Abbey Community College

Abbey Community College, established under the trusteeship of the Sacred Heart of Mary Sisters and the Co. Kilkenny V.E.C., opened in 2000. It is committed to enriching through education the lives of the people in its care, thereby enabling them to participate fully in society and to live a fulfilling life.

Students of Abbey Community College can access a rapidly expanding curriculum from which they may choose a wide variety of subjects, both practical and academic. Pastoral Care is an integral part of the holistic education offered in the school and is catered for through Home, School, Community Liaison, a Peer Support System, the Chaplaincy, Guidance Counselling, a Stay in School Retention Scheme and Learning Support Education.


Abbey Community College is among the most modern second level schools in the country and boasts state of the art facilities. These include amongst others Art/Craft Rooms, Special Tuition Rooms, Demonstration Room, Needlework Room, Computer Rooms, Multimedia Lab, Metalwork Room, Prayer Room, Woodwork/Building Construction Room, Music/Drama Room, Science Laboratories, Career Guidance Room, Food Studies Room and a full sized Sports Hall. Outdoor facilities include: Basketball and Tennis Courts, All-Weather Hockey Pitch and Sports field.

Sports and Extra Curricular Activities

Abbey Community College offers an ever expanding variety of clubs and activities to stimulate student interest. Among these are: Debating, Chess, Orienteering, Choir, Hurling, Gaelic Football, Hockey, Camogie, Soccer and Kickboxing.

Music School: The recently opened music school also offers tuition in piano, guitar and drums

Curriculum Offered

Courses Offered Subject
Junior Certificate Core: Irish, English, Maths, Religion, History, Geography,
Physical Education, CSPE, SPHE, Computers, Elocution.
Options: Business Studies, Woodwork, Art, Metalwork, Science, Technical Graphics, Music, Home Economics,
French, and German.(Four to be chosen)
Transition Year Option Transition Year is optional for post Junior Certificate students. It offers a wide variety of experiences both inside and outside school through which students develop personal, social, and leadership skills.
Leaving Certificate(Traditional) Core: Irish, English, Maths, Religion,
Physical Education.
Options: German, French, Construction Studies, LCVP, Chemistry, Geography,
Technical Drawing, Home Economics,
Business, Biology, Engineering, Art,
Accounting, History and Music.
(Four to be chosen)
Leaving Certificate Applied The Leaving Certificate Applied two year course prepares students for the world of work and adult life.
Specialisms: Art Craft Design and Technology
Electives: Science and Religion
Languages: Irish and French
Arts: Social Education, English Communications, ICT, Maths, Vocational Education and Guidance.
Adult Education Programme Evening classes are provided each term in a variety of subjects.  In recent years classes in Beginner, Intermediate and ECDL Computer classes, Flower Arranging, Yoga, and Complementary Therapies have proven very popular.

Contact Details

Abbey Community College
Co. Waterford
Tel:051 832930
Fax:051 851110


Name Position
Ms. Detta Cahill Principal
Mr. Colm Rice Deputy Principal
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