Welcome to our school. Scoil Mhuire has been at the forefront of education for girls in Cork since its inception in 1951. Our unique and extensive history, celebrated alumni, and ongoing commitment to the education of each individual pupil, fosters pride in our school’s reputation as a centre for excellence. As the head of the management team and of a committed faculty, I am proud that our Junior and Leaving Certificate grades more than exceed the national average each year. Scoil Mhuire is recognised as a leading school for girls in Ireland.


A warm welcome awaits you at Scoil Mhuire. Working together with you, we aim to provide a challenging and exploratory academic setting for your daughter in which we offer a full complement of school subjects. We want our pupils to be happy, friendly and confident; to use their time and talents well; and to be sensitive, respectful and caring for others, both in school and in the wider community. We encourage then to have an enquiring mind and a lively imagination. We help them to understand their faith intelligently and to live it wholeheartedly, as pupils of a Catholic school which respects at all times the beliefs of other traditions. This, coupled with our aim to enhance the self-esteem and moral integrity of each girl, promises a fulfilling future.


The school is ideally situated in the city, with an excellent rail and bus network at hand. We are highly regarded and an integral part of the local community, continuously fostering altruistic links with community ventures. The full redevelopment of our school buildings promises an enhanced learning experience, consolidating our ambitions for your child.

An educational vision backed by determination, by openness to new possibilities, and by the courage to take risks led to the founding of Scoil Mhuire, over sixty years ago. Today the school still lives by this philosophy.

In studies, Scoil Mhuire aims at the highest academic standards, while always valuing and promoting the varying gifts of individual pupils. We want to make learning a stimulating process at every stage, opening new vistas of discovery, offering new skills, and helping pupils to form disciplined habits of work.

We encourage girls to think intelligently for themselves, to appreciate what is worthwhile in literature and the arts, to know of the daily developing wonders of mathematics and the sciences, to have a sense of the past, and to be aware of the environment, physical and social, in which we live today. We also encourage them to take an interest in and to show an action concern for, those in troubled circumstances, at home or abroad. Apart from work, there are many stimulating out-of-school activities, a great interest being debating – at all levels up to the European Parliament!

Most importantly as a Catholic School we try to live by our convictions. An intelligent understanding of the faith, and putting it into practice both as individuals and as part of the school community, makes us grateful for what we have been given and considerate towards others; and this is at the foundation of that atmosphere of friendship which has been a characteristic of the school from its very beginning.

“Nurturing for Life”

Mission Statement
“Scoil Mhuire seeks to develop the full potential of each individual girl in a caring atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation. Our aspiration is to maintain a balance between academic achievement and the development of moral integrity through the nurturing of the enquiring mind and spirituality of each girl”.


In Scoil Mhuire we seek to establish a caring environment which enhances the self esteem and moral integrity of each pupil, so that they are upright and truthful in their dealings with others, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation.

Our aim is to achieve a balance between nurturing the spirituality of each girl and fulfilling of their academic potential, thus ensuring that our pupils are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

We recognise the need to keep abreast of scientific and information development, and so enable our pupils to participate fully in the complex technological society in which we live and work.

This tradition of personal care and attention has enabled Scoil mhuire to carve out a unique niche in the education of young women in Cork.

Scoil Mhuire was founded in 1951 by the late Miss Katherine M. Cahill, M.A., Miss O’Donovan, M.A and Miss Joan O’Donovan, M.A (who later joined the Dominican Order). The school opened at 2 Sidney Place with seventy pupils aged from nine to seventeen years.

In 1954 when Scoil Ite closed, most of it’s pupils and some staff transferred to Scoil Mhuire, which then became an all age school from kindergarten upwards. Over the years, the buildings occupied by the school have been extended by purchasing adjoining properties. Pupil numbers now exceed 400.

Scoil Mhuire seeks to develop the full potential of each individual girl and to recognise that each pupil who enrols is unique, with different gifts and different needs.

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