VEC Awards

North Tipperary VEC invites its colleges to nominate students of excellence in various sporting and academic categories. 

Each year these students are honoured at a presentation ceremony. This programme provides nearly sixty awards in areas such as Gaeilge; Literature; Sport; Art; ICT; Academic, Personal and Educational Achievement; and the Phil Carroll Music Bursary.

Gaisce Awards

The Gaisce program is an important part of our Tranisition year programme and all students of TY are encouraged to sign up to take on the challenge.

The program at Bronze level involves 13 weeks of organised physical activity, 13 weeks of community involvement and 13 weeks learning a new skill. As part of the programme, participants are also involved in a mini-expedition. In recent years our princiapl Mr Quinn and a past parent Commandant Michael Walsh (Retd & former aide de camp to H.E. the President of Ireland) have led a very sucessful expedition to the Dingle penninsula. This has been the highlight of tranisition year for many of our students.

Gaisce is a fantastic opportunity for students to consolidate the various elements of their co-curricular life at Colaiste Mhuire CoEd into a single award in addition to introducing them to excitement of planning and undertaking an expedition.

Expeditions at Bronze level are usually based in Ireland but Gold level expeditions venture further afield and have been the starting point for many of Irelands more accomplished contemporary adventurers.

It is hoped that Gaisce will continue to grow as an integral part of the Transition program at Colaiste Mhuire CoEd and that students will build on their experiences after TY graduation to work towards Silver and Gold awards.

Le Cheíle

First year students can be assured that our school will help them to adjust and integrate into school life. We run a “Le Chéile” programme where first year students have sixth year “buddies” who guide and support them.

Students’ Council

Coláiste Mhuire Co Ed is very proud of its tradition of establishing with its students a Student Council within the school. The main aim of the Student Council is to act as a representative body for the students of the college and to help with the maintenance of a genuine school spirit.


A Student council gives students a voice within the school organisation and also provides them with the opportunity to work alongside school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and for its students. The students, principal and teachers of Coláiste Mhuire Co Ed all express that enormous benefits have been realised through this process of a democratic and effectively run Student Council.


Some of the benefits to the school community at Coláiste Mhuire Co Ed attributed to the Students Council are the creation of a positive atmosphere within the school, a supportive and inclusive environment where student involvement is key, the provision for students of the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills and above all as a valuable resource that can be drawn upon within the school.


 A number of student led projects have also been undertaken by the Student Council within the school. In recent months the student council has been working with staff on an improved school uniform. These types of projects are something that the current Student Council are planning to continue due to the great impact they have within the school.

Board of Management

Co. Tipperary (N.R.) Vocational Education Committee is responsible for the management of six schools throughout North Tipperary including Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed. This places extra resources at our disposal, enabling us to offer a wider curriculum than if we were on our own. The College also has a Board of Management, composed of representatives of parents, V.E.C. members and teachers. The Board of Management meet to discuss the school’s programme, facilities, etc.

Board of Management Members:

Parents’ Representative: Deirdre Dunne

Teachers’ Representative: Sharon Walsh

V.E.C. Representative: John Kennedy

V.E.C. Representative: Conor Stakelum

Teacher Representative: Jimmy Dunne

V.E.C. Representative: Josephine Cahill

Parents’ Representative: Joe O’Sullivan

Student Representative: Margaret Noonan

Recording Secretary: Una Fogarty

Secretary: Denis Quinn

Community Representative: Anthony Condren

Community Representative: Séamus O’Duigáin

Community Representative: Michael O’Connell

Community Representative: Tadhg O’Dwyer





School Staff

Principal Mr Denis Quinn

Deputy Principal

Ms Clare Wallace


Ms Helen Wallace, Ms Regina Dorney.


Mr Dara Fahey, Ms Carmel Brown,  Ms Patricia Hickey

Technical Studies:

Mr Jimmy Dunne, Mr Tom Byrnes


Ms Deirdre Ryan, Ms Olivia Ryan, Ms Maggie Smith

Business Studies:

Ms Miriam Bergin, Ms Sharon Walsh, Ms Annemarie Purtill

History & Geography :

Mr  Sean O Cradog

Home Economics:

Ms Karen Stakelum


Ms Miriam Bergin, Ms Sharon Walsh, Ms Annemarie Purtill, Ms Deirdre Ryan.


Ms Regina Dorney, Mr PJ O Connell

Physical Education:

Ms Sandra Byrnes


Ms Helen Wallace

Career Guidance:

Mr Liam O Brien


Ms Julie Delaney, Ms Helen Wallace


Ms Una Fogarty


Mr Pat McCormack

Special Needs Assistants

Ms Margaret Manning, Ms Carmel Whelan, Ms Clare Kearney.



WSE Report

Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Thurles welcomes the recent publication of a whole school evaluation report by the Department of Education Inspectorate.

We are delighted that the Inspectorate have highlighted and praised the quality of teaching and learning and the quality of school management and leadership in Coláiste Mhuire.

We are particularly pleased that the report accentuates the quality of care provided to students and notes the positive and courteous atmosphere in evidence in the school. Furthermore, we are delighted with the high level of student and parent satisfaction with the quality of education provided by Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed in the responses to Inspectorate questionnaires.

In light of the favourable findings of this report we will continue to ensure Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed aspires to develop a caring and inclusive learning community that optimises the potential of each student and continue to ensure the school remains a shining beacon of education in Thurles and surrounding areas.

To download the Whole School Evaluation (WSE) Report, please click on the link below:

Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed WSE Report