Malahide Community School
|Malahide Community School
|Broomfield, Malahide, County Dublin
|Motto||Sapientia, Veritas, Ingenium
(Latin for "Wisdom, Truth, Talent")
|Established||1958 (by the Infant Jesus Sisters)|
|Number of students||approx. 1200|
Malahide Community School (MCS; Irish: Pobalscoil Íosa) is a co-educational, inclusive secondary school located in Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland. It welcomes pupils of all religious denominations. The school has grown from 512 students in 1976 to now having 1200 students since 2006.
In the early 1950s Mrs Catherine Dowling set up the Stella Maris School in Malahide Village. In 1958 the Infant Jesus Sisters founded Scoil Íosa, a junior and secondary school for girls on what are now the grounds of Malahide Community School. Mrs Dowling amalgamated her school with the convent and joined the staff of the newly established school.
In 1976 the school joined the community school system which meant that it was no longer private(Independent) and became Pobalscoil Íosa. A new, fully equipped building, now known as the Junior Block was added, followed shortly afterward by the Sports Hall.
The New Building
The long awaited three story school building, planned in 2005 but to be built by November 2006 had many delays, the site had an infestation of rats, animal control had to be called immediately which delayed things, it was finally in operation by February 2007. The first part of the demolition was started on Wednesday the 14th of March and was completed before the Leaving Certificate that took place in early June. The grand opening of the new school took place on 5 October with the Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin. Over the summer of 2008, the canteen facility was planned to be operational and in use for the new school year. By the latter half of that year, the new canteen was functional.
Drama: Students from Malahide Community School promise a rousing Rising re-enactment They will tell the story of the Rising, from Easter Monday through to the execution in Kilmainham, through music, song and dance with well-known ballads such as The Rising of the Moon, The Foggy Dew and The Parting Glass serving as musical accompaniments to key events. The production, which involves students from first year to sixth year, will be performed for pupils during the day , while there will be a public concert , "Night for 1916", on Tuesday evening, as part of the series of centenary events running in the school next week.
Mark Condren's photo shows 4th year pupil, James Clegg, playing Thomas McDonagh, and 5th year pupil, Chelsea Warren, as Nurse Elizabeth O'Farrell, in rehearsals for the scene depicting British retaliation at the GPO.