Dundalk Grammar School

Coordinates: 53°59′51.15″N 6°24′35.41″W / 53.9975417°N 6.4098361°W / 53.9975417; -6.4098361

Dundalk Grammar School
Motto Sapere Aude
Established 1739
Type Primary, Secondary and Boarding School
Religion Multi-denominational
Headmaster Jonathan Graham
Chairman of Governors Alison Bothwell
Location Dundalk
Ireland Republic of Ireland
Local authority ISHA
Staff 80
Students 600
Gender Mixed
Ages 4–19
Houses 4
Colours White, Navy & Blue               
Sports Rugby, Hockey, Soccer, Athletics, Basketball, Tennis
Website www.dgs.ie

Dundalk Grammar School, is a fee paying school in Dundalk, County Louth. The school is co-educational with both primary and secondary departments. It is one of a small number of schools in Ireland offering students an education from school entry (4 years) until school leaving age (18–19 years). The Junior school offers an 8-year primary programme. Most students enter the secondary school at 12 years old and complete a six-year cycle where Junior Certificate, Transition Year, and Leaving Certificate programs are completed


Dundalk Grammar School was founded in 1739 as a Charter School by the Incorporated Society for Promoting Protestant Schools in Ireland.[1] In 1835 it was reorganised, largely by the Rev. Elias Thackeray, as the Dundalk Educational Institution. It was in abeyance during World War I, and in 1921 was revived by a local committee and reconstituted as Dundalk Grammar School. This committee was later enlarged and became the Board of Governors. The Governors are assisted by the school's Board of Management, which has representatives from the Governors, staff and parents.

The school has its roots in the Church of Ireland (Anglican) tradition and now operates under a management body which reflects its Protestant ethos. The school body is multi-denominational. Over the last two decades the number of pupils at secondary level has increased to approximately five hundred and fifty, of whom roughly one hundred are members of the boarding department which offers weekly boarding for students from 11–18 years.

Notable past pupils


  1. "Dundalk Grammar School homepage". Retrieved 13 February 2007. Since 1739 the school has been closely associated with the Incorporated Society for Promoting Protestant Schools in Ireland.
  2. Profile, brain.oxfordjournals.org; accessed 3 May 2015.

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