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Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin

A History

1971 - The Sisters of Mercy convent amalgamated with Kildare VEC and operated from two buildings in the town to provide an Inter Cert for the people of Rathangan and surrounding areas.

1975 - The first Senior cycle was introduced and the school operated from three buildings, the Convent, the old Vocational school and the old primary boys school.

1977 – The first Leaving certificate exam took place in the school.

1986 – Moved to this new building on a new site.

1989 – Fields developed.

1993 – Library built.

2006 – New extension including the Sports Hall.

2011 – Current extension being built.

Additional prefabs would have been built starting in the early 1990’s until more recently 2009.

Our school has a proud history of educating students to the highest level. We concentrate on a holistic education where we concentrate not only on the classroom but also on many extra curricular activities and we have been equally successful in both.


The school motto is Achieve, Respect and Develop.

We have many clubs and teams in the school. We compete competitively in Gaelic football, Basketball, Athletics and Golf.


We take part in inter class debating, as well as having teams to represent the school in the Concern and Mental Health Debating.


We have a school choir, a traditional group, a photography club as well as offering free guitar lessons and Zumba dance classes. We enter the young Scientist exhibition each year and the Junk Couture Art competitions.


Our school has a mutually beneficial relationship with the many aspects of the local community. Our students have strong links with the local Day Care Centre, through meeting and entertaining the elderly on a regular basis, for example in the Log and Learn computer course,  the student develops an appreciation of our older members in society and in return these valuable members of our community provide life experiences.  These links with local communities encourage responsibility in the student which is evident in the way they volunteer for fundraising activities and as such these links need to be maintained. 


Our school has a proud tradition of fundraising for local and national charities. We have received national awards and we have coordinated the raising of over €60,000  in recent years. We would like this to continue as it strengthens community links and engages the students in an activity where awareness is raised for those less fortunate in our society. 

Whole school Activities

We hold many activities during the year where we try to involve all the students in the school such as Sports day, Awards day , the Christmas service and the Conor Mc Cormack road race. The road race is an event held in memory of a past pupil Conor Mc Cormack who sadly passed away 6 years ago while he was in second year and all the students and a lot of staff run/walk 2.5 km around the town.

These many activities could not take place without the voluntary support and supervision of the many excellent teachers involved who always give of their time freely to help the students and the school in general. 

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