Launch of Catholic Schools Week 2015

19 Jan 2015

You or a representative are invited to attend the launch of Catholic Schools Week 2015.  Catholic Schools Week runs next week from the 25 January to 1 February, and is an all-Ireland annual event which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic education. This year’s theme for Catholic Schools Week  is ‘Catholic Schools: Called to Serve’, and this complements the universal Year of Consecrated Life which Pope Francis has designated for 2015.  Details of the launch:

Date:                           Tuesday 20 January 2015

Time:                          10.30am

Venue:                        Saint Ultan’s primary school in Cherry Orchard Avenue, Dublin 10

In attendance:        Pupils and teachers of Saint Ultan’s school; Sister Bernadette McMahon DC (member of Board of Management  of  the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice), who will formally launch Catholic Schools Week 2015; Bishop Brendan Kelly, Chair of the Council for Education of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference;  Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Chair of the Commission for Catholic Education and Formation; and lay, clerical and religious involved in Catholic education.

 Notes to Editors

  • The principal of Saint Ultan’s primary school is Ms Ena Morley.  Saint Ultan’s is a vertical, co-educational, Catholic School catering for children from junior infants to sixth class.  The first pupils were enrolled in September 2006, and at an official ceremony in June 2011 the school was jointly opened by the Archbishop of Dublin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and by the then President of Ireland, Mrs Mary McAleese.
  • To mark Catholic Schools Week, on Sunday 25 January BBC Radio Ulster will broadcast Mass at 10.15am, which will be celebrated by Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, in Saint Mary’s Church, Creggan.  Also RTÉ One television will broadcast Mass at 11.15am from its Donnybrook studios in Dublin, and this Mass will be celebrated by Father Sean Duggan, Parish Priest, Church of the Most Holy Sacrament, Cherry Orchard.  Next week, RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast A Living Word reflections on the theme of Catholic education.
  • Catholic Schools Week 2015 resources are available for schools on
  • Directions:  Take the N4 to Palmerstown.  At Palmerstown on the N4 take the turn onto Kennelsfort Road Upper.  Continue on Kennelsfort Road Upper past Supervalu on your right and Past Cherry Orchard Hospital on your right.  Saint Matthew’s Church will be on your right.  Take the right turn immediately after Saint Matthew’s Church and the next right turn onto Blackditch Road.  Continue on Blackditch Road to a T junction with the Cherry Orchard Road.  Turn left at the Church of the Most Holy Sacrament.  Saint Ultan’s is a short distance on the right.

 For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long 00353 (0) 86 172 7678 and Brenda Drumm 00353 (0) 87 310 4444