Loreto Abbey, Dalkey

Loreto Abbey, Dalkey

Loreto Abbey Dalkey is a Catholic secondary school for girls, under the auspices of the Sisters of Loreto. The school is owned by the Trust Board of the Sisters of Loreto. Adjoined is also Loreto Girls National School.


Loreto Abbey Dalkey opened as a school in 1843. It is a member house of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). The Institute was founded in the 17th century by Mary Ward (1585 - 1645), a pioneer of education for Catholic women, and today it has establishments in five continents.

The Irish branch of the Institute was founded in 1821 by Frances Teresa Ball (1794 - 1861), a native of Dublin. Her first foundation was at Rathfarnham and was called Loreto Abbey, from which title the sisters became known as Loreto sisters. All subsequent foundations were also called Loreto.there are about 40 rooms in the school

When Loreto Abbey Dalkey was founded Dalkey was a small fishing village, though in earlier times it had been well known as the Port of Dublin. Along its rocky seashore lay a common which Frances Teresa Ball perceived to be an eminently suitable site for her foundation. While negotiating its purchase, she rented Bulloch Castle, opposite Bulloch Harbour, where she operated a small boarding and day school from 1841 until 1843. In 1842 she succeeded in buying the site at Dalkey.

Frances Teresa Ball was her own architect and her castellated building of Dalkey granite was opened as a boarding and day school on the 17 August 1843. In 1982, the boarding school closed. It has 630 pupils on its rolls today. It also has 70 members of staff.

The principal of the school is Mr Robert Dunne.

Subjects for First Years

Sex Ed





Home Economics

Business Studies








Religious Education

Information Technology

Physical Education
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Distinguished past pupils

* Sally Stapleton - Drummer in Nine IX Lives
* Hilary Frayne Weston - 26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
* Blanaid Callan - All- Ireland Senior Mens Gaelic Football Champion 2007
* Anna Fayne - Miss Ireland 1994
*Sara Nolan- Miss World 1992
* Carla Kelly - R&B star Sings (A duet With Snoop Dogg)
* Anna Hickey - Gangster Rap Artist (accused of shooting 2pac)
* Brogan Doyle - Full time giraffe expert.. current owner of dublin zoo

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