Manor House School, Raheny

Manor House School is a large Roman Catholic second-level all-girls school in Raheny, Dublin, Ireland, attached to a convent, and with sporting facilities. The school had an enrolment of 773 in 2017.[1]

Manor House School
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The entrance gates to Manor House Convent, to the east of the school; the granite gate piers are among the last visible remains of the original Manor House.
Watermill Road, Raheny, Co. Dublin, D05 R827

TypeVoluntary secondary school
MottoCredo, Spero, Confido
(Believe, Hope, Trust)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Poor Servants of the Mother of God
Established1952; 71 years ago (1952)
PrincipalMary O'Neill
Age12 to 18
Number of students800
Colour(s)   Blue and navy


Manor House occupies a complex of red-brick buildings on the road from North Bull Island to Raheny village centre, formerly the site of Manor House (originally Beyttyville House) which was demolished in 1957 in the early days of the school. The school site is bounded by the Santry River and Watermill Road.


The Catholic Parish of Raheny asked religious order the Poor Servants of the Mother of God to open a convent and schools in 1952, and the order, having agreed, bought Manor House in March 1952. The original Georgian house was constructed around the year 1760 and was called Bettyville but this was later changed to Manor House.[2] The original brick fronted house was demolished in 1957 and few remaining elements of the original structure exist except for the original rusticated granite gate piers which were repurposed.[3]

The first element, a primary school, opened in 1953, and a fee-charging secondary school began with the new school year in 1956. Although the economy was on the rise, many parents could not afford the bi-annual payment. The secondary school grew, and the school part of the complex of buildings was extended in 1964 and 1977. In 1967, Manor House joined the free education scheme. By the early 1970s, the primary school was closed. The Poor Servants of the Mother of God reduced their role in later decades, and created a Board of Management in 1989, on which their appointees held four out of eight seats, with the school principal attending as Board secretary but not voting. The first lay principal was appointed in 1995.[citation needed]

In 2007, the school sold the most remote field of its sports grounds, and this has been developed with apartments. In 2009 the school was transferred to the Le Chéile Schools Trust.[4]

In 2018 the school and Fighting Words published a book of short stories by Transition Year students, Beyond Boundaries, with support from established author Sinead Moriarty and with Roddy Doyle joining the launch.[5][6]


The Le Cheile Trust, set up by a range of religious orders to oversee and act as trustee for their former schools, continues to operate with the order's ethos. The Board of Management is formally appointed by the Trust and operates within the framework set by the Trust. Several members are directly chosen by the Trust, others are nominated by parents and teachers, and the Principal is a non-voting attendee at Board meetings.

Reputation and progressionEdit

This school has a reputation for excellent Leaving Certificate results and was ranked 112th in the Sunday Times list of the top 400 (out of over 700) secondary schools in Ireland in 2010. Progress to third level runs between 75 and 80%, led by, in order, Dublin City University, Technological University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.[1]


Manor House has several science laboratories. There is also a library, renewed in 2017 and opened by past pupil and author Alex Barclay.


The school fields teams in a wide range of inter-scholastic sports, including: athletics, badminton, basketball, camogie, cross-country, field hockey, gaelic football and soccer. The school's volleyball team reached the All-Ireland twice, while their gaelic football and camogie teams also reached their respective All-Ireland several times. The field hockey team has reached the Leinster Final once.[citation needed].

In 2005, a Government-funded new gym hall was commenced, being opened by the Taoiseach on the 12th of February 2007.[7]

Notable alumniEdit

References and footnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Irish Times - Feeder Schools - Manor House School, as retrieved 27 Feb 2018
  2. ^ "Manor House School, Watermill Road, Raheny, BETTYVILLE (CO. BY.), Dublin 5, DUBLIN". Buildings of Ireland. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Raheny - Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)". Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Le Cheile Newsletter, vol. 3, issue 1" (PDF). Le Cheile Trust. p. 1. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Launch of Beyond Boundaries at Manor House School, Raheny". Fighting Words. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  6. ^ Manor House School (2018). Beyond boundaries. Dublin. ISBN 978-0-9935827-2-1. OCLC 1246485493.
  7. ^ Dublin, Ireland: Department of the Taoiseach:
  8. ^ a b c d e "Past Pupils". Manor House School, Raheny. Retrieved 8 March 2023.
  9. ^ a b c d e O'Toole, Aileen (9 October 2013). "My old school photo". Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  10. ^ Leonard, Sue (25 January 2014). "Sarah Maria Griffin". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 8 March 2023.
  11. ^ "'My father had nine lives... and lived life to the full' - Seán Haughey on family politics and the Arms Crisis". Irish Independent. Retrieved 24 March 2023.

Further readingEdit

  • Dublin: Garrett, Arthur; 1990: Through Countless Ages

External sourcesEdit

Coordinates: 53°22′43″N 6°10′23″W / 53.378485°N 6.173067°W / 53.378485; -6.173067