Loreto Abbey, Dalkey

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Loreto Abbey Dalkey is a Catholic secondary school for girls, under the auspices of the Sisters of Loreto. The school is owned by the Trust Board of the Sisters of Loreto. Adjoined is also Loreto Girls National School.


Loreto Abbey Dalkey opened as a school in 1843. It is a member house of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). The Institute was founded in the 17th century by Mary Ward (1585 - 1645), a pioneer of education for Catholic women, and today it has establishments in five continents.[1]

The Irish branch of the Institute was founded in 1821 by Frances Teresa Ball (1794 - 1861), a native of Dublin. Her first foundation was at Rathfarnham and was called Loreto Abbey, from which title the sisters became known as Loreto sisters. All subsequent foundations were also called Loreto. there are about 40 rooms in the school.[1]

When Loreto Abbey Dalkey was founded, Dalkey was a small fishing village, though in earlier times it had been well known as the Port of Dublin. Along its rocky seashore lay a common which Frances Teresa Ball perceived to be an eminently suitable site for her foundation. While negotiating its purchase, she rented Bulloch Castle, opposite Bulloch Harbour, where she operated a small boarding and day school from 1841 until 1843. In 1842 she succeeded in buying the site at Dalkey.[1]

Frances Teresa Ball was her own architect and her castellated building of Dalkey granite was opened as a boarding and day school on 17 August 1843. In 1982, the boarding school closed. It has 630 pupils on its rolls today, and has 70 members of staff.

Loreto Abbey Dalkey is a private, fee-paying school.

The principal of the school is Mr Robert Dunne.

Notable past pupils[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2009-12-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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Coordinates: 53°16′47″N 6°06′00″W / 53.279778°N 6.099972°W / 53.279778; -6.099972