The school was founded by the Sisters of Mercy who came to Macroom in 1865. Beginning with a school of nine pupils, the Sisters have worked tirelessly over the last 140 years to provide an education to several generations of young people. The people of the town and surrounding areas are very grateful to the Sisters of Mercy for the immense contribution they have made to the Macroom area. Today, the school has a population of three hundred and forty students and is tremendously proud of its academic results and other achievements in both co- curricular and extra curricular activities.
St. Mary’s Secondary School is an all girls’ voluntary Catholic school under the trusteeship of CEIST – Catholic Education, an Irish Schools Trust. The core values of CEIST determine the ethos, spirit and practices in our school. They include:
Promoting Spiritual and Human Development Achieving Quality in Teaching and Learning Showing Respect for Every Person Creating Community Being Just and Responsible