St. Aloysius College, Athlone

St. Aloysius College
Coláiste Naomh Aloysius
Deer Park Road
Coordinates 53°25′10″N 7°56′47″W / 53.419390°N 7.946271°W / 53.419390; -7.946271Coordinates: 53°25′10″N 7°56′47″W / 53.419390°N 7.946271°W / 53.419390; -7.946271
Motto Per ardua ad astra
(Success through Effort)
Established 1960 (1960)
Gender of pupils Male
Campus type Urban

St. Aloysius College (Irish: Coláiste Naomh Aloysius) is a secondary school in Athlone, Westmeath, Ireland. It is primarily a school for boys, though its Leaving Certificate Repeat Programme is open to both genders.


The school was founded in 1960 by Monsignor John McCarthy and Dr. Vincent Hanly, Bishop of Elphin. The institution is named after Aloysius Gonzaga, the Renaissance Italian aristocrat born in 1568, who joined the Jesuits, and was canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726.

The first classes took place in a small room attached to the Dean Crowe Theatre. The school later moved to a much larger, dedicated location at Deer Park Road, its present-day location. The Georgian house there, built in 1820, was the sole venue for classes in the early years after the move, but as the number of pupils grew, newer classrooms, study areas and recreation facilities were built.

The late Dr. Joseph Ducke, author, and founder of the Passionfruit Theatre, taught English at the school.

In 2010, the college partnered with Élan Corporation in a business-to-education learning initiative.[1]

From the start of the 2017/2018 academic year, the school will merge with St. Joseph's College, Summerhill. The new school will be located at the existing Summerhill site, on the outskirts of Athlone, with a new name, and new management structures.[2]

Awards and academic achievements

In 2014, the school won third place in the technology category at the Young Scientist Exhibition,[3] with students Lochlann O’Regan, Paul Rushe and Eryk Zaplata[4] answer to the question 'Can non-proprietary/open-source software be used to emulate large scale proprietary text to speech systems?'.[5] Also in 2014 students Dylan Fuery, Chris Halota and Oisin Prendergast won a Display award at the Young Scientist Exhibition with their project "Can an architectural program be combined to create a interactive map?". The project later won first place in its category at Sci Fest.

Also in 2014, the school won the SEAI Sustainable Energy Award at the SciFest event at Athlone Institute of Technology, with pupil Aaron Broughall's project 'Let your devices soak up the rain', under the mentor-ship of teacher Bill Kearney,[6] while student Loughlan O'Regan was recognised with a Junior Ericsson Technology Award for his project 'Teaching the basics of sailing using information technology tools'.


  1. "St Aloysius and Elan join in a novel partnership". The Anglo-Celt. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  2. "Major announcement on future of two athlone secondary schools". Westmeath Independent. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  3. "Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition Results". Irish Independent. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  4. "Category Awards 2014". Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  5. Tríona Doherty (10 January 2014). "Aloysius projects vie in Young Scientist expo". Athlone Advertiser. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  6. "Major Award Winners 2014". Retrieved 4 August 2014.

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