C.C. University Entrance Scholarship list in an almost unbroken sequence since 1969. Side by side with the development of this tradition has been the development of another equally proud one - an enviable record of extra-curricular achievement at local, national and international level.

The school is grant-aided by the Department of Education and Science. Since 1992, with the withdrawal of the Presentation Brothers from the direct management of the school, the position of Principal has been occupied by a lay person. In 2009, the Presentation Brothers handed over the trusteeship of the school to a lay trust – the Presentation Brothers Schools Trust (P.B.S.T.). The trust continues its involvement in the school through its representation on the Board of Management, four of whose members are directly appointed by the trust. Current Board Members are: Mr. Donal Hurley (Chairperson), Dr. Grace Neville, Mr. Declan O'Connell, Mr. Dan Hinds, Ms. Lorna Drinan, Mr. Philip O'Sullivan, Dr. Paddy Ryan, Ms. Maire Calnan. The Principal acts as secretary to the Board. The Principal of the school is Mr. Michael Sexton. The Deputy Principal is Mr. Michael Foley.

The Parents' Council meets with the school authorities on a regular basis and organizes events for the general parent-body. The students elect members to the Student Council, which serves as a valuable medium of communication with the teaching staff.

Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh employs nearly fifty teachers including two Guidance Counsellors and two Learning Support teachers. It also employs four Special Needs Assistants and three ancillary staff. The school offers a three-year Junior Cycle, followed by Transition Year and a two-year Leaving Certificate programme. Subjects offered at Junior Certificate level include Gaeilge, English, Mathematics, History, Geography, French, German, Science, Religious Education, C.S.P.E, Physical Education, Computer Studies, Business, Technical Graphics, Art, Materials Technology (Wood) and Music.

At Leaving Certificate level an extensive range of subjects includes Gaeilge, Mathematics, English, French, German, Accounting, Art, Business, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Geography, History, Physics, Construction Studies, Design and Communication Graphics and Applied Mathematics.

Students from Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh regularly compete in the Young Scientists Competition, Mathematical and Science quizzes, general knowledge quizzes and the following extra-curricular activities: gaelic football, hurling, soccer, basketball, tennis, debating, chess, mountaineering, golf, fishing, athletics and sailing.

The school day begins at 8.40 a.m. and finishes at 3.50 p.m. (12.50 p.m. on Wednesday). School reports are issued following the Christmas and summer examinations. Parent teacher-meetings are held throughout the school year. Parents are invited to contact their son's class teacher if they are concerned about any matter.

A voluntary contribution is requested annually to cover twenty-four hour personal accident insurance for all pupils, extra-curricular activities, games, travel expenses, photocopying and other expenses. The contribution is necessary as the capitation grant received from the Department of Education and Science does not provide sufficient funds.

Since 1998 Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh has run the Edmund Rice Action Camp to develop Youth Leadership and provide recreational facilities for young people during the summer.

ERAC work for the children is inspired by much the same sentiments as are expressed by Dorothy Law Nolte (1924-2005) in her poem,

'Children Learn What They Live' (1998):
"If a child lives with encouragement,
They learn confidence.
If a child lives with praise,
They learn to appreciate !"

An article, "Young Adults are role models for children", describing this programme was prepared for the Golden Jubilee booklet of the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit in 2010.

Golden Jubilee 2014

For the last 50 years our parish has been well served by Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh. On Wednesday the 8th October nearly a thousand young men, teachers, religious, retired teachers, parents, friends and guests gathered in our magnificent church to celebrate the foundation of Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh. Congratulations and Happy Birthday.

For further information:

Telephone No.: (021) 4543790
Website: Welcome to Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh

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Front Entrance

Entrance to Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh
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School Crest

School Crest
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Church week

Catholic Schools Week 2012: 1st Years at Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit
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Debating Team

Senior Debating Team
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Gradam an Choláiste winners with Denis Kennedy, former Principal, and Michael Sexton, current Principal
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CSN Hurlers in action
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Mount Mercy College

Mount Mercy College established in 1965, is an all girls Catholic school situated in the Western suburbs of Cork City.

Address: Model Farm Road, Cork
Telephone No: (021) 4542366 /4542685
Fax: (021) 4542709
Website: Welcome to Mount Mercy College

Our Mission Statement

In Mount Mercy College, we strive to promote self worth and self confidence in a Christian environment. We aim to enable students to develop their full potential with emphasis on the academic, cultural, social, spiritual, aesthetic and technological areas and to foster a sense of caring and justice.

Our Trustees

Mount Mercy College is a Voluntary Catholic Secondary School for girls in the trusteeship of CEIST and functions in accordance with CEIST Charter Values.

CEIST Charter

(Catholic Education, an Irish Schools Trust)

In March 2008, the Sisters of Mercy joined with other religious congregations to ensure that their founding traditions where protected and maintained in a new structure called CEIST.

At Mount Mercy College we treasure the core values of CEIST which support and nourish the lives of the people who are at the heart of our school community, our students, our staff and our parents. These are the members of our school; their rights must be respected and their responsibilities should be performed in a manner which promotes the spiritual development of each person, achieves quality in teaching and learning, shows respect for every person, creates a sense of community and is founded on compassion and justice. These values can only be lived out if students, staff and parents work together for the common good of all.

Student Involvement in Parish Community

"There is a spectrum of activities in the school that highlight engagement with community and the expression of faith. One example is the making of key moments in the school year through liturgy with events such as beginning of school year mass, Transition Year and Leaving Certificate Graduation masses and mass attendance in the parish for liturgical times of Advent, Lent and Easter."

As part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit in 2010 and article "Student Involvement in Parish Community" describing the work undertaken in the school "to foster the development of faith but more importantly to encourage students to put that faith into action and share their gifts, talents, time, energy and abilities with the community," was published in the Golden Jubilee booklet.


To Promote Spiritual and Human Development
We believe that a knowledge of and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ give meaning and purpose to our lives.

To Achieve Quality in Teaching and Learning
We are committed to excellence and to continually improving the quality of teaching and learning.

To Show Respect for Every Person
We respect the unique and intrinsic value of every person.

To Create Community
Our school is a community of Faith, of welcome and hospitality where Gospel values are lived and where there is special care for those most in need.

To Be Just and Responsible
We seek to act justly and responsibly in all our relationships

Mercy Philosophy of Education

Mount Mercy College was originally founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1965 and therefore we are also guided by a Mercy Philosophy of Education.

Inspired by the vision of Catherine McAuley. Mercy education is committed to holistic development and to the achievement of the full potential of each student, particularly those who are disadvantaged or marginalised. It is a process informed and influenced by the teaching and example of Jesus Christ and is conducted in an atmosphere of care, respect and joy. Mercy education is committed to on-going whole-school development in collaboration and partnership with the Board of Management, Staff, Parents and the wider community.

Our Ethos is inclusive and:

  • Celebrates our Catholic Foundation
  • Welcomes students from other faiths and none.
  • Promotes our Community and Social Awareness
  • Fosters our Pastoral Spirit
  • Strives for Academic Excellence for all
  • Welcomes international students
  • Welcomes special needs students

Mount Mercy provides:

  • A Comprehensive Curriculum
  • A pastoral and caring environment conducive to effective teaching and learning
  • Competent and highly motivated staff
  • First year induction programme
  • Emphasis on ongoing training and development for our staff
  • Excellent facilities and resources
  • Student Leader programme
  • Focus on the individual student
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Mount Mercy College

Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Rd.
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Mother Mary McCauley

Mother Mary McCauley Foundress of the Mercy Order
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School Crest

School Crest Mount Mercy College
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Stained Glass

Stained glass panel - Prayer Room
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Mural - Prayer Room
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Prayer to St. Francis

Prayer to St. Francis - Prayer Room
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Face of Christ

Face of Christ - Prayer Room
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Tapestry - Prayer Room
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St. Catherine's School

St. Catherine's Mercy Primary School is the only primary school in this parish and has very strong links with the parish community and clergy since its opening in 1959.

We are an all girls primary school with classes from Junior Infants to 6th Class. Most of our 6th class then transfer to our sister Mercy Secondary Scbool - Mount Mercy College. In true Mercy tradition we strive to encourage and support our pupils to reach their full potential and promote respect for all in our school community and beyond at every opportunity. Our approach here is very holistic and on visiting the school you will immediately sense the enthusiasm and happiness which we cherish.

An Expression of Interest form for our school is available on our website. The enrolment process usually begins in October of the year prior to enrolment.

For further information:

Telephone No.: (021) 4546868
Website: Welcome to St Catherine's

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St Catherine's School

St. Catherine's School
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School Crest

School Crest
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