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Our Lady's College Galway

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Newtownsmith, Galway City H91DP11


From September 2019 OLCG will operate on one campus only in Newtownsmith

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December 2021

Welcome to Our Lady’s College, the newest Secondary School in Galway.

We are a Voluntary Catholic Secondary School, operating under CEIST, providing quality education for girls in Galway city.
In cooperation with parents/guardians, we aim to foster and develop the unique potential of each student through the provision of a broad based educational experience in the Catholic tradition.
In welcoming all, our focus is on educational excellence delivered in a safe and caring environment.
Mutual respect, responsibility and belonging permeate all that we do enabling the holistic development of our students.

Education that is greater than just the narrow viewpoint of examination success. It is also about the spiritual, aesthetic, moral, physical and mental development of the students.

Our Lady’s College Galway is the joining forces of two great Galway schools with long histories in education provision for the young women of Galway city. When it opened in September 2016, it marked the culmination of many years of hard work and a positive, concerted and dedicated effort by the staffs of both schools, the Boards of Management, parents and students.

Our Lady’s College Galway is in a unique position to take advantage of its city centre location, a city with a cultural identity vying for the title of Cultural Capital of Europe in 2020, a city with a wide breadth of rich educational opportunities available to schools outside the classroom.

There are third level institutions on our doorstep and relationships are already there with NUIG & GMIT. These institutions already contribute to the girl’s experiences in the areas of the STEM Subjects, promotion of the Sciences, plus involvement with Coding and App Building.

The Business Sector in Galway has been hugely supportive of the extensive work experience programmes in both schools. The Business Partnerships built up over the years by the two schools will be further strengthened and developed.

Galway is the hub of the Biotech Industry in the west of Ireland and Our Lady’s College Galway is hoping to continue development of these relationships and to encourage our students as young business leaders of tomorrow through these types of partnerships and collaboration.



Since 2007 the schools of the Mercy Sisters and the Presentation Sisters, along with 3 other congregations have been governed by a single Trust Body called CEIST – Catholic Education, an Irish Schools Trust. This Trust Body is an example of Collaborative Trusteeship and was set up under the legislative framework of the Education Act 1998. The five Congregations of CEIST have played their part in keeping alight the torch of learning in Ireland. As they go forward together, the identity of Our Lady’s College Galway will share the common values of Catholic education and those of CEIST.

The Trustees want the students of Galway city to have the choice of an All-Girls Catholic Secondary School in the Heart of Galway where students of all faiths are welcomed and people of all nationalities are made to feel at home.

The core values of a CEIST Education are as follows:

  • Promoting Spiritual and Human Development: We believe a knowledge of and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ give meaning and purpose to our lives.
  • Achieving Quality in Teaching and Learning: We are committed to excellence and to continually improving the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Showing Respect for Every Person: We respect the unique and intrinsic value of every person.
  • Creating Community: Our schools are faith communities of welcome and hospitality where Gospel values are lived and where there is special care for those most in need.
  • Being Just and Responsible: We seek to act justly and responsibly in all our relationships.


Our School Crest

The design of the new school crest is based on the idea of two swans united, symbolising the coming together of both schools whose origins lie by the River Corrib. Swans represent union and balance, partnership and transformation, all of these elements are significant in this forthcoming journey.

These swans rest side by side under the Fleur de Lis, the Flower of the Lily. The Fleur de Lis is used by the Catholic Church as an emblem of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Blessed Virgin Mary is a central component in both the ethos of the Mercy and the Presentation Sisters. The Fleur de Lis symbol also signifies loyalty, protection, light and life.

The name ‘Our Lady’s College Galway’ carefully links the two swans and gently glides them over the waters of renewal, promise and hope.

Above, a halo radiates brightly blessing all involve in this new chapter.

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