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Castleblayney College

Castleblayney_CollegeCastleblayney College

Principal: Gerry Hand

Dublin Rd,  Castleblayney                        

Castleblayney College, formerly Ardscoil Lorgan, is one of six schools administered by Co Monaghan Vocational Education Committee. It is a co-educational, multi-denominational second-level school that caters for 320 students.  A dedicated team of teaching and ancillary staff totals thirty-six people. The college has a long and proud history since it was first set up under the VEC Act (1930) and has been housed in a number of locations in the town through the years until it found a permanent home at its current location in 1950 when a new building was officially opened by local and now world famous poet Patrick Kavanagh. In 1969, following the introduction of the free education scheme a substantial new large building was erected on the east campus of the college. This was further added to when another new extension, comprising eight rooms, was opened in January 2000. Currently there are plans for another significant building programme that will add ten additional classrooms, a sports hall and substantial office and storage space.

The college has an impressive track record of academic achievement with an average of 80% of its students progressing to 3rd level and/or further education and the remainder going into employment and apprenticeships. Former students of the college have distinguished themselves in all areas of life and their achievements have been well documentedand acknowledged. Most recently, past-pupil Keith Loughman was awarded the inaugural Past-Pupil Award for his contribution to business in his capacity as global leader with KPMG a world leading accountancy firm.

The college offers the mainstream Junior and Leaving Certificate curriculum as well as the Junior Certificate Schools Programme (JCSP) and the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP). At Leaving Certificate level there are seventeen examination subjects on offer to students. In the current year two of our students have won national awards for academic achievement. Lisa Duffy won the Remedi Ireland National Science Award for her work relating to DNA and was also the regional winner of the Student of the Year Bank of Ireland Academic Excellence Award. Another student, Ryan Wylie, attained the top result in the country in the Junior Certificate Woodwork Examination.

The college also offers a wide range of opportunities of an extra-curricular nature, giving students the chance to fulfill their potential in every way whether that be through sport, drama, music or debating, to mention but a few. On the sporting field the various football, basketball and soccer teams have all achieved significant victories, especially at All-Ireland level. In 2010 the college provided ten students on the Co Monaghan VEC senior football team that reached its 3rd All-Ireland final. Our girls and boys basketball teams have also won All-Ireland laurels in recent years.

Students and teachers also involve themselves in community projects and, currently, the school is involved in three Peace III projects, Tidy Towns initiatives, the annual Senior Citizens Party and fundraising for a variety of local charities and deserving causes. In 2010 Castleblayney College students raised almost €10,000 for charity.

Students produce their own school magazine each year and the annual school musical is one of the social highlights of the year in the local community, the most recent school productions being South Pacific and Grease.


Mission Statement


  • We value the uniqueness and dignity of each student entrusted to our care
  • We regard our school as a community which values an atmosphere of respect, discipline, security and harmony in which quality teaching and learning can take place
  • We encourage students to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes with a view to realizing their full potential
  • We encourage our students to strive for excellence
  • We see ourselves as nurturing Christian values
  • We encourage a spirit of  support and co-operation between all the educational partners: students, parents, teachers and the wider community
  • It is our wish that our students are prepared to meet future challenges as confident, mature and responsible participants in society