In 1828 our foundress, Catherine McAuley, opened her doors to the poor of Dublin, dedicating her life to the education of young girls. Following in the footsteps, the Sisters of Mercy have been involved in education in Macroom since 1865. Today, we at St. Mary’s are proud to continue this tradition.

With Catherine as our inspiration, we seek to establish a caring environment which enhances the self-esteem and moral integrity of our pupils. Our aim is to enable each girl to avail of the opportunities, to assume the responsibilities and to value the experiences of life. Beginning with Mercy Day Mass to open the school year and following the Church’s liturgical calendar, we celebrate our Catholic identity.


Our school aims to :

  • Provide a grounding in the Catholic faith inspired by Christian values and the Mercy ethos.
  • Educate and inspire students in a secure learning community with positive respectful relationships.
  • Ensure that diversity is welcomed and individuality is embraced.
  • Create an atmosphere which instils a lifelong love of learning and discovery.
  • Provide a well rounded education where effort is acknowledged and each student is challenged to realise their full potential in all aspects of school life.
  • Foster student wellbeing and resilience.
  • Promote an appreciation of the environment and sustainable living.
  • Support the holistic development and wellbeing of all our staff.