St Paul's - A Walk Through Memory Lane
The Sisters of Charity of St Paul the Apostle accepted an invitation from Archbishop John Charles McQuaid to start a school on the outskirts of Dublin.
They purchased 50 acres of land (formerly Taylor’s Farm) for the building of St Paul’s primary and secondary schools, St Peter’s boys’ primary school and the Church of the Holy Spirit. The Sisters also built a convent adjacent to the school.
The first 62 pupils enrolled in St Paul’s Secondary School, initially in a few prefab classrooms, with Mother Malachy taking the reins as the first principal.
The school grew in size to 750 pupils. As a result, space became tight, resulting in the first years being brought by bus to be taught in classrooms in St Kevin’s GNS, Kilnamanagh.
A new extension was built to accommodate the growing numbers. This comprised two wings – the 40s and 50s – and a central concourse.
The school was damaged by fire, which caused the hall to burn down and the building to suffer extensive smoke damage.
The hall was rebuilt and its official opening was held. The school also celebrated its silver jubilee.
Two students, Elizabeth Dowling and Jean Byrne (RIP), were crowned the 1992 Young Scientists of the Year for their project, “A Picture Winged Insect – Population Dynamics of a Thistle Predator Terellia Serratulae.’
The students of Sister Elizabeth Walsh also won a top award at the European Commmunity Contest for Young Scientists at Expo’92 in Seville, and were guests of honour that year at the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm.
A new wing – the 60s – was added to the school and was officially opened by Bishop Eamonn Walsh.
The Millennium window was designed and painted by 5th year students.
St Paul’s received its first green flag from Mary Harney. It received its second one in 2005 from Trevor Sargent and its third green flag in 2010 from Eamonn Ryan.
The Pavilion Café opened in the school, serving breakfast and lunch to students.
The blessing of the school’s new oratory took place and the school library opened that same year.
The school entered into a new phase in its history when the Sisters of St. Paul, along with other congregations, transferred the trusteeship to the Le Chéile Trust.
The role of Le Chéile is the development of a vision of Catholic education. The Trust took over the legal, financial and inspirational role of trusteeship that had been the responsibility of individual congregations.
The school’s new outdoor sports facilities opened.
The convent land was sold and the Sisters moved into houses locally. A new astro sports pitch was built in the school, and a new car park was constructed.
St Paul's Leadership through the Years
2018 – 2020
2008 – 2018
1993 – 2008
Sr Mary Clare Dunne
Sr Honore Breen
1972 – 1978
Sr Gerard Brady
1968 – 1972
1965 – 1968
2012 – 2020
2003 – 2012
1995 – 2002
1987 – 2003
1983 – 1987
1972 – 1983
The Quaker Girl
The Sound of Music
Love from Judy
The Sound of Music
My Fair Lady
The Wizard of Oz
Juno and the Paycock
A Doll’s House