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.

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.  

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.

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

 

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

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.

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.

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'. 

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.

Janet Lynch, Primary School Principal

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

Annette Shiels, Beauty and Hair Salon Owner

Past pupil, Annette Shiels, is the proprietor of Lemons Beauty Salon and Lemons Hair Salon, both on the coast road in Clontarf. Annette has introduced many new treatments.

Frances Mitchell, Business Development Manager

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

 

Niamh Lyons, Political Editor

Past pupil, Niamh Lyons, is Political Editor of the Ireland edition of The Times. She appeared frequently on the panel on the Vincent Browne show on TV3.

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.

  

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.

Rachel Iredale, Cancer Researcher

Past pupil, Rachel Iredale, is heavily involved in Cancer Genetics research, in two universities in Wales.

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.

 

Brigid McManus, Top Civil Servant

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.

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.

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.

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.   

Andrea Nolan, University Vice Chancellor

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

Class of 1996 Reunion