Convent of Mercy NS

Principal: Mr Niall Rabbitt
Deputy Principal: Mrs Eileen O'Neill Acting Principal
Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.
Phone: 057 933 3558

The Order of the Sisters of Mercy was founded on 12th of December
1831 when Catherine McCauley and two other sisters made their
profession of vows. In the ten years between the founding of the order and
her death on November 11 1841, Catherine founded nine Convents of
Mercy. The first was in Tullamore in April 1836.
The Convent of Mercy School in Kilbeggan opened its doors on
January 10th 1880 and by the end of the month there were 240 pupils on the
rolls. On September 15th 1955 the late Dr. Kyne, Bishop of Meath blessed
and officially opened the modern National School following a decision to
renovate the old National school for the Secondary pupils. In September
1997 the Convent of Mercy National School and Kilbeggan Boys National
School amalgamated to form Scoil an Chlochair (The school of the
convent). In 2003 Bishop Michael Smith of Meath blessed and Mary
O’Rourke, leader of Seanad Eireann officially opened the newly renovated
and extended Scoil an Chlochair. In January, 2016 four new classrooms
and office facilities were opened by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan
O Sullivan.
Catherine told her sisters:
“Each day is a step we make towards eternity, and we
shall continue thus to step from day to day until we
take the last step, which will bring us into the presence
of God.”
Scoil an Chlochair is a Catholic school which was
established by the Sisters of Mercy and is under the
patronage of the Bishop of Meath. Our school is
committed to the educational, moral and spiritual
development of all of the children in our care. Our
mission is to provide the children with a personally
challenging and quality education, which is suitable
to each pupil’s individual abilities. We are committed
to collaborating as a staff with each other, with
parents and others in order to enhance the educational
experience we offer.
Information about the School
Address: Scoil an Chlochair,
Co. Westmeath
Telephone: 057 9332338/ 9333558/9333559
Board of Management
Chairperson: Geraldine Fennell
Staff for 2020-2021
Principal: Niall Rabbitt (on secondment 2020-2021)
Deputy Principal: Eileen O’Neill ( Acting Principal)
Assistant Principal: Caroline Dunne, Padraig Seery
Class Teachers: Florence Guilfoyle, Caroline Dunne, Jean
Wade, Fionnuala Irwin, (Robyn Grimes),
Derek Davey,Kate Rushe, Sinead McLoughlin,
Brenda Watts, Padraig Seery.
Special Educational
Teachers: Carmel Campbell, Rebecca Hannevig, Katie
McDonnell, Aoife Finn, Aoife Sheridan
Special Needs Noleen Costello Debbie Coughlan,
Assistants: Angela Doonan, Mona Kelly, Irene Hanlon,
Secretary: Florrie Gill
Cleaners: Geraldine Hoctor, Aisling Kilroe
Caretaker: Martin Maher