Spiritan School in Rathmines since 1890

Josh Begley Taylor RIP, Class of 2017

As part of the homecoming arrangements, Josh's cortege will drive through the school tomorrow, Saturday, at 2pm. Fr Dick will do a blessing at the front steps. The Class of 2017 and other friends will provide a Guard of Honour observing appropriate public health precautions. 

Begley-Taylor, Josh (Rathfarnham, Dublin, Class of 2017, St. Mary’s College C.S.Sp., Rathmines and UCD), aged 21 years, July 27, 2020 following a tragic accident in Marbella; adored eldest son of Denise and John and best big brother to Luke and Oliver. Josh will be forever loved and missed by his heartbroken Mum and Dad, his brothers, his loving nanny Taylor (Phil), his aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and his vast circle of friends. He touched so many.

May he rest in peace

Reposing at his home on Saturday (August 1) afternoon from 3.00 o’c until 7.00 o’c. Removal on Monday (August 3) morning to Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham to arrive for Funeral Mass at 11.00 o’c and then to Mount Venus Cemetery, Rockbrook, Rathfarnham. Family members, relatives and friends permitted inside the Church is limited to 50 persons. The Mass will be streamed by webcam, see Rathfarnhamparish.ie. It will also be relayed over the public address system for those attending outside in the grounds of the Church. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.  

General Information for 2020-2021

Dates for the coming academic year

First Year rugby starts the week of 24th August.

Classes for all resume in the week of 31st August.

Times will be arranged as soon as the government’s back-to-school protocols are published in August.

Dates for each term next year are contained here.



Uniforms can be ordered online. Public health advice permitting, there will be the usual sale of uniforms in the school in the week of August 24th. All are encouraged to buy online where possible. The following links may be useful.

Uniformity statement & size guide May 2020

Uniformity Senior School uniform checklist May 2020

Uniform & Deportment Letter to parents



1st Year Booklist 2020 2021

2nd Year Booklist 2020 2021

3rd Year Booklist 2020 2021

 Junior Cycle Subject Information Sheets

4th (TY) Year Booklist 2020 2021

5th Year Booklist 2020 2021

6th Year Booklist 2020 2021


School Fees

Senior School Fee Policy

Senior School Fee & Direct Debit Letter June 2020

SEPA Direct Debit Mandate


Masses in July

Weekly Zoom link:


Meeting ID: 820 2463 6383

Password: chapel

IPads for 1st Years

In St. Mary's we use a combination of iPads, virtual books in school and physical books at home.  We also use a range of educational apps along with the Google suite for education that includes Google Classroom.  It is a system that has enabled us to move to online classes almost seamlessly in the last three months.

All of this; iPad, books and apps are purchased through our partners Wriggle.ie and delivered directly to you, for your son to use in September.

They provide an educational tool for your son rather than a toy.  The iPad is heavily restricted and monitored - the wireless network that he will use in school is provided by the Department of Education and is similarly restricted and monitored.  As such bringing your own iPad does not work.

Full details about their service are provided in this PDF and the powerpoint presentation below.


Power Point

The important details:

School: St Mary’s College Rathmines
School Store Code: 92528552
Store closing date: 3rd June

Financing for this product and service is available through wriggle and FlexiFi.

I am available at any time to answer questions on how it all works and resolve any difficulties that you encounter.

Please feel free to contact me at this email address or by phone on 0872892528

One very frequently asked question is whether to go for the 32gb or 128gb version - in practice both work fine but as time goes on the 32gb version will need more attention in terms of deleting photos and videos as they are taken - Google provides unlimited storage as part of its educational service so there are ways around this.  We would recommend the stronger case.

John Nisbet
Apple Teacher
St. Mary's College C.S.Sp.

Archival Material


Much archival material has been digitised through the support and good offices of two past pupils, Mr Vincent McGovern (1952) and Mr Liam Birkett (1959). 

It comprises downloadable versions of each of the College annuals, as well as the school newsletter, An Realt, and a downloadable edition of Fr Maher's 'A History of St Mary's 1890 - 1990'.

It can be accessed here.

In addition, we have received photographic negatives from the family of the late J G Maguire, AFIAP, who was the College photographer for many years. Many of Mr Maguire's photographs are accessible by following the links below. They have been digitised from medium format negatives through the generosity of John Gunn Camera Shop

Finally, there are photographs from the College's existing collection:

Pre-1914 mainly sports pics


1940 - 1970 Misc