Presentation Secondary School, Killarney, is a Catholic voluntary secondary school for girls, operating under the trusteeship of CEIST.

While developing a sense of her personal responsibility each student is enable to reach her full potential and to take place in the adult world as a confident young woman who values honesty, justice and commitment to work.

As a Presentation School, in the spirit of our foundress, Nano Nagle, we particularly encourage our students to care for the more disadvantaged in our world and where possible, to become actively involved in issues of justice and human rights.

The school is managed by a Board of Management, is funded by the Department of Education and Science and operates within the regulations and guidelines set down by the Department.  The school has an active Parents’ Association and a Student Council.

Welcome to St. Brigid’s Presentation. As Principal, I am delighted to introduce our school to you. Several generations of young girls from the Killarney area have entered St. Brigid’s and emerged as happy, confident, mature young women, with the skills to reach their potential, excel in whatever they choose to do and destined to make a positive contribution to the world. Our website will tell you more about the unique qualities of our school and the holistic education we offer.

Our School is a voluntary Catholic secondary school for girls only under the Trusteeship of CEIST. We strive to be a centre of growth and development.Our aim is an education for life and living, which is realistic and challenging. Our inspiration is the Christian vision, which fosters the dignity and value of every human being.

We are a Catholic girls' Secondary School located in Killarney, Co. Kerry, serving the catchment area of Killarney and its hinterland. The school is situated adjacent to the Presentation Convent (founded in 1793) and St. Mary's Cathedral. Close by is Killarney National Park.

The school has a long history of cultural, academic, sporting, musical, artistic and pastoral excellence. The school, founded by the Presentation Sisters, is managed by a Board of Management, consisting of Trustee, Staff and Parent nominees. It has an open enrolement; admission is non-selective with a mixed ability intake and a wide range of academic and practical subjects.

The school offers all programs at Senior Cycle, Transition Year, Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational and Leaving Certificate Applied.

The school is proud of its holistic and professional approach to education which is rooted in a caring atmosphere. The voluntary aspect of caring is taken seriously. The school extends into the community. Parents of students are encouraged to take an active part in the life of the school.

Teachers find St. Brigid's a very pleasant environment in which to work. Professional development is nurtured and teachers who wish to extend their role beyond the classroom are given every encouragement and opportunity to do so.

The Parents' Council meets regularly and provides a vital link between school and home. The Student Council meets fortnightly.

While the majority of students are Catholic, the school is open to students of other nationalities and religious traditions. 

Enjoy your visit to our website.

Here in St. Brigid's we are proud to be part of the Presentation tradition, built up through the years. The Presentation School is a Chrisitan Catholic group of parents, teachers and management. Together we claim to share a vision of life enabling each individual to become aware of the dignity and value of each person and the interdependence of the human race. We share the values of the Christian Story with others. Our School is a centre for formation, facilitating the growth and development of all sections of the school community and having a special concern for the disadvantaged. We are committed to promoting a just society.


The history of St. Brigid's Secondary School dates back to the beginning of the nineteenth century. The Presentation Congregation was founded in Cork, by Nano Nagle in 1774. On October 2, 1793 the Presentation Sisters came to Killarney. The foundation in Killarney was noted by the annalist with emotion: "This is the first branch transplanted from the parent tree." The initial convent and school in Killarney consisted of three houses in New Street. A new building was completed in 1803 and later an industrial school was added in which girls were taught needlework, crochet, lace making and knitting. The Killareny Lace School became famous. Another building was completed in 1875. In 1948 the Presentation Sisters opened a Secondary School. The foundation stone of St. Brigid's Secondary School was laid in 1950. In 1984 the present extension to the school was completed.



St. Brigid was born at Faughart near Dundalk around 454 A.D. Her father was a nobleman, who had his own band of soldiers. Her mother did not have the same social status as her father. However both Brigid's parents were Christians. Brigid received a very good education and she was also trained in all matters relating to dairying. Brigid grew up to be a beautiful young woman and as she was also very wealthy, many young men wanted to marry her.
In Brigid's youth, Christianity was not really established in Ireland. Pagan ideas were still in the minds and hearts of the people. Even her own parents could not understand her when she decided to devote her life to God. It took Brigid four years to convince her parents that she was sure that she wanted to become a nun.
In 470 A.D., Brigid and seven other girls were professed as nuns. Afterwards, she founded a convent, where there was an oak tree and the place was named Cill Dara, that is, "the church of the oak".
Shortly after arriving in Cill Dara, Brigid started to go out among the people spreading the gospel. She soon realised that the people needed a priest, so she went to Drogheda and persuaded Connlaith to return to Cill Dara with her. Shortly afterwards, Connlaith was consecrated a bishop.
Scores of young women wanted to join Brigid's congregation in Cill Dara. Many young men also came to join Connlaith's congregation also. So the two communities lived closely and shared the same oratory. Strict rules were enforced governing the interaction between the nuns and the monks.
Brigid made many journeys away from Cill Dara. She built her second convent in Ardachadh. She travelled in Munster to Limerick, and in Connaght to Galway and Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon. It is also believed that she travelled to Scotland spreading the gospel. Brigid always enjoyed returning to Cill Dara and she died there in 534 A.D.
She left no written memoirs, no letters so there is a shortage of information about the details of her life. Brigid was very influenced by a sermon she once heard about the Beattitudes. She and seven other nuns decided to concentrate on a particular beattitude. Brigid's choice was "mercy". She showed mercy to all she encountered, the poor, the sick and the hungry.



 young nano nagleNano Nagle was born in Ireland, at Ballygriffin, Co. Cork, in the year 1718. Because of the Penal Laws against Catholics, she was educated first at the local hedge school and later in France. On completing her education, Nano resided in Paris and enjoyed a social life with her sister Ann, among that privileged set of Irish emigrees associated with the Stuart cause. On her return to Ireland in 1746, Nano was appalled by the oppression and enforced ignorance of poor Catholics in Ireland. In spite of her desire to be of help, the task seemed impossible, and she decided to enter the religious life in France and pray for her people. But God's plan for her was otherwise. Like St. Patrick of old, she felt the call of the children of Ireland to return to her native land.

She came back to Cork and started what was to be her life's work. In 1752 Nano Nagle risked imprisonment and even death by opening her first school in a mud cabin, in Cove Lane In Cork. In 1771, she introduced the Ursuline Sisters into Cork, thinking that this would ensure the continuation of her apostolate. But the rule of enclosure observed by the Ursuline Order made this impossible. Nano had to think again. On Christmas Eve, 1775, she founded what was to become the Congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation by inviting Miss Mary Fouhy, Miss Elizabeth Bourke and Miss Mary Ann Collins to join her in her apostolate to the poor. Her decision was timely for, worn out by her labours for the Irish people, Nano Nagle died on April 26th, 1784. Presentation Sisters are spread throughout the world, in Ireland, England, Newfoundland, Australia, Scotland, Bolivia, Zambia, New Guinea, U.S.A., Phillippines, Ecuador, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Chile.


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