Ursulines: Cabinteely, Dublin

The first Ursuline Sisters came to Cabinteely from the Ursuline Convent in Waterford in August 1963. Cabinteely was a new challenge – to start from scratch a new convent school in an area of Dublin which was still part of the countryside. Beginnings were small with an initial enrolment of 22 girls. The Junior School was housed in the Kilbogget House but as pupil numbers grew the house was extended and adapted to accommodate the increase. By 1968 numbers had risen and the new school was built. The school continued to grow and by 1973 had a flourishing Junior School catering for 450 pupils and a Senior School of 300+ pupils.

During this time, the area changed from green fields and woodlands into a large suburban area. By 1973, the Sisters saw the need to expand the senior school to cater for the needs of the locality. Finance, however posed a problem but mindful of the advice of their foundress St. Angela, to “introduce changes according to times and needs”, and after much discussion with the Department of Education, the sisters made the bold decision to enter the new, dynamic world of the Comprehensive idea in education. The Ursulines became involved in a Community school which would provide Comprehensive education for both boys and girls and so, in 1975, Cabinteely Community School came in to being.

Ursulines taught on the staff of Cabinteely Community School down through the years and today remain as trustees of the school, members of the Board of Management and Selection Boards.

Happily, they have found that the mission of the Community school as defined by the Deed of Trust complements the Ursuline ethos and allows it to become rooted in a new and exciting educational environment.

In 1983 the stables in Kilbogget house were converted for the purpose of our Generalate where our Congregational Leaders and Assistants resided from 1983 to 1994 approximately.

In 1995 the resident Ursuline community moved out of Kilbogget house to live amongst the people in 24 Shrewsbury Wood, a new residential area just adjacent to the old house. This year the sisters were joined by Sr. Pamela Kiraithe from Kenya for the academic year, giving an international flavour to the community. Today the sisters are involved in various ministries – Third-level education, Parish work, Spiritual Accompaniment, Counselling/ Psychotherapy/ Supervision

A thriving Associate group meets monthly in our house.