About Us

Coolmine Community School was one of the first two community schools founded in the Republic of Ireland in 1972. The school was officially blessed and opened in 1974.

This Community School (and the subsequent 84 others opened since 1972), was established by the State after considerable discussion between the local Parents Committee, the Department of Education, the VEC and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, with a view to integrating the traditional academic / classical approach of the Secondary Schools with the vocational / industrial tradition of the Vocational Schools.

In the spirit of mutual consideration, courtesy and Christian charity, the partners can build a cohesive community of well-educated young people, prepared to face life in the Christian confidence that the values which they have developed and the skills and knowledge which they have acquired, equip them to build a secure future.

The Board of Management & Staff understand that students are sent to Coolmine by their Parents to learn and to grow in “grace and wisdom”. Parents expect the School, through its Management and Staff, to create the atmosphere of peace and security which permits students and teachers to arrive at the best achievement possible, whether academic, recreational, disciplinary, moral or social. To complement this, the School expects each family, and the community at large, to support it in pursuit of these aims.


  • Formation of classes depends on demand.
  • Fees must be paid in full and are not returned if class is formed.
  • Participants supply own materials unless otherwise stated in brochure.
  • For classes with limited numbers: ‘first come, first served’.
  • Please carry some item of personal identification at all times.
  • Inform Adult Education Office of any change from one course to another.
  • Classes lost or cancelled due to ‘Act of God’ will not be made up.
  • Participants must be 16 years or over.
  • All participants in this Community Education Programme attend at their own risk. Neither the Minister for Education & Skills nor the Board of Management and their officers, accept any liability for damage or injury to a person or property while present in the school or for property stolen or mislaid on the premises.
  • Vehicles are parked at owner’s risk.
  • Refunds will be by credit/laser card or cheque.
  • Details may be subject to changes at a later date.