New principal appointed to St Mary’s CBS secondary school in Enniscorthy

St. Mary's CBS, Enniscorthy Awards Night. 'Sports Star of the Year', Ryan Donohoe with Brendan O'Sullivan (principal) and Pat Fenlon (special guest).

Brendan KeaneEnniscorthy Guardian

Brendan O’Sullivan has been appointed as the new principal of St Mary’s CBS Secondary School in Enniscorthy.

Mr O’Sullivan is a long-serving member of staff in the school and is synonymous with the CBS.

Originally from Cullen, in north County Cork, he graduated from the University if Limerick in 1994 and began his teaching career in St Mary’s CBS in Enniscorthy that same year. He taught metalwork and engineering in the school and was appointed to the position of Deputy Principal in 2014, having spent 20 years in the class room. Along with his late colleague, John Ryan, Mr O’Sullivan has overseen massive growth in the school with almost 770 students enrolled for September 2023. Mr Ryan served as Deputy Principal since 2014, until now, and speaking of his vision for the school going forward he said he hopes “to continue to promote full personal and social development in a caring Christian community of teaching and learning for all our students.”

He also paid tribute to Mr Ryan, the school’s last principal who passed away recently following an illness.

"I hope to continue build on the vision and tradition created by those who have gone before us, particularly our late principal and esteemed colleague, Mr John Ryan,” said Mr O'Sullivan.

“John led the school for 23 years and he continually worked hard for all our students, he had a particular interest in inclusion and special educational needs,” he added.

"This is an area I will continue to support as it is also close to my heart and all the CBS community. I am conscious of our place in the community and will continue to work with all the partners in our school, parents, students, staff and the local community.”

"I will continue to work hard to ensure with the excellent teaching staff that our curriculum is meeting the needs of our students and that we continue with the many extra-curricular opportunities we offer the boys in our school,” said Mr O’Sullivan.