Our School

“Small enough to care, large enough to challenge.”

French Debaters beat Blackrock in Quarter-finals.

St. Conleth’s College is a private Catholic school founded in 1939 by Bernard Sheppard which has for over seventy-five years continued and expanded upon its founder’s vision: to encourage the educational development of the child and fulfil the pastoral role inspired by the school’s patron: St. Conleth, a Sixth Century saint and ‘moulder of precious metals.’ From Junior Infants to the Leaving Certificate, pupils at St. Conleth’s benefit from a rare melding of tradition and innovation which enables them to remain well-grounded yet adaptive to a changing world.

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St. Conleth’s provides a happy, healthy and safe environment in which students may develop their own personal gifts and interests to the best of their ability. Excellence, perseverance and mutual respect are encouraged in a spirit of discipline and co-operation in academic, sporting and extra-curricular endeavour.

Since its foundation, the school has been imbued with the robust Christian values of its founding family and its patron, St. Conleth, a 6th Century saint and ‘moulder of metals’. From the very outset in Junior Infants, students in St. Conleth’s today benefit from a rare melding of tradition and innovation, which enables them to remain well grounded yet adaptive to our ever-changing world.


The key benefits of enrolling your son or daughter in St. Conleth’s:

  • small class sizes
  • a long-established reputation for moulding well-rounded, confident and competent pupils
  • a safe, secure place where routine and order co-exist with the imagination and creativity
  • an environment where academic excellence is holistically promoted and achieved, and each pupil is encouraged and enabled to reach their own academic potential
  • the nurturing of athletic, debating, musical and artistic skills and their further development in friendly competition
  • a school community which emphasises education as a tripartite dynamic: pupil, teacher and parent
  • an ethos which is centred on respect for one-self and others, and encourages an active engagement with the wider, local community


Principal Senior School: Donal ÓDulaing

Deputy Principal Senior School: Angelina Hopkins

Donal with DP Angelina Hopkins

Principal Junior School: Tony Kilcommons

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Head of Preparatory School (Junior Infants – 1st Form): Dolores Kelly

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In 2014, Director Ann Sheppard and then Headmaster Kevin Kelleher celebrated 75 years of St. Conleth’s. The Sheppard-Kelleher family has exemplified the ‘fide et fortitudine’ or ‘faith and courage’ of our motto, having led the development of the school since its foundation in 1939.


 St. Conleth’s College Mission Statement

St. Conleth’s College aims to foster an environment where our students grow as individuals in every aspect of their lives. As a school we strive to enable each one to arrive at a fully rounded character, inspired by Christian charity and rooted in Gospel values. Being a small, tightly-knit community, our Catholic ethos and family atmosphere underpin our entire educational philosophy. To this end we welcome the continuous support of parents and guardians, recognising their primary role in the students’ growth and development.

St. Conleth’s seeks to provide a fully rounded Catholic education for all of its students by:

  • creating a happy, healthy and safe environment in which all students may develop their own personal gifts and interests, be valued for who they are, and experience true equality amongst themselves
  • celebrating and deepening our Catholic faith through prayer, liturgy, religion classes, and the general fostering of Christian values
  • providing a disciplined environment in which teaching and learning can take place in a spirit of co-operation
  • promoting academic excellence and habits of perseverance in students
  • equipping students with the necessary moral, social and cultural qualities useful for adult life, and offering them guidance regarding their future role and career in society
  • fostering dignity in the workplace and encouraging respect among, and between, teachers, staff and students
  • ensuring that students and staff of other churches and faiths are respected and encouraged in their religious beliefs and practices,
  • respecting students and staff who follow other beliefs and philosophies, and with whom we share common values of equality, peace, justice, dialogue and concern for the less fortunate members of society
  • creating a sense of belonging to our local Parish, and also to the wider community around us and in countries of the developing world, and encouraging our students’ involvement in social and religious activities

Ag Críost an síol             Christ’s is the Seed

Ag Críost an fómhar        Christ’s is the Harvest

I-niothalainn dé               Into God’s barn

go dtugtar sinn                May we be brought.


CEO/Manager: Ann Sheppard

Trustees 2019-2020:  Joe O’Dea, Ann Sheppard, Peter Gallagher

Board of Directors 2019-2020:  Vincent Sheridan (chairperson), Tim Bouchier Hayes, Brendan Doyle, Sunniva McDonough, Sean Coakley, Karl Finnegan, Cian Coakley