The AGM of the Parents’ Association will take place on the 5th October 2017 from 7 to 8.30 in Mountrath Community School.  We are also seeking nominations for two parent representatives on the Board of Management.  Please forward any nominations to Chairpersonpa@mountrathsc.ie


Thank you all for voting for the new PE uniform. 428 students/ teachers/parents voted.  It is clear that the PE uniform needs updating.  95% of you voted for a new PE uniform.

However, we are not in a position to introduce the new PE uniform for the coming year as the lead in time was too short.  We will start the process in the Autumn and there will be a new uniform for the following year 2018- 2019.  You will be consulted at all stages.


The current uniform stands for this year but prices will be reduced and as a compromise students may wear a plain navy tracksuit bottoms (NOT LEGGINGS) for PE or going away on games.


Below are pictures of acceptable shoes for School

Thank you for your interest and patience in this matter and we wish you a great summer.


Siobhán McCarthy                                                            Monica White



Mountrath Development Association is delighted to announce that following on  from their hugely successful Easter Youth Theatre workshops in association with the Laois County Council Arts Office the newly formed Mountrath Youth Theatre will commence with registration on the 6th June 2017 at 7pm and weekly workshops will commence on the 17th June 2017 from 11am to 1 pm in the METAC Training Centre in Mountrath.

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Mountrath-Youth-Theater.pdf (103 downloads)

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MCS-Teaching-Application-2017-2018.doc (311 downloads)
 MCS Application for Teaching Posts 2017 2018




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It is hard to believe that it is Easter already and that when we come back, there will be only six weeks of term. Preparations are underway for the new School year before the old one has ended. TY Interviews have been held. Meitheal and Prefect Interviews have been held. Green Schools have gone on their excursion to thank them for all the work that they have done this year. The LC Irish, French and German Orals have taken place in the last two weeks. The LC Music, JC Music and JC Home Economics have also taken place this week and examiners in all cases were extremely complimentary of the our students and the work done by students and teachers alike. Well done to all concerned!

We come back in the new term to two weeks of Practical Exams—Art, Woodwork, Metalwork Engineering and Construction Studies. It is very important that all exam students stay with us
right to the end. Teachers will be doing exam questions and revision and students will lose out if they stay at home to “study”. Far more will be done in school than will ever be covered at home with all the distractions.

The Yearbook will also be on sale in the next term and orders will be taken after Easter. Mr Duffy, Mr Boland and the TY team have done a lot of work and it promises to be a great affair. We would ask everybody to support it as it is a great souvenir to have of your time in Mountrath Community School.

Well done to the LCA classes, who got their State results this week. The results were excellent and congratulations are due to both the 5th and 6th years and their teachers for all the effort put in.

The Student Council have been active with the help of Dr Kelly. They have met with Ken Boland from the School Food Company and made suggestions to him including the introduction of Probiotic Yogurts. This has led to the probiotic yogurts being introduced across all the School Food Company Schools to 27,000 students. The Student Council also represented student views to Ken regarding the canteen food and made valuable points and suggestions.

It is great to see the student voice becoming more important in MCS. The Prefects have also met very regularly with Ms McCarthy this year and have been great in putting forward the Student Voice. The Student Council came second in a recent Laois Student Leadership Skills competition run by the Laois Education Centre and Portlaoise College. Well done to Katie White, Emma Weston, Jonathan and Reuban Murray.

Well done also to Domhnall O’Farrell, Alex Moore, Aisling Page and Christopher Carew, who won the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad recently. This was a first for the school and we are very proud of the team and Mr Boland, who introduced this into the school.

There are numerous Sports going on in the school all the time and it is hard to mention all of them or the teachers, trainers and students who put in so much work and time. However, we would like to wish our Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Volleyball teams luck in their respective All-Ireland Finals after Easter. MCS is also very well represented when the Laois Ladies meet Antrim in the All Ireland Semi Final after Easter . MCS wish Aine Cuddy, Kirsten Keenan, Jessie Quinlan, Aimee Collier, Sara Cuddy, Aideen Lowry, Shauna Kirwan, Shauna Phelan, Caoimhe Ryan and Lily McCormack all the best.

The Library has been going from strength to strength under the care of Ms Donlon and her able student librarians. Many students donated a book to the library and those who donated will be entered into a draw for an IPad. Well done to all concerned and thanks for all the Book Donations. It is much appreciated.


The Mental Health Awareness  Week went very well under Ms Katie Wallace and the TYs.—We had a “mind your Selfie” and “Walk in my Shoes” Day to awaken awareness about the importance minding our  Mental Health.   The school  is also being awarded the Amber Flag after  Easter.  Well done to all the teachers and students involved.

Aimee Collier, Patricia Lalor and Andrea Kirwan got to the Regional Finals of the Junk Couture. Well done to them and Ms McGrath!

Lots of things and events happen in the school that you probably never hear about—Here is a flavour of just some of those :

  • Track and Field Athletics
  • Seachtain na Gaeilge
  • Lunchtime French Oral Club
  • St Vincent de Paul—Hosted a Senior Citizen Dance recently
  • School Bank
  • Students participating in a Kolbe School Collection Day

The Parents’ Association have been doing great work this year and are organising John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison to come to the school on Tuesday the 25th April at 7.30 to talk to Parents about Parenting with particular regard to Stressed Children.  Please support!!!

This list is by no means exhaustive but we hope this gives you a flavour of what is going on in the school at the moment. 

3 day Group Theatre Workshop!

There is a 3 Day Youth Theatre Workshop being run from the 18th—20th April 2017 at METAC on the Portlaoise Road,


12-15 Year Age Group            11.00-12.30

15-18 Year Age Group            13.00-14.30

Everybody is welcome! Plenty for everybody. You might be good at acting, Theatre Set Design, Lighting, Sound—There are loads of possibilities  – Please support!!


Vote for the School Jacket

We are currently doing a survey to see if students and parents are happy with changing the school jacket. If we do change to the soft shell jacket, there will be no onus on the students to replace jackets if they already have them. The price of the new jacket is about €5 more expensive than the old jacket. If you would like to vote as a parent and have your voice heard, you can do so by going to the School Website and following the instructions. We would be delighted to hear your opinion and please encourage our students to vote. We are also considering changing the PE Uniform. This will again be done with the input of all staff, students and parents.

We wish you all a very happy Easter from all at MCS!

The Board of Management of Mountrath Community School invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the post of Deputy Principal to take effect from September 2017. The school is a Community School. The school is a co-educational school with an enrolment of 779 on 30th September 2016.

To qualify for appointment candidates must have:

  • Recognised post-primary teaching qualification
  • A minimum of 5 years’ satisfactory teaching experience
  • Registration in accordance with Section 30 of the Teaching Council Act 2001

Application forms and full details may be downloaded from the links below or by email to applicationsfordeputy@mountrathcs.ie 

File Downloads

Application Form Deputy Principal MCS (167 downloads)

Application Form Deputy Principal MCS – MS Word Version (85 downloads)

Deputy Principal Job Description (147 downloads)

Person Specification (125 downloads)

Completed application forms should be submitted in hard copy only (x7 copies) no later than 5pm on Thursday the 27th April 2017 to the Chairperson, Board of Management, Mountrath Community School, Mountrath, Co. Laois.

Short listing will apply.

    • Canvassing by or on behalf of the candidate will automatically disqualify.
    • Late applications will not be accepted.

Príomhoide Tánaisteach

Tá Bord Bainistíochta Phobailscoil Mháighean Rátha ag lorg iarratas ó mhúinteoirí cuícháilithe do phost mar Phríomhoide Tánaisteach. Tosóidh an té a cheapfar sa phost seo ar 1 Meán Fómhair 2017.  Is Pobalscoil í. Is scoil chomhoideachais í agus tá 779 dalta ag freastal uirthi ar on 30/09/2016.

Le bheith incháilithe le haghaidh ceaptha sa phost seo, ní mór d’iarrthóirí na riachtanais seo a leanas a shásamh:

  • Cáilíocht aitheanta múinteoireachta iar-bhunoideachais
  • Taithí shásúil cúig bliana ar a laghad de mhúinteoireacht lánaimseartha
  • Clarú de réir Alt 30 den Acht um Chomhairle Mhúinteoireachta, 2001

Is féidir foirmeacha iarratais agus sonraí an phoist a fháil anseo, nó trí ríomhphost.

Application Form Deputy Principal MCS (167 downloads)

Application Form Deputy Principal MCS – MS Word Version (85 downloads)

Deputy Principal Job Description (147 downloads)

Person Specification (125 downloads)

Ní mór d’iarrthóirí iarratas i gcruachóip amháin (x7) a chur ar aghaidh tráth nach déanaí ná an 5.00 i.n. ar 27/04/2017 go dtí

An Cathaoirleach, Bord Bainistíochta, Pobalscoil Mháighean Rátha, Maighean Rátha, Co Laoise

Déanfar gearrliostú ar iarrthóirí.

  • Dícháileofar iarrthóir ar bith a dhéanann canbhasáil ar a s(h)on féin, nó sa chás go ndéanann duine ar bith eile canbhasáil ar a s(h)on.
  • Ní ghlacfar le hiarratais dhéanacha.