Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar

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Coordinates: 53°31′34″N 7°20′48″W / 53.526°N 7.3467°W / 53.526; -7.3467

St. Mary's College
Coláiste Mhuire
School type Christian Brothers School Secondary school
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1856
Founder James Hevey
Principal Joe O'Meara
Vice principal Richard O'Donoghue
Staff 35
Gender Male (Leaving certificate repeat is co-educational)
Enrollment 735 (December 2014)

Coláiste Mhuire (Saint Mary's College in English) is a secondary school located in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. As Mullingar's oldest post-primary school, it first opened its doors to students in 1856. It is a voluntary Catholic Secondary School based in the Hevey Institute. It is primarily a boys' school, however, the repeat Leaving Certificate class is co-educational.


The foundation of Colaiste Mhuire in 1856 was largely due to the philanthropy of a local retired brewer and landowner, James Hevey. Hevey’s last will and testament of 1835 contained the following bequest: “all my right and interest in the town and in the lands of Bryanstown for the support, maintenance and education of poor children of the parish of Mullingar”. A site for the school was obtained from Lord Granard at an annual rent of £15 and building was completed, in 1856, at a cost of £5000. The school was popular from its inception: in the 1860s there were already 400 pupils attending and a contemporary document tells us that “Several of the Boys have come from different counties, and some from South America”. The popularity of the General school greatly outstripped that of the Classical so that by 1889 there were 471 boys in the General with only 93 in the Classical. Eventually, the Classical gave way and the General school took control of both wings of the Hevey Institute.

€3m extension[edit]

In early 2003, work on a €3m extension began at the rear of the Hevey Institute. This extension included more classrooms, and classrooms such as woodwork rooms. Unique to Mullingar, students can study technology in a state of the art technology room, which opened in 2005, as a part of the extension.


Coláiste Mhuire offers the widest range of sporting opportunities to students. The sports offered include GAA, badminton, tennis, swimming, soccer and indoor soccer and volleyball.

School committees[edit]

  • Parents Council is a committee set up by the parents of students in the school, and other volunteers. The council debates on issues relevant to the ongoing development of the school, and on issues affecting students and school life.
  • Students Council is a committee set up by students in the school. An election takes place each year, around the end of October. The Students Council asks students on changes that they'd like to see changed to the school, eg outdoor seating or variations of canteen food.

Notable alumni[edit]