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Our Lady's Secondary School


Our Lady’s Secondary School


 Principal: Eddie Kelly


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In 1971 Our Lady’s Secondary School was formed through amalgamation of the Boy’s Secondary School , St. Mary’s and Scoil Mhuire. St. Mary’s President, Fr Frank McKenna and staff, John Gallen, Frank McQuaid, and Sean Glynn all transferred to Our Lady’s. Fr. Mc Kenna became the first principal of the new school, a position he held until 1974, and Gerry Gillanders (for whom our Student of the Year Award is named) was Vice-Principal.

 In 1974 Sr. Margaret Lyons became Principal. In 1975 the lower pre-fabs were built. In 2000 they were finally demolished to allow for a new car park. The original All- Weather-Pitch was also built at this time, which meant that some of the sisters who were buried there had to be exhumed and buried in the present Convent Graveyard. In 1979 the gym was opened and in 1980 the GPA and surrounding classrooms were built. Both these events were important ones at the time and much effort, thought and rehearsal went into the opening of these facilities.

 John Gallen was appointed Principal in 1987. On 27th. November 1992 the Concert Hall was opened by Uachtaran na HEireann, Mary Robinson. In 1994 the new tennis courts were opened and two years later the new prefabs – beside the Concert Hall were built. At this stage plans were well underway for the building of a new extension on account of the ever-increasing numbers attending Our Lady’s. This extension was completed and opened for use in September 1999 and the official opening by the Minister for Education, Dr Michael Woods was held in May 2000. The original school building, the Old Hall, now the Study Hall and Library was given a new lease of life with a complete restoration, which is indicative of its importance as an item of heritage, not only for the school, but for the whole town of Castleblayney.

 In 2002 Gerard Mc Guill was appointed Principal. In 2003 an in-house Chaplaincy service was introduced. In the summer of 2005 the roof of the GPA was completely replaced and in October of that year the original All-weather pitch was replaced with a floodlit Field Turf Pitch adding further to the excellent facilities at Our Lady’s. This new venture was viewed by President Mary Mc Aleese when she visited the school in December 2005.

 There were many outstanding achievements in the history of Our Lady’s achievements too numerous to mention, and also successes and accomplishments of diverse natures, which make them hard to categorize.

 However, there are three achievements that are particularly deserving of mention, the first being the success of Mary Kelly in the National Young Scientist of the Year Award in 1976. Mary subsequently went on to win the European Title. Another outstanding achievement came in 1993 when our Senior Boys Basketball Team captured the All-Ireland Title and went on to represent Ireland in Athens, Greece. Then in 2005 the Senior Boys Gaelic Football Team was crowned Ulster and All-Ireland Champions after a tremendous year.


Our Lady’s Secondary School has experienced many high points since its inception in 1971. It has consistently been at the forefront of educational change. The successes are due to the talents and efforts of many generations of young people from the Castleblayney area. These successes would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of the many exceptional teachers who have graced the corridors of our school.

 Mission Statement

Our Lady's Secondary School is a holistic centre of development and learning where each person is special and treated as such.  We, the staff and students, enjoy working together to realize our full potential in a healthy, safe, stimulating and friendly environment where the atmosphere is one of mutual respect, cooperation and challenge.  Christian community is our heritage and goal, the Good News of the Gospel is our story.