Marian College (Dublin)

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Marian College
Colaiste Mhuire Cois Abhainn
Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge

D04 W268

Coordinates53°19′58″N 6°13′45″W / 53.332899°N 6.229055°W / 53.332899; -6.229055Coordinates: 53°19′58″N 6°13′45″W / 53.332899°N 6.229055°W / 53.332899; -6.229055
TypeSecondary school
MottoOptimum Optare
(The pursuit of excellence)
Established1954; 68 years ago (1954)
PrincipalOonagh McCaul, Deputy Principal Pat Glover
Colour(s)Royal Blue, Old Gold
AffiliationMarist Order (Brothers)

Marian College is a Marist Catholic secondary school in Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland that was established in 1954.


In the early 1950s, the then Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Charles McQuaid, had invited the Marist Brothers to open a school in the Sandymount-Ballsbridge area. This was in response to the opening of a co-educational school, Sandymount High School. Co-education was anathema to Archbishop McQuaid, so he wanted to provide a Catholic option beside it.[citation needed] The Marists found a site at Riverside House on the banks of the River Dodder and on 8 September 1954 the first pupils entered the Brothers’ house to begin their secondary schooling.[citation needed]

Until 1999, Sandymount High School was next door to Marian College.[citation needed]

For the first 34 years, the College was run by a succession of Marist Brothers.[1] In later years, lay involvement in the management and organisation of the College has grown.[citation needed]


The school was ranked tenth in Ireland in terms of the number of students who progressed to third level and by the types of institutions to which the students progressed. [2]


Rugby union is one of the school's main sports. The college fields teams in both the JCT/SCT competitions and reached the JCT final of the Cup Shield in 2008. The JCT won the Cup Shield in 1968.

Water-polo is the school's most successful sport, the college having won numerous Leinster titles over the past 10 years.

In 2010 the senior Gaelic team won both the Dublin and Leinster schools championships.

Marian won a Leinster basketball title in 1989-90, coached by Meany and Nesbitt.

The College also won national soccer cup, captained by Graham Kavanagh.

Marian won the bike polo all Ireland championship in 2010.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Marian College Website Archived 2012-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "High School ranks top in State, says new league table". Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  3. ^ |url= |title=Is it worth spending a mint on your child's school? |publisher=Irish Independent |date=10 September 2005 |last=Fitzgerald |first=Mark |accessdate=19 June 2011}}
  4. ^ Ferguson, Ciara (15 October 2006). "Meeting with the maestro". Irish Independent. Retrieved 19 June 2011.