School History

History of St. Mary’s

In 1964 Fr. J. Johnson, Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Drogheda asked the Provincial of the Northern Province of the Irish Christian Brothers, to set up a post-primary school in his parish. In January 1965 a site of one and a half acres was acquired for a residence of a new community of Christian Brothers. The community began to live there on the 27th of September 1967.

In 1965 by Brother Dan Moore was appointed Principal of the new Post-Primary school, which was to be under the management of the Irish Christian Brothers. It was to be known as St. Mary’s CBS. From the small beginnings of two teachers (Brother Moore and John Hurley) and thirty five pupils occupying the hall of the local Congress Avenue National School, it has grown to the present level of almost eight hundred pupils with a teaching staff of over fifty.

Since those early days more than three thousand students have passed through its doors. Their lives have been shaped and influenced by the education they received there. The Christian Brothers left in 1986 and the school became a Diocesan College under the patronage of the Bishop of Meath, changing its name to St. Mary’s Diocesan School.

The school itself has undergone dramatic developments since those early days, moving beyond its prefabricated buildings to the present school which was eventually built and finished in two stages, in 1995 and 2000 and added to with our new monastery building which was completed in 2015, providing two additional science labs, a new art room and a music room, alongside an office, staffroom and storage space for each new room. Today St. Mary’s Diocesan School has a student population that is ever growing at over 850 students for 2020/21 and it continues to serve the town of Drogheda as well as the surrounding areas faithfully.