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


St. Mary's Academy is a voluntary, boys-only secondary school under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST). Our policies are informed by the ERST Charter and this charter has five key elements:

1.      Nurturing faith, Christian spirituality and gospel-based values

2.      Promoting partnership in the school community

3.      Excelling in teaching and learning

4.      Creating a caring school community

5.      Inspiring transformational leadership

The capacity of the school is approximately 550 students. Our policy is to enhance the educational growth of our students in their intellectual, spiritual, social, artistic, moral and sporting development. The policy is implemented within the context of our Mission Statement:

To create a Christian, caring community of learning in which each member

·         is encouraged to recognize and develop his/her talents and abilities to the full;

·         is respected as a unique human being;

·         and enjoys a sense of confidence and belonging



Leo Hogan


Leo Hogan is from Laois and has been teaching Science and Maths at St. Mary's Academy CBS since 1981. In 2001 he was appointed Deputy Principal on the retirement of Jack Ryan and has been principal since April 2002. He replaces Paul Fields, who is on secondment to Kilkenny Education Centre where he is the director.

He has a keen interest in Irish culture, particularly traditional music, Gaeilge and Gaelic games.



Louise Williamson


Louise Williamson is a native of Carlow town and has been teaching Religion and English in the school since 1982. Over the years she has been involved in training debating teams and public speakers and most recently promoting a love of reading in the development of the school library.

Louise has also been active in highlighting Justice and Peace issues in fundraising and information campaigns through the work of the Justice and Peace Group in the school.



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