Emer Reynolds directs film

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.  


Susan Whelan is praised for Leicester City success

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

UCD awards honorary degree to Emily Logan

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.

Read more about Emily's achievements


Aileen O'Toole Reminisces












Journalist, Aileen O'Toole (LC 1975), reminisces about her student years in Manor House. 

Click here to read Aileen's article.



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 over 800. Manor House aims to encourage each girl to identify and develop her potential in a caring and disciplined environment.

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.

Class of 1996 Reunion
Moya Doherty Video

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 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!

Address for School Mass in Raheny on 24 September 2014 by Sr Margaret Cashman S.M.G.

As we come to celebrate our Eucharist at the beginning of this Academic Year, we are very proud to have an added dimension to our celebration.

Mother Magdalen, Frances Taylor, the Foundress of our Congregation, the Poor servants of the Mother of God – the Congregation which founded Manor House School -  was declared ‘Venerable’ by Pope Francis earlier this year.  This means that the Church believes she led a very holy life and courageously proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

FRANCES TAYLOR was born in 1832 and died in 1900. She was a remarkable woman who had an amazing journey of faith and a fascinating life story.  Without her influence none of us would be here today.

Frances, or Fanny Taylor, as she was known was the youngest daughter of an Anglican Clergyman, Henry Taylor and his wife Louisa, was born in Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire in January 1832.  Her father was the rector of the Church in Stoke Rochford.  She was the youngest of ten children. In 1842 when Frances was 10 years old, her father died and the family moved to London.  Here Frances came in contact with the poverty stricken of that city.  She was moved to pity by the pain of poverty which was all around her in the streets of London. We can recall from history what the 1840s were like in Ireland.  At a young age, Frances, or Fanny as she was known, resolved to do something to alleviate the sufferings of the poor.

In March 1854 the Crimean War broke out and Frances volunteered to nurse in military hospitals in Turkey.  She left England in January 1855 and was posted to a hospital in Kulalie.  It was here that she met Florence Nightingale and the Sisters of Mercy from  Kinsale.  She was very impressed by the work of the mercy Sisters and with them helped to tend to the Irish soldiers who lay dying far from home.  She wrote letters home to Irish parents telling them about their sons.  She was very struck by the faith of the Irish soldiers who did not seem to be afraid of dying.  Their Irish faith stayed with them to the end.

The influence of the Irish Sisters of Mercy and the Irish soldiers made a great impression on her and through their influence she decided to become a Catholic. She was received into the Catholic Church by a Jesuit priest, Fr. Sidney Woollett.

She returned to England as a Catholic in November 1855 and continued her work with the poor in London. She was encouraged in this work by Cardinal Manning and John Henry Newman.

We must remember that this was in the days before the Welfare State when people were destitute. They had nothing – no Social Welfare.

With some encouragement from her friends she initiated the setting up a Religious Congregation as she felt those already in existence differed from what she wanted – they were not wholly dedicated for work with and for the poor.

Between the years 1869 and 1872 our Congregation came into being. The aim of the foundation being that the members would work with and for the poor as well as striving to become saints themselves.

In the early years of the Congregation Mother Magdalen supported it financially through her literary works but knew that more funding was needed if the congregation was to progress and the poor were to be served. She read the signs of the times and tried to respond to them as best she knew how.

Between 1870 and her death in 1900 she opened hospitals, orphanages, schools and took over workhouses in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy. In all she established twenty six houses during her lifetime. Her motto was that people with whom she worked should have their dignity respected, their independence supported and their uniqueness valued. This is still the Vision today where we work in various services. She was a woman who wanted justice for all and that included respect for all God’s creation.

On 12th June this year Pope Francis announced that the Church believes that she led a very holy life and courageously proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because of this he gave her the title of ‘Venerable’, which means ‘to be respected or honoured, someone who is considered holy and who may be considered for sainthood.

What do we know about saints?

I believe that they can be described as Big Dreamers, Go-Getters and Love Bringers.

Big Dreamers: They make the impossible possible. They do not let the weaknesses of others hold them back from doing good! They believe that with God on their side, no one and nothing can stop them realizing their goal.

Go-Getters: they believe what is written in the Gospels. They give all, love God above all things, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and don’t wait for someone else to do the good – they jump in first!

Love Bringers: they bring love in big and little ways. They try to see Christ in every person and in every situation.

The ‘Big Dreamers, the Go-Getters and the Love Bringers’ help us believe that love is the most important thing in the world. Their lives tell us that what matters most in life is not what you earn or own, not the job you have of the people you know. What really matters is how much we love God, others and ourselves and how well we show that love in all that we do.

So, this remarkable woman, Venerable Magdalen Taylor was a visionary, a prophet in her day, a trendsetter in so many ways, a person who took risks. She was enabled to do this because she was a woman of courage, faith, conviction, humility and complete trust in God.

So you can see that Mother Magdalen has left us a wonderful legacy – we think of her alertness to the needs of the people of her time and how she responded so generously and creatively. In one of her many letters to the Sisters she told them to ‘go off and work for those in need', those who perhaps have no friends but ourselves and to go with great faith and great courage’.

We too must read the signs of the times and respond as best we can. Many of the services she tried to provide in her day are now being provided by the state but there is still work to be done in other areas. What would you consider the signs of the times today? What are the needs to be addressed? A culture of suicide, homelessness, drugs, trafficking of women and children, prostitution and many others.

If Mother Magdalen were here today what would her approach be to these ills of our society?

In our own everyday lives it is important that we have a positive attitude, that we look out for one another. In school there may be students who feel they have no friends and as a result feel lonely and are not achieving to the best of their ability. Mother Magdalen would want us to befriend people like these. Remember her saying ‘God doesn’t have favourites and we are all the same in God’s sight’.

Nothing is more important than the human person so we should treat others with the same dignity and respect with which we would like to be treated ourselves.

Mother Magdalen told us to always be grateful to God for all we have got – ‘let Deo Gratias’ be always on your lips’.

May all associated with Manor House – students, teachers, parents and staff - benefit by what it has to offer and may your association with it bring happiness, joy, fulfilment and a blessed future to each one of you. May you always have a profound respect for one another. May God bless each one of you, shed His light upon you and give you His peace. Thank you all very much.