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29th Jan 2017

Here are the best schools in Ireland from the last seven years


Every county in Ireland was researched. Did your school make the grade?

As we all know, a college degree isn’t exactly a perfect way of gauging whether or not somebody is intelligent.

In fact, the concept of intelligence is an abstract one because while some people might be incredibly book smart, they could also be lacking in other areas like critical thinking, spacial awareness or basic arithmetic.

While the core objective of any secondary school in Ireland is to provide their students with the required skills to exceed in life, there’s no denying that schools do pride themselves on certain statistics, college admissions being one of them.

In this context, fee-paying schools continue to dominate when it comes to the amount of students that are sent to third level colleges and institutions.

The Sunday Independent have published their school league tables and from the 700 schools nationwide, since 2009, only six schools have maintained their 100% record of sending students to third level.

It’s no surprise to see that a lot of these schools also featured on a similar piece of research that was conducted by The Sunday Times.

Here they are:

Glenstal Abbey, Limerick

Presentation Brothers College, Cork

Mount Anville School, Dublin

Choláiste Íosagáin, Dublin

Cistercian College, Tipperary

St Mary’s College, Dublin.

Since 2009, here are the best performing schools in Dublin and the provinces of Ireland.


Mount Anville, Goatstown.

Choláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan

St Mary’s, Rathmines.

Blackrock College, Blackrock.

Holy Child, Killiney

St Michael’s College, Ailesbury Road.

Loreto High School, Rathfarnham

Gonzaga College, Ranelagh

Catholic University School, Leeson Street

Coláiste Eoin, Stillorgan


Leinster (excluding Dublin)