History of Our School

Muine Bheag Vocational School opened in 1963, being, until the establishment of the Gaelcholaiste in Carlow, the last second level school established by Co. Carlow V.E.C.

The initial enrolment of students was 98 and the school's first Principal was Mr. Daniel Canning. There were then five classrooms and four full-time teachers and one part-time teacher.

Within two years an extension became essential as enrolment had climbed to over 200. As numbers increased during the seventies, additional pre-fabricated classrooms were also built.

At first the school provided the Group Certificate and Secretarial Courses as well as night classes. The Intermediate Certificate was introduced in 1969 and in 1971 the first Leaving Certificate students sat the examination.

A comprehensive series of night classes has always been and continues to be a feature of the school programme.

In 1988 Mr. Edmund Burke was appointed as Principal and Mrs. Martha English was appointed Deputy Principal of the school.

Developments in the school during the 90's have included PLC Courses in Computers, Art, Metalcraft, Childcare, Interior Design and Furniture Restoration. These courses are certified by FETAC.

The introduction of Building Construction as a subject in the Leaving Certificate was another development, as was the introduction of L.C.V.P.

In the summer of 2000 a total refurbishment of the main building took place resulting in a new Kitchen, Science Room, Metalwork Room, Woodwork Room and Computer Room.

The school was rewired and the heating system was updated. The school was refurbished under the Health & Safety guidelines for the work place.

We now work in a pleasant environment with all the best equipment and technology at our disposal.

In August 2006, Mr Edmund Burke retired as Principal of the school. Mr. David O'Flaherty was then appointed as the new Principal of Muine Bheag Vocational School.

In August 2009, Mrs. Martha English retired as Deputy Principal of the school. Mr. James Dermody was then appointed as the new Deputy Principal of Muine Bheag Vocational School.