VERY SHORT HISTORY OF MANOR HOUSE SCHOOL

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

The congregation of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God was founded in 1869 by Frances Taylor. In 1952 the sisters were invited by the parish priest of Raheny, Monsignor W Fitzpatrick to open a convent and a primary school in his parish. Manor House was purchased from Mr Morgan Mooney in March of that year. In 1953 the Junior School opened with twelve pupils. The Secondary School opened in September 1956 with two teachers. Due to an increase in demand for places in the Secondary school, there was a first extension in 1964 and a second one in 1977. The junior School was phased out during the 1960's. Originally the school was a private fee-paying establishment. In 1967, it joined the free education scheme. A Board of Management was set up in 1989. The first lay Principal was appointed in June 1995. The current enrolment of students is 770. Manor House aims to encourage each girl to identify and develop her potential in a caring and disciplined environment. Here is a copy of the address given by one of our sisters, Sister Margaret Cashman SMG, at a School Mass in 2014.

Recently there has been a new development for the school and our trustees. The Poor Servants established a new trust with 12 other religious orders. So, we are now a school in the SMG tradition under the trusteeship of the Le Chéile Schools Trust.

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OUR ALUMNI: STRONG WOMEN MAKING AN IMPACT

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Elizabeth Corcoran, Barrister

Past pupil, Elizabeth Corcoran, was called to the bar in 2009. Having a PhD in banking, corporate, finance and securities Law, Elizabeth now specialises in financial services law.

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Ann Nolan, 2nd Secretary General in Finance

Past pupil, Ann Nolan, was the Department of Finance’s deputy head and was a key figure in the State’s bailout and restructuring of the banking sector during the financial crisis. She was a central player in the initial public offering of AIB and had been with the department for 32 years before retiring in July 2017. She played an instrumental role in the restructuring of the financial sector and overhaul of the legislation on financial regulation following the crisis. She was heavily involved in the establishment of Nama in 2013, the liquidation of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, formerly Anglo Irish Bank, in 2013 and recovery of taxpayers’ investments in bailed-out banks. Ann was also instrumental in the formulation of emergency banking laws introduced in December 2010 which allowed the State seize AIB that month and helped banks to impose losses on junior bondholders the following year.

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Eimear Nic Lughadha, Senior Researcher in Kew

Past pupil, Eimear Nic Lughadha, is the Senior Research Leader in Conservation Assessment and Analysis in Kew Botanic Gardens. UK and US Scientists have compiled the most comprehensive list of land plant species ever published (300,000 species in all). They hope this will boost conservation, trade and medicine. Eimear is the senior scientist at Kew responsible for the list.

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Emer Reynolds, Film Director

Past pupil, Emer Reynolds, directed the film 'The Farthest'. It will be shown at the Dublin Film Festival on 26 February, 2017. She was interviewed by Eithne Shortall for the Sunday Times on 12 February 2017. Here is a link to that interview, in pdf format.  

 

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Alex Barclay, Author

We were delighted to welcome back a past pupil and best-selling crime-writer, Alex Barclay, to cut the ribbon on our revamped school library. A successful author, published by Harper Collins, Alex has spoken about her work in online interviews here and here.

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Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of IHREC

Past pupil, Emily Logan, has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by University College Dublin in recognition of her outstanding dedication and commitment to improving human rights, in particular those of children in Ireland. She is now the Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), which is Ireland’s national human rights and equality institution. Read more about Emily's achievements

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Susan Whelan, CEO of Leicester Football Club

Past pupil, Susan Whelan, CEO of Leicester City Football Club, had a central role in their Premier League victory in 2016. Read about her remarkable success in this Newspaper Article and in this Sports Blog

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Mary O'Dea, Financier

Past pupil, Mary O’Dea, was appointed Director of Securities and Markets Supervision in the Central Bank on 1 September 2017. Mary previously held a number of director roles in the Central Bank, including Director of Financial Operations, Consumer Director and acting Chief Executive of the Financial Regulator.

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Eileen Dunne, Newsreader

Past pupil, Eileen Dunne never loses her cool. Even when the technology lets her down during an RTE News bulletin, Eileen is famous for carrying on, undaunted. Read a little about her here.

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Lorraine Pilkington, Screen Actor

Past pupil, Lorraine Pilkington, left Manor House at the age of 15 to appear in the film, 'The Miracle', directed by Neil Jordan. Since then she is a familiar face as she has graced our television screens in several series, most notably 'Monarch of the Glen', 'The Clinic' and 'Casualty'. 

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Janet Lynch, Primary School Principal

Past pupil, Janet Lynch, has been the Principal of St Eithne's, Raheny, since 2011.

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Annette Shiels, Beauty and Hair Salon Owner

Past pupil, Annette Shiels, is the proprietor of Lemons Beauty and Hair Salons, both on the coast road in Clontarf. Annette has introduced a range of  treatments.

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Frances Mitchell, Business Development Manager

Past pupil, Frances Mitchell, has had a diverse career involving engineering, music and creative ventures. She is now Business Development Manager with Dolmen, a product design and innovation consultancy.

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Anne-Marie Taylor, Management Consultant

Past pupil, Anne Marie Tylor, has a long-standing interest in women in business, which includes co-founding the Board Diversity Initiative, which promotes the appointment of women on boards, and as a steering committee member of the 30% Club. Her new venture, Career Returners, provides consultancy, coaching and training services both for people who want to return to the workforce after an extended absence, and for organizations who want to access this new talent pool.  Having worked for many years with Accenture, Anne-Marie has had a portfolio career over the last few years.  She is non-executive director, currently on the board of the Public Appointments Service and the Irish Hospice Foundation. She is also an executive coach and a freelance management consultant.

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Aine Lawlor, Radio and Television Broadcaster

Past pupil, Aine Lawlor, is a broadcaster with RTE. She is a familiar face and voice on current affairs programmes and is well-known for her grilling of politicians. She also co-presents the excellent 'Week on a Farm' series on RTE. Aine is a breast cancer survivor.

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Bianca Luykx, Magazine Editor

Past pupil, Bianca Luykx, is editor of VIP magazine.

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Jackie Lynam, Librarian at Dublin City Libraries

Past Pupil, Jackie Lynam, works with Dublin City Libraries and is heavily involved in events that promote reading, particularly in the context of Dublin being a UNESCO City of Literature.

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Christine Quigley, Communications Consultant

Past pupil, Christine Quigley,  an Oxford graduate, was a semi-finalist on Mastermind in August 2017. Her specialist topic was Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam novels for which she produced a perfect round of 15. Christine is involved with the Labour Party Irish Socety in London. Here is a link to some of her political articles.

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Sadhbh O'Neill, Climate Policy Advocate

Past pupil, Sadhbh O'Neill, is an environmentalist, researcher and blogger.

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Joyce Rubotham, Molecular Biologist

Past pupil, Joyce Rubotham, is a molecular biologist. She is  a director of and volunteer with the national children’s charity, Children In Hospital Ireland. Follow her blog - Diary of a Wimpy Woman.

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Kate O'Malley, Historian

Past pupil, Kate O'Malley, is the Assistant Editor of the Royal Irish Academy's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series. She is an authority on Indo-Irish relations, having written "Ireland, India and Empire" (published by Manchester Press).

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Deirdre McSharry, Finance Transition Lead

Past pupil, Deirdre McSharry, is Finance Transition Lead at Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK. She is based in Slough, England. Deirdre was a member of the Manor House hockey team that participated in the Southern Skies tournament in Australia in 2005.

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Catherine Barragry, Artist

Past pupil, Catherine Barragry, is an artist who has worked in a variety of community situations as an artist and facilitator. She creates sculpture and performance events.

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Margaret Penrose, Property Buyer's Agent

Past pupil, Margaret Penrose, works at 'Buyer's Agent', an independent property search and acquisition company.

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Orla Clancy, Airplane Pilot

Past pupil, Orla Clancy, is a Captain in Aer Lingus. She was one of the first female pilots to fly for the company.

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Blathnaid Raftery, GP

Past pupil, Blathnaid Raftery, is a GP and is a member of the Tonlegee Road Medical Practice.

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Fionnuala Garvey, Vet

Past pupil, Fionnuala Garvey, is one of only a handful of Irish vets with a postgraduate qualification in Veterinary Radiology, which she earned in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She established the Blessington Pet Hospital in 2004. 

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Sinead Orme, Singer-Songwriter

Past pupil, Sinéad Orme, is a Music graduate and singer-songwriter who lives in Essex. She gigs in Folk Clubs, Theatres and Music Festivals in Essex, Suffolk, Cambridge and London.

Moya Doherty, Riverdance Producer

Past pupil, Moya Doherty of Riverdance fame, gave a wonderful talk to our TY students during Empowering Women week in 2016. Here is the video she showed during the talk.

OUR ALUMNI: STRONG WOMEN MAKING AN IMPACT

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Laura O'Flynn, GP

Past pupil, Laura O'Flynn, completed a degree in Business and German in Trinity College Dubin before returning to the Royal College of Surgeons to study medicine. She has joined her father's practice in Portmarnock and specialises in women's health, obstetrics and diabetic care.

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Doone O'Doherty, Tax Consultant (PWC)

Past pupil, Doone O'Doherty, is a partner in Price Waterhouse Cooper's People and Organisation Tax Practice. Doone helps leading Irish and multinational organisations to reward and mobilise their key people and also supports them in the management of their local and international employment tax obligations. Doone is a member of PWC's Brexit taskforce and also leads the firm's engagement on the introduction of Real Time Reporting for employment tax. Doone graduated from Manor House in 1995, following which she obtained a first class honours degree in Law and German from Trinity College Dublin. She was also awarded a Gold Medal by the Board of Trinity College for exceptional merit in degree exams.  Doone is married with two daughters.

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Kate Murray, Stage Actor

Past pupil, Kate Murray, is a member of the Fregoli Theatre Company and has performed in several big productions including 'The Pillowman' by Martin McDonagh in The Gaeity. She says in a newspaper interview that her Dad, the much-loved broadcaster, Colm Murray, would have been proud of her.

 

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Niamh Lyons, Political Editor

Past pupil, Niamh Lyons, is Political Editor of the Ireland edition of The Times. She appears frequently on the panel of political programmes on RTE and TV3.

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Siofra Moriarty, Senior Consultant, Deloitte

Past pupil, Siofra Moriarty, is a Consultant within the Financial Services - the Strategy and Operations Consulting team in Deloitte. Her team works with retail banking, insurance and investment management clients to help solve complex strategic and operational challenges.   

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Cliodhna and Aoife Duggan, Airplane Pilots

Past pupils, Cliodhna and Aoife Duggan, are pilots with British Airways. Read this article in The Guardian to find out what it's like to work in a male-dominated career.

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Aileen O'Toole, Journalist

Past pupil, Aileen O'Toole, is a journalist who co-founded The Sunday Business Post newspaper in 1989. She reminisces about her student years in Manor House. Click here to read Aileen's lovely article.

  

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Anne O'Gara, Professor of Education

Past pupil,  Anne O'Gara is President of Marino College of Education. She is Adjunct Professor of Education in Trinity College, Dublin.

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Rachel Iredale, Researcher in Cancer Genetics

Past pupil, Rachel Iredale, is a Senior Research Fellow in the Cancer Genetics Service for Wales.

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Brigid McManus, Secretary General in Education

Past pupil, Brigid McManus, was the first female civil servant in Ireland to be appointed to the top job in the Department of Education. She was Secretary General in Education from 2005 to 2012. Brigid is now Chairperson of the Manor House School Board of Management.

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Sara Berkeley, Poet

Past pupil, Sara Berkeley, has had several collections of poetry and a book of short stories published. She lives in San Francisco.

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Aoife Ni Sheaghdha, GP

Past pupil, Aoife Ni Sheaghdha, co-founded the Trinity Clinic. She and her medical colleagues work from two locations - Nassau Street and Hazelwood Court, Artane. Here is a clip of Aoife on TV3 in September 2017. She's explaining about hyperemesis.

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Andrea Nolan, University Vice Chancellor

Past pupil, Andrea Nolan OBE, is the current Vice Chancellor of Napier University in Edinburgh. She trained as a veterinary surgeon before moving into academia.

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Aoife McGrath, Choreographer and Academic

Past pupil, Aoife McGrath, is a lecturer in Queen's University, Belfast. Her research centres on dance and politics. After a professional dance career in Germany and Ireland, Aoife worked as a choreographer, director, critic and dance advisor for the Irish Arts Council. Before joining Queen's in 2012, Aoife lectured at the School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin. Aoife continues to work as a choreographer and has been invited to deliver guest lectures, workshops and master classes in Ireland and internationally.

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Aoife Ní Argáin, Traditional Musician and Teacher

Past pupil, Aoife Ni Argáin, is a primary school teacher and champion performer on Irish harp and concertina. Aoife has toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Ireland as well as in Britain and Canada. She is a member of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland which recently performed all over Ireland and in The Barbican Theatre in London. She performs regularly at State functions at Áras an Uachtaráin and adjudicates the concertina and harp at Fleadhanna Cheoil in Ireland and abroad. Listen to her play the harp on the  Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann  website. 

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Sharen McCabe, Director of Pharmacy Chain

Past pupil, Sharen McCabe, is the Managing Director of the McCabe's Pharmacy chain which has been in business for over 30 years. She and her sisters own 20 pharmacies in Dublin, Limerick, Wexford and Louth.

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Geraldine Grant, University Lecturer and Researcher

Past pupil, Geraldine Grant, is Associate Professor of Cell Biology at George Mason University, in the US state of Virginia.  Her lab currently focuses on the pathogenicity of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and the fibroblast cell.

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Marian Troy, Head of Corporate Affairs, SSE

Past pupil, Marian Troy, is Head of Corporate Affairs with SSE Airtricity Ireland.  Marian holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and Masters degree in Regional and Urban Planning.

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Patricia Dwyer, Post-Primary School Principal

Past pupil, Patricia Dwyer, is Principal of Mercy College Coolock.

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Shauna Mackin, Singer-Songwriter

Past pupil, Shauna Mackin, is a singer-songwriter, who performs with some big names on the circuit in Manchester. 

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Colma Nic Lughadha, National Co-ordinator: CYPSC

Past pupil, Colma Nic Lughadha, is National Co-ordinator for Children and Young People's Services Committees at the Centre for Effective Services. 

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Clodagh Dack, Physiotherapist

Past pupil, Clodagh Dack, is  a Senior Physical Therapist currently working at Rusk, in the NYU Medical Centre, New York. She has worked in the outpatient Neurology department, acute care, ICU care and acute rehabilitation and is particularly involved in the treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis. When Clodagh was in Manor House, her composition "Musical Staircase" was chosen to be performed at the National Concert Hall. Clodagh composed it on a piece of MIDI software called 'Hyperscore'. 

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Miriam Fahey, Technical Writer

Past Pupil, Miriam Fahey, is a technical writer for Skillsoft,  an American educational technology company that produces learning management system software and content. Miriam provided us with the photos that were taken at the LC 1996 Reunion. Thanks, Miriam!

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Aiveen Mullally, Lecturer in Religious Education

Past pupil, Aiveen Mullally, is a lecturer in Marino Institute of Education. Her area is Religious Education.

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Eimear Haughey, Chairperson of Goffs

Past pupil, Eimear Haughey, is chairperson of Goffs, Ireland's leading Bloodstock Sales Company.

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Maria Gormley, Analytical Development Chemist

Past pupil, Maria Gormley, is an analytical development chemist at Helsinn birex pharmaceuticals. Maria captained the Manor House hockey team in the Southern Skies tournament in Australia in 2005.

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Fiona Quigley, Barrister

Past pupil, Fiona Quigley, was called to the bar in 2012. She is also steeped in music, coming from an exceptionally musical family and found time to acquire a music diploma while completing her law exams!

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Sarah Griffin, Novelist

Past pupil, Sarah Griffin, is an author, having published two novels, "Not Lost. A Story About Leaving Home" and "Spare and Found Parts". She is currently working on her third novel.

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Laura Delaney, Entertainment Journalist

Past pupil, Laura Delaney, is an entertainment journalist for RTE. Her interviews, articles and reviews appear online.

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Kathy Prendergast, Artist

Past pupil, Kathy Prendergast, is an internationally renowned artist who has exhibited her work in some of the major galleries across the globe including the Tate in London (see photo below). Her most recent installations were shown from August to November 2017 in the Yokohama Triennale in Japan.

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OUR MILLENNIUM VIDEO

This is how Manor House looked and sounded in the years between 1953 and 1999. Many thanks to Ms Ní Ghallchóir, Ms Moya Doherty and Tyrone Productions for producing this video. Enjoy your trip down memory lane!