Muckross Park College

Muckross Park College
Páirc Mhucrois

Motto Veritas
Latin for 'Truth'
Established 1901
Location Donnybrook, Dublin 4,
Republic of Ireland
Students 700
Principal Caroline Lundy
Religious order Dominicans

Muckross Park College is a private Catholic all girls secondary school located in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland. Founded in 1901, the curriculum is traditional, with a broad general programme of subjects and a compulsory Transition year programme. Muckross is one of a number of Dominican schools in Ireland. The school is strong in teaching History.[1]It has a student body of approx 700.

It has a strong reputation as a sporting school, especially in hockey, tennis and basketball. Many former students have gone on to play for Ireland at the international level.

Likewise, academically the school achieves exceptionally high results with regular high rankings in The Irish Times list of feeder schools for 3rd level education in Ireland.


Fashion Show

Every year the transition year students of Muckross collaborate with the Transition year students of St.Michaels College in a charity fashion show.Each year the show has a different theme and is a substantial fundraiser for that year's chosen charity, attendance of the event is in the thousands and growing.


Muckross has a very high standard when it comes to sports teams, especially in hockey. Minor, Junior and Senior hockey teams have won many leinster league titles. The Senior 1 team has also claimed the Senior Cup on numerous occasions and is known to me a formidable side. The senior basketball team "The Cadettes" are also high achievers on the competitive circuit. Other sports include cricket, handball, tennis, swimming, horse riding and athletics, all of which Muckross consistently perform well in.

Past Pupils Union

The Past Pupils Union began 12 years after the school was founded, making it the oldest girl's past pupils union in Ireland. The aim of the Union is to encourage and help past pupils to remain in contact with the school and with each other. They do this mainly through their yearly newsletter – the Muckross Mail – which was started in the early 1970s and by a number of social events such as an Annual Dinner, Bridge morning and lunch, monthly Mass, golf outing and trips abroad. The other major activity the union is involved in is fund raising for the Union's Benevolent Fund which is used to give financial assistance to the Etafeni Playgroup Project in Cape Town (established in 1983 by a group of local women in Nyanga who came together out of concern for children who were deprived of healthy development). They do so through annual subscriptions and from the proceeds of our various functions. Muckross has always been more than just a school. There is a Muckross “spirit” which is very evident whenever past pupils meet. The school's past pupils form a large cross section of Irish women who have fulfilled many and varied roles throughout the years.[2]

Notable alumnae

  • Margaret 'Rita' Childers, wife of president Erskine Childers and advocate of communities and democracy. [4]
  • Emma Donoghue, author of the book "Room", shortlisted for the Man-Booker prize. [5]


  1. ^ Department of Education and Science, Subject Inspection of History, 2006
  2. ^ Muckross Park PPU
  3. ^ Nuala Cary biography, RTE website
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]

External links

Coordinates: 53°19′21″N 6°14′30″W / 53.322391°N 6.241599°W / 53.322391; -6.241599

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