Schools & Colleges - St Killian's Vocational School New Inn

St Killians, New Inn Vocational School, Galway St Killians, New Inn Vocational School, Galway St Killians, New Inn Vocational School, Galway


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Pádraig Kelly

St Killians Vocational School
New Inn
Co. Galway





090 9675811

090 9675773



Brief History / Background

St. Killian's opened for students on January 6th 1952 and the initial enrolment was 46 pupils: 50% boys and the same for girls. There were four teachers in total. The school consisted of three classrooms and an office when it opened and was officially opened in February 1952 by the then Minister of Education, Mr Sean Moylan. In the early years St. Killian's provided a two year course leading to the Group Certificate (Vocational Schools did not provide Intermediate or Leaving Certificate until 1966).
The school ethos then was to serve the rural community and preserve its traditional values while helping to strengthen its economy so that the countryside could support its people and reduce the "Flight from the Land". Thus prominent among the subjects were those that could nurture and sustain this philosophy - Rural Science, Woodwork and Mechanical Drawing, Typewriting and Shorthand, Cookery and Needlework. Irish, English, Mathematics, Commercial Arithmetic, History, Geography and Religious Doctrine also featured. There was no free transport at that time and most, including staff members came by bicycle. The then Principal, Mr. Sean O Regan spent much time travelling the neighbouring villages and countryside recruiting pupils for the new school and making people aware of its existence.
Much has changed since those early years at St. Killian's but the same ethos and sense of community spirit remain high on our priorities. We now have a healthy student population of 250 and a staff of 26. Subjects such as French, Art, Engineering, Music, CSPE, SPHE and Computer Studies now form a major part of the school timetable. The school has a busy calendar each year as apart from exam preparation outings to the theatre and art galleries, sporting activities and musicals and concerts are punctuated throughout.

In October 2001 the school celebrated its 50th anniversary. Past pupils had an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane. To mark this special occasion an was erected on the front lawn of the school.



Board of Management



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Personnel / School Staff


Assistant Principals: 



Pádraig Kelly

Dolores Coffey
Padraig Kelly

Joe Lahart,
Melissa Flanagan,
Sinéad Dunne,
Anthony Byrne,
Tony Connolly,
Derek Conroy,
Dympna Mannion,
Edel Burke,
Una Stevens,
Michelle Ward

Deputy Principal:

Special Duties Teachers:


School Secretary:

Ancillary Staff:

Iggy Clarke

Mary Seagrave
Mary O’Shea
Marian Cooley

Dympna Mulkerins

Michael Kenny
John Skehill




Subjects on Offer



Computer Studies
Business Studies
Religious Studies
Home Economics
Materials Technology (Wood)
Materials Technology (Metal)
Technical Graphics

Computer Studies
Agricultural Science
Physics and Chemistry

Business Organisation

Religious Studies
Social & Scientific

Construction Studies
Technical Drawing



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Enrolment Numbers



PLC Options

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Sporting Successes



Student Achievements

St Killian's College caters for many different sports including Hurling, Gaelic Football, Camogie, Basketball, Athletics, Badminton, Table Tennis. We participate successfully at first year Junior and Senior level in hurling and football winning numerous County Senior Championships. Our senior Hurling teams have won the Ryan Cup on a number of occasions, with an All-Ireland victory in 2004.


Girls participate in Inter School Leagues in Basketball. We now enter teams in Minor, Junior, Cadette and Senior Levels. We have been successful in Western Region Levels and our Senior team competed at All Ireland Level.


Girls Participate in Inter School Leagues in Camogie. Teams are entered at Junior and Senior Level. We have been successful at Connacht Level.

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Recent News

In recent years Coláiste Chilleáin enjoys a well earned reputation as a college with the most advanced teaching facilities in Languages, Mathematics, Science, Music, Home Economics, Art, Engineering, Technical Graphics and Computer Studies. The Computer room was completely refurbished with the very latest technology. New computers were purchased and networked. The latest software has been purchased and installed allowing students to enjoy the most advanced programmes. We are pleased to say that every student in the school is now timetabled for computer studies. A multimedia projector suspended from the ceiling helps the demonstration process.




Mission Statement

In St Killian's we aim to develop the full potential of every student in a learning environment where fairness, understanding, success and discipline will be pursued.


Admissions Policy

The school has drawn up its Admissions Policy which provides for maximum accessibility for all students. No student will be treated less favourably due to a general or specific learning disability.


Code of Behaviour / Discipline Code

  • To develop in pupils a sense of responsibility and an appreciation of order.
  • To foster in pupils a sense of respect and consideration for others.
  • To train pupils for life after school.
  • To create a safe and suitable environment for learning.


Homework Policy

Homework must be completed conscientiously and neatly.
Each student is obliged to have a homework diary and enter his or her homework daily.
Each student must have the necessary books and equipment appropriate to their subjects in class.
Disruption of class is unacceptable.
Homework diaries will be monitored by class tutors.


School Calendar:


October 2008 mid-term 27 - 31 October 2008 inclusive
Christmas 2008 24 December 2008 - 6 January 2009. All schools will re-open on 7 January 2009.
February 2009 mid-term February 2009 mid-term break - Post-Primary schools will close from 16 - 20 February 2009 inclusive.
St Patrick's Day Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Easter 2009 6 - 19 April 2009. All schools will re-open on 20 April 2009.
May Bank Holiday Monday, 4 May 2009
June Bank Holiday Monday, 1 June 2009
Leaving & Junior Certificates Commences on Wednesday 3 June 2009

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A book rental scheme is in operation in the school. This is a major saving for parents. The books are purchased by the school and then rented to the students. Students pay a nominal fee per year from their books. Parents or students who have medical cards are exempt from paying Junior and Leaving Certificate fees.


Uniform Description

It is compulsory that boys and girls wear the school uniform.
Boys: Navy pants, Navy Round Neck Jumper with school crest and striped shirt.
Girls: Navy skirt or Pants, Navy Round Neck Jumper with school crest and striped shirt.


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