History of Our School

Colaiste Lorcain, Castledermot (1984 -        )

Colaiste Lorcain Community College is a Designated Community College, teaching both male and female students. In its present form, Colaiste Lorcain Community College has successfully served the community of Castledermot since the amalgamation of the two schools – St. Mary’s Secondary School and Vocational School, Castledermot - in the town in 1984.


In 1983, it was suggested that a formal amalgamation of the two second level schools in Castledermot would have many positive elements for the students in the area, and in 1984 both schools agreed to fully cooperate and share their individual facilities among the students of both schools. This lead to the formal amalgamation of both schools to form a new Community College operating under the aegis of Kildare V.E.C. and to be known as Coláiste Lorcáin (Lorcain being attributed to St. Laurence O’Toole, the patron saint of the Arch Diocese of Dublin, who was born in the parish of Castledermot, around the year 1123).

Mission Statement

Coláiste Lorcáin is committed to building on its own proud tradition of encouraging each individual to achieve his/her potential.  As a school community of teachers, students and parents, we strive for excellence in everything we do. ”.

With a staff of 30, the school educates between 300 and 400 students annually – both boys and girls.

The school is lead and guided by a Principal and Deputy Principal, appointed by the Trustees – the Poor Servants of the Mother of God and Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (K.W.E.T.B.).


Deputy Principal

Eric Gaughran (2015 – Current Date)

Anna Wafer (March 2017 – Current Date)

Ciaran Keegan (2012 – 2015)

Neasa Doyle (2012 – September 2016)

Michael Russell (2002 – 2012)

Ciaran Keegan (2009 – 2012)

Majella O’Shea (1999 – 2002)

Sr. Catherine (1984 – 2009)

Nicholas Walsh (1976 – 1999)

Sr. Rosarii

School Trustees


The Congregation of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God (S.M.G.) was founded in London on September 24th, 1869 by Frances Margaret (later Mother Magdalen) Taylor, (1832-1900), the youngest child of Henry Taylor, an Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Louisa.

As she grew up, Frances became very aware of the plight of the poor of London and tried to help them in any way she could. Conscious of their lack of educational facilities, she became involved at one stage in organising a ‘ragged school’ for poor, street children. At the outbreak of the Crimean War in 1854, Frances volunteered to nurse in the military hospitals in the Crimea. Various influences and experiences there – notably the heroism of the Sisters of Mercy and the faith of the Irish Catholic soldiers – led to her conversion to Roman Catholicism. From Frances’s great devotion to the Incarnation flowed her love of the poor,

and this in turn led her to found the S.M.G. Congregation. Mother Magdalen drew her inspiration from the Constitutions and Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, having from the outset received much spiritual help and guidance from the Society of Jesus.

Through the many apostolates of the Congregation, including education, the members take part in the one mission of Jesus Christ. By their lives of prayer, love and service, they share the Good News with their contemporaries in terms which people can understand.

What characterises the S.M.G. approach to education is a profound respect for the dignity of the individual and a strong work ethic. Students feel themselves accepted and encouraged and so grow in confidence and maturity. They are encouraged to use their gifts and talents to help those at home and abroad who do not share their material and educational advantages. The Congregation’s Founding Day – September 24th – is celebrated annually with a Mass for the Opening of the Academic Year.

In Ireland, the Poor Servants of the Mother of God have been involved in primary education and in second level education in both the voluntary secondary school and community college sectors.

Role and Function of K.W.E.T.B.

On 1st July 2013, the 33 Vocational Education Committees (VECs) were dissolved and replaced by 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs). The ETBs are established under and governed according to the Education and Training Boards Act 2013. Each ETB is a statutory body with its own corporate status.

Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (K.W.E.T.B.) is the statutory education authority in Kildare and Wicklow. It has responsibility for education and training, youth work and a range of other statutory functions. As the largest provider of educational and training opportunities for learning from the ‘cradle to the grave’ in counties Kildare and Wicklow, K.W.E.T.B. manages and operates second-level schools, further education colleges, community national schools and a range of adult and further education centres delivering education and training programmes. 

Kildare and Wicklow ETB places learning and the learner at the heart of its educational provision and as stated in our mission statement, the ETB “will provide learners with flexible education opportunities, which are of the highest quality. Our programmes will reflect current and emerging knowledge and practices and will be relevant to the needs of the individual and our counties. We will offer programmes, delivered in a professional manner in a friendly and supportive environment”.

K.W.E.T.B. has established and supports the Colaiste Lorcain Community College Board of Management and its Chief Executive, Mr. Sean Ashe, oversees and directs, as appropriate, the day to day management of the school, which, in the first instance, is delegated to the Principal, Mr. E. Gaughran.


As a Designated Community College, Colaiste Lorcain was the first school in Kildare VEC to have its own Board of Management.  The BOM has guided the school through its early years to become a school of choice for many families, both local and beyond. The school is under the direction of a Board of Management which includes representatives of the Sisters - The Poor Servants of the Mother of God, Kildare Wicklow Educational Training Board, the parents and teachers of the school.


Coláiste Lorcáin is a co-educational school. Being co-eduational allows us to offer a much broader range of subjects and these are on offer to both girls and boys on an equal footing. Thus, the principle of gender equity is upheld in the school.  Boys and girls are free to choose the subjects they wish from the options which include; Home Economics, Music, Art, Craft and Design, Technology, Technical Graphics and Materials Technology Wood.  Such choices allow for the development of a broader range of skills suited to each individual as well as opening up a wide range of career opportunities.

Parents' Council

The Parents' Council which is in existence since the inception of the school is a great support to the school management, staff and student.  The Council has remained closely linked to the day-to-day business of the school through regular meetings with management and teachers.  The Council has been a resource for support through fundraising, allowing for the expansion of extracurricular and the broader curriculum.  It has helped parents to work together through seminars, weekend courses and other activities.

Student Council

The school's Student Council encourages students to play a role in the overall management of the school.  The Council attracts membership from students from first to sixth year students. They meet on a regular basis and bring forward proposals and insights from the student perspective.