Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh

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Sancta Maria College[1] is a Catholic secondary school located in Louisburgh, County Mayo, Ireland. There are approximately 369 students enrolled. The school was Ireland's first Catholic co-educational secondary school.

Subjects offered[edit]

  • Junior Certificate[1]

Religious studies, Gaeilge, English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Home Economics, French, Materials Technology Wood, Business Studies, Science, Technical Graphics, Technology, Physical Education, Civic, Social and Political education, Computing, Health and Personal Development class

  • Leaving Certificate[1]

Religious studies, Gaeilge, English, Mathematics, Accounting, Construction Studies - building, Geography, Social and Science - Home Economics, French, Mechanical Drawing, History, Biology, Physics & Chemistry, Physical Education, Computer studies, Enterprise Education, Health & Personal Development, Conversational German, Career Preparation and information Classes, Media Studies, and Crafts/home craft.


The school currently has 25 teachers and 10 support staff. The principal is Mrs. Pauline Moran.[1]


The school produces a musical that is shown annually in Louisburgh Town Hall, usually the first weekend in February.

Famous pupils[edit]

  • Bridget Gavin, Chief engineer of Ulysses, the Irish Ferries Dublin to Holyhead cruise ferry.[2]
  • John Lyons, Author and former Deputy Principal.
  • P J Gibbons, Editor of Social and Personal Magazine.[3]

In 2008, the school was ranked 15 (out of 28) in Mayo for third level attendance with 77% progressing to third level.The vast majority of students enrolled in NUI Galway.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh". Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived 2010-05-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Social & Personal Weddings". 
  4. ^ Irish Times, 4 December 2008.