The History of Scoil Íde

Bishop Browne invited the sisters of Jesus & Mary to open a National School in Salthill as the population was rapidly increasing there in the early fifties. Scoil Ide was opened in Dalysfort House Hotel, overlooking Galway Bay, on May 1st 1952 with forty-three pupils and two teachers, Mother M. Immaculata and Celia Burke. The numbers grew rapidly and it was decided to build a new school. The Hotel was knocked down and building started on the site. Meantime, school continued in the Hanger and Seapoint Ballrooms, by kindness of the Proprietors.

Official Opening


In 1962 the new Scoil Ide was blessed by the late Bishop Browne and officially opened by Dr. Patrick Hillary, then Minister for Education. That year a Secondary top was opened in Scoil Ide and three years later moved to Salerno, Revagh road. The aim of Scoil Ide is to give a Christian Education. It strives to develop, unify and enrich each child’s personality by an education, which is attentive to the individual, open to the world and based on the Gospel.

Highest Standards

Scoil Ide is well known for its high academic standards and is also renowned for its attention to Drama, Music and Art. An important aspect of school life is the education given for Justice and Peace. Through various activities, projects and fund-raising events the children are given an awareness of local / world poverty or need. Children are encouraged to be of assistance in all Parish events especially Liturgy, Sports etc.


The school has a Board of Management and a Parents’ Council that take particular interest in all aspects of education and are constantly aiding and supporting the work of the school. The Management and Staff greatly appreciate the constant support the school gets from the Parents.