ST MARY’S ACADEMY St. Mary's Academy CBS, Railway Road, Carlow, Ireland.
Phone: 059 9142419 Fax: 059 9130922

Raising the Roof Run- Postponed until September

The 10K route is here. The 5K route is here.

Student Awards 2016


Congratulations to all winners. See the Awards Brochure here.

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Latest News

15th May 2015

Student Awards 2015

The awards booklet found here has a full list of this year's winners.

We have found that our students and many of their family members are using Twitter to get instant information and updates. Therefore, please go to to access up-to-date information.

Our Facebook page with current information can be accessed at and there is a separate facebook page where past pupils can share information and stories which is accessed by clicking the link at the bottom of our school website,

4th April 2014

  • Tomás O'Rourke, CEO of the Teaching Council and past pupil, will be this year's guest at the Annual Student Awards night which will take place on 14th May at 7.30 pm.
  • An inspection of Business subjects will take place on MOnday 7th April.
  • Gards Ralph Holmes will talk to parents on Cyberbullying on Wednesday night next, 9th April, at 7.30 pm.

5th February 2014


Congratulations to the Intermediate Athletics Team, coordinated by Mr Kehoe, on qualifying for the next round at a competition yesterday.

Mock Exams

Exams begin today for 3rd Years and tomorrow for 6th Years. 
Good luck to all.

Parent Council
A meeting of the Parent Council will take place tonight at 7.30 pm in Room F5. All welcome.

Incoming First Year Assessment Tests

Tests will be held in the school gym on Friday 28th February at 2pm. You will need a pen, pencil and rubber for the tests.
Looking forward to meeting all of you.

30th October 2013


Eamonn Murphy, Transition Year, has been selected on the Irish Science Olympiad team following intense competition from students all over Ireland. The top three students in the country, which included Eamonn, were awarded gold medals and these 3 students, along with the three silver medal winners, will be the Irish team which travels to India on December 1st to represent us at the international competition.


20th October 2013

Industrial Action
You will be aware that teachers in voluntary secondary schools around the country are engaged in industrial action that has prevented the Open Night and Parent-Teacher Meeting going ahead after school. It is unclear at this stage if the restrictions placed by the union will persist or if discussions between the parties will resolve the matter. Our BOM has decided to wait and see for the remainder of the month and will make a decision on the matter in November. A letter will issue from the school when a decision is made.

Sixth Year Pre-Mock Exams
The 6th Years will sit their pre-mock exams this week and will not sit exams at Christmas. This has been very effective in early identification of problem areas for students and teachers. The results will be posted on our online portal. Usernames and passwords are available from the school for this service.

Kolkata (Calcutta)
Ms. Theresa O'Neill, accompanied by Mr Jason Reamsbottom, is leading a group of seven students on an immersion trip to Kolkata. This is the seventh immersion trip from the school since 2000. 

August 2013

We welcome our new students and the return of the other students to school and wish all of you and your families the very best for the coming year.We also welcome new staff, Patrick Balfe, Pauline Breen and Liam Bannon.

Best of luck to Ms Suzanne Wall and she undertakes study and a new career. She will be missed. Also, congratulations to Liam O'Brien on his appointment as principal in Scoil Airegail in Ballyhale, Kilkenny.

June 11th

The latest new is available in the June Newsletter here.

30th April

Meitheal 2013/14

Following interviews yesterday, the following students have been selected for Meitheal 2013/14:

  1. Patrick O'Grady
  2. Craig Brophy
  3. Joshua McGuill
  4. David Walshe
  5. James Reddy
  6. Thomas Darragh Wogan
  7. Michael Calvey
  8. Jack Watson
  9. Evan O'Carroll
  10. Craig Brophy
Well done lads. Training will take place in June.

28th April

Cycle to School

A Cycle to School day will take place on Tuesday 30th April. Staff and students are asked to cycle to school.

Heritage Cycle

The Transition Year classes will take part in  a cycle to areas of interest in Heritage Studies next week. They will be accompanied by Mr. Kealy, Mr Browne and Mr Nolan.

Awards Night

Awards Night will take place on Thursday 9th May. The guest of honour will be John Tracey, Olympic Silver medallist.

Subject Choice for 5th Year

The process of selecting subjects for 5th Year is almost completed.

Parent Council

The next meeting of the Parent Council will take place on Wednesday 1st May at 8pm.

9th February 2013

Our sympathy and prayers are with the Behan Family on the loss of Liam in tragic circumstances.

Mock Exams
The school is open to students doing mock exams who were absent due to the funeral of Liam Behan or for other reasons.

Burkino Fasa
Best wishes to Patrick O'Grady and Mark Lawlor, along with their teacher Ms Aileen Tennant as they start their journey to Africa on this Self Help Africa project. Thanks to everyone who supported their fundraising efforts - a great success.

2nd February 2013

Mock Exams
The 3rd and 6th Years are currently doing their Mock Exams. Good luck to all.

Concern Debate
Congratulations to our Debating team of Austin Fahy, Barry Neenan, Brad Lee and Barry Walshe, under the guidance of Ms. S Wall. They succcessfully proposed the motion that 'the world is unable to sustain its growing population', overcoming a very good Castlecomer CS team.

Garda Ralph Holmes gave an excellent presentation to students in First Year on the dangers associated with inappropriate use of the Internet and substance abuse.
Garda Holmes will also give a presentation to parents on Tuesday 19th February at 7.30pm.

CBS Factor
Following the very successful CBS Factor Talent Show last year, we have decided to run the event this year again. Entry forms are available from Ms. Cleary and should be returned before the mid-term break. The event will take place in mid-March.

Developing World
Two trips to the DEveloping World are planned for this year. Two students, Patrick O'Grady and Mark Lawlor, will accompany Ms. A Tennant to Burkino Faso (Africa) later this month. This project is organised by Self-Help Africa.
In June a group of 8 students will travel to Kolkata (India) as part of the Immersion Project. The organising teachers are Ms. T O'Neill and Mr J Cronin.

16th January 2013

Senior Football
Despite a brave performance our senior team lost to Newbridge by a single point in injury time. The game was close throughout the hour and with five minutes to go we were a point ahead. However, at the final whistle we were a point in arrears. Well done to Mr Browne and Mr Nolan and the panel of players for a brave performance.

U-15 Soccer
Our soccer team had a 6-2 win over St. Kieran's, Kilkenny, during the week and now qualify for the next stage of the competition. Well done Ms Power and Mr O'Brien and the squad of players.

Jumble Sale
Ms Tennant and her team have organised a Jumble Sale for next Wednesday 23rd January in an effort to raise funds for the trip to Africa at mid-term. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Our Debating Team had a narrow loss to Carnew this week in the Concern Debate. The team of Evan McDermott, Barry Walshe, Brad Lee and Patrick O'Grady proposed the motion that 'The UN should be consigned to the scrapheap of history' and provided very credible arguements to support their case. Hopefully, the lads will continue to be involved in debating and fine-tune their debating skills for the future.

12th December 2012

Second Year CSPE

2L CSPE decided to raise funds for the local St Vincent de Paul by organising a “Jersey Day”. They invited Mr Frank Holden in to talk to them about the history of the organisation and about the work that they do to help those in need all year round. They then incentivised all students to wear a jersey by offering a prize of €20 for the most unusual jersey on the day. They raised €550 and recently presented the cheque to Frank Holden who complimented them on their initiative and thanked them sincerely for raising funds that will be put to good use to help families this Christmas time.

Photo of 2L making a presentation of €550 to Frank Holden of St Vincent de Paul, proceeds from their Jersey Day, ( cspe action)

2M CSPE broke with tradition when it came to their action project and decided to run a Bake Sale in order to raise funds for the Bennekerry Active Retirement Group. Mrs Anne Dunne, Chairperson of the group had come in to talk with the students about the origins of the group and the kind of activities that members get involved in.  She invited the students to come out to the Palatine Clubhouse to participate in some of the activities after Christmas and the lads can’t wait to go. The Bake Sale was a resounding success and they raised €205 which was presented to Mrs Dunne on the day of her visit. She later contacted the class to ask them to go to her face book page in order to see the lovely photo of the presentation that was taken of them on that day! The entire venture was as a result of discussions in class on the concept of Positive Ageing.

Christmas Exam Results

All results will be entered on EPORTAL by Monday 17th December at 4pm.

Christmas Holidays

Holidays begin on Friday 21st December at 12.30pm

Parent Council

Helena McKenna is the new chairperson of the Parent Council. Mary Kehoe is the secretary and Joe McGloinn is treasurer.

5th December 2012

Christmas Exams

Christmas Exams for 2nd, 3rd and 5th Years are underway this will and will finish on Friday 7th December

German Debating

Congratulations to the Debating team of Patrick O'Grady, Bill Calvey, Ollie Burke and Colin Rowland on their win over Gaelcholaiste Ceatharlach last week. Their coach is Ms. Allan.


Congratulations to our past pupils on winning Entrance Scholarships to various universities this year. The winners were:

1. Connie Coughlan, NUI Maynooth
2. Colm McCormack, UCD
3. Conor Maguire, TCD

Next BOM Meeting

The next meeting of the BOM will take place on Thursday 13th December at 5.30 pm.

15th November 2012


Board of Management

The members of the BOM for the period 2012 -2015 are:

Trustee Reps:   Eamonn Brophy (Chairman), Mark Mulhern, Mary Platt & John O'Shea
Parent Reps:     Helena McKenna & Tina Power
Teacher Reps:   Anne Ahern & Sean Kealy


14th October 2012


We extend a warm welcome to two new staff members, Ms Anita Clare and Ms Sinead Ryan.
We also congratulate Mr. Pat Coffey who has taken a break from teaching to work with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). Mr Coffey will be providing inservice for teachers around the country in numeracy and other professional development areas.

Trad for Trocaire

Thanks to everyone who made our Trad for Trocaire such a success. The musicians were excellent, backboned by the Byrne brothers, Oisin and Ciaran. Hopefully, the funds raise will make a difference in the lives of less well off people.

Sustainable Living

A group of First Years have started on a project to grow food. This project is part-funded by a group called Susliving ( and our caretaker, Martin Power is directing the development of a garden with raised beds and a polytunnel. We would welcome any ideas from students or parents, particularly if you have a particular interest and expertise in this area. Further information later.

6th September 2012


A warm welcome is extended to all our students and their families. We particulary welcome new students in First Year and those that are new in othr year groups.

Building Development

Work has begun on the house/site recently purchased by the school. We hope to develop a car park on the site and this will allow the building of the extension to the rear of the school. Work on the extension should start on October/November, assuming planning permission will be granted.

Junior Cert Results

Junior Cert results will be available from 9 am on Wednesday 15th September. There will be no school for 5th Years on that day. Students are expected to celebrate in an appropriate way, with their families.

Voluntary Contribution

The Voluntary Contribution from parents remains at €80 per student or €120 maximum per family where there is more than one student per family. This contribution is used to pay for the Student Journal (€10), a Personal Accident Insurance Policy for every student, providing cover for all activities, 24 hours per day (€10 including admin), access to eportal (€5) and the remainder to cover costs associated with postage, photocopying and other administration. As the school has already paid €25 per student, it would be greatly appreciated if this portion of the contribution was paid immediately.
Your support this year and in the past is not taken for granted and is much appreciated.

6th June

All Ireland Champion Sprinter

Marcus Lawlor continues to impress and achieve on the track and is proving himself to be one of the most outstanding sprinters in Ireland. On Saturday last, 2nd June, he won both the 100m and 200m All Ireland Schools Championships and is well on the way to representing Ireland in the next Olympics.

1st June 2012

St. Mary’s Academy Awards Night 2012

St. Mary’s Academy CBS celebrated another year of achievement at their annual Awards Night. The event is sponsored by local business and the school appreciates the continued support of so many Carlow stalwarts who gave generously again this year. Many in the Carlow business community are still willing to promote excellence in every arena while meeting the challenges presented by our economic climate. “The school community owes its support to the sponsors of our Awards and I would encourage staff and parents to remember this when an opportunity is presented to do business locally” said Principal of St. Mary’s Academy, Mr. Leo Hogan.

Past pupil Brian Maguire, CEO of Whitelite and Des Shaw, member of the Carlow Senior Hurling squad, were guests. Des was responsible for the display of silverware won by All-Ireland Club Champions, Mount Leinster Rangers and the Division 2 trophy won by Carlow this year. Brian delivered the keynote address in which he remembered fondly his days in the CBS. In particular he recalled his physics teacher, Tom Curry, who inspired him to a career in electronic engineering. Brian emphasised the qualities a person needed to achieve success. He spoke of meeting challenges with determination and encouraged the students to be willing to have a go, learn from mistakes and keep the goal in mind.

Academic awards were presented to Eric Hanley, Bill Calvey and David Kehoe in 1st Year, Eamonn Murphy and Alan Davis in 2nd Year, Mark Lawlor and Mark Dalton in 3rd Year, Paul Gleeson and Keith Tunstead in TY, Jack Laffan and Eoin Lowry in 5th Year and Conor Maguire, Niall Kelly and Dylan Scully in 6th Year. The Award for Best Junior Cert of 2011 went to Paul Gleeson and Best Leaving Cert of 2011 was awarded to Kevin Threadgold. Individual Student of the Year awards were presented to Eoghan Curran 1st Yr. Conor Mcgrath 2nd Yr. D.J. Hanley 3rd Yr. Patrick O’Grady TY, Mark Furey 5th Yr. and Patrick Bevins 6th Yr. David Smyth 6th Yr. took both the Anne Brennan Award and the James Quinn Maths Award. Niall Lowry 3rd Yr. received the Pat Meaney Award. In a most moving moment on the night the Edmund Rice Award was presented to Robert Mc Ginn.

Those students who achieved excellence in extracurricular activities were also rewarded on the night with Gaelic Football Awards going to Paul Behan, Brian Byrne, Adam Brennan and Niall Quinlan. Hurling awards went to Brian Coady, Shane O’Neill and Jason Kenny. Prizes for Soccer were awarded to Evan Lowry, Dylan Salter and Stephen Chalton. Basketball Awards were presented to Oisin Nolan, David McEvoy and Evan O’Carroll. Snooker was represented by Oisin Harte and James Hurley. Awards for outstanding achievement in Rowing were presented to Shane Byrne and Roy Williamson. For achievement nationally and internationally in Athletics, awards were presented to Eamon Murphy and Marcus Lawlor. The Colm Cunningham Cup for Golf was lifted by Mark Coady. The Music Award was presented to Conor Maguire. The winners of the Development Aid category in Young Scientist Competition this year, D.J. Hanley and Keane Nolan, were also recognised for their achievement on the night. Debating honours were taken by both the Irish debating team of Conor Fennell, Mark Lawlor and Senan O’Sullivan and the German debating team of Michael Calvey, Austin Fahy, Patrick O’Grady and Colin Rowland. Patrick O’Grady was also presented with the prize for best Law student of T.Y. Members of Young Environmentalists, Darren Malone, Michael Calvey and Dylan Fitzpatrick, and members of the Peace & Justice group, Thomas Dudley, Ian Bradley and Harry Hynes were awarded for their efforts all year. The Meitheal team and Student Council were also acknowledged and presented with Certificates.

Photographs of award winners can be found at

23rd May 2012

Transition Year Graduation

The Transition Years will finish on Wednesday 23rd following a meal and a short graduation ceremony at which the various certificates of achievement will be presented.

Graduation Mass

The 6th Year Graduation Mass will take place on Thursday 24th May at 7.30 pm. The mass will be celebrated by our school chaplain, Fr. Rory Nolan. Refreshments will be provided by the Parent Council.

A Night for Robert

Robert, from Transition Year, continues to improve following his cancer treatment. It has been a very demanding time for him and his family. Ollie and Denise Hennessy have organised a fundraising night in the Seven Oaks Hotel on Thursday 31st May at 8 pm. Tickets are €5 and are available from the school, the hotel and from the Hennessy family.
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