History of St Mac Dara’s Community College

The campaign for a second-level school in St. Jude’s Parish, Willington, was led by Rev.Fr. Boland, P.P. in the early 1980s. The Community College, a new concept at that time, involving the County Dublin V.E.C. and the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, was the model selected. Consequently, the Board of Management included representatives of the Archdiocese and of the V.E.C., teaching staff and parents. The Marist Order was nominated by the Archdiocese to sit on the Board. A local site, formerly a stud farm on Wellington Lane, was chosen and the new school building was completed in advance of the opening of the new academic year in September 1982. The official opening of the college took place on Monday, May 7th 1984.   The late John Boland, Minister for Local Government performed the opening ceremony.

St Mac Dara’s has grown from an initial enrolment of 66 students to a student population of over 800.

First Board of Management (1982- 1985)

Parents’ Representatives:  Ms. Christine Hussey(Chairperson) and Mr. Frank Maguire

Co.DublinV.E.C. Representatives:  Deputy Seán Walsh, Deputy Larry McMahon and  Councillor Séamus Ashe.

Archdiocesan Representatives:  Rev. Fr. James O’ Connell, S.M., Sr. Mary Patrick Kiernan, S.M. and Sr. Breege Brennan, S.M. .

Staff Representatives:  Ms. Anne Peakin, Ms. Sheila Canny

First College Staff Members:

Mr. S. McPhillips(Principal), Mr. J. O’ Shea (Vice Principal), Rev. Fr. J. Carr, S.M. (Chaplain) and teaching staff  Ms. S. Canny, Ms. U. Clarke, Ms. M. Levey, Ms. E. Healy, Ms. B. Noonan, Mr. J. O’Reilly, M. A. Peakin and Mr. S. Ryan