Have a happy and safe summer break everyone.

Announcement from the Board of Directors

The Board of Wilson’s Hospital School today announces the departure later this summer of our Principal & Warden Niamh McShane. Niamh will take up the position of Principal in Bandon Grammar School in mid-August.

Over the past six years Niamh has given diligent service to Wilson’s Hospital School. Her keen interest in student wellbeing evident in many of the developments pursued in WHS.

During her tenure, academic standards have risen (average leaving cert points now stand at 421 with over 50% of students gaining over 450) and the school curriculum has greatly diversified. The introduction of the Technology subject, the LCA programme and most recently a special class for ASD students demonstrates a move by WHS towards a more responsive curriculum meeting the wider needs of our students.

Niamh led the team through the challenges brought by Covid 19 with her “persistently cheerful” approach. Seizing on the enforced break Covid brought to our boarding school, Niamh rolled up her sleeves and oversaw major building work throughout the male and female residences.

Elsewhere on the campus, we have a new all-weather hockey pitch and have commenced a major building project which will increase our teaching and learning facility by 33%. 

Niamh is always cognisant of our students living and learning at WHS and has a keen understanding of the need of the co-curriculum. As a result, we now have a peripatetic instrumental music and drama programme and we are enjoying watching the students blossom with it. The diversity in after school activities from Open Minds, Debating, Dungeons and Dragons, Christian Union and Philosophy through to Coding, Baking, Crafts and Junk Kouture ensures that students are given every opportunity to pursue their talents and interests. Raising the Amber flag to acknowledge the work for wellbeing in the school will be a celebration later this week. This year WHS has been awarded the Leinster Rugby “Development School of the Year” award which is testimony to the progress in Rugby for the school. The partnership made with Mullingar Hockey Club has greatly enhanced the hockey development plan and the success in Basketball, Orienteering and Athletics amongst others demonstrates the energy that abounds.

We wish Niamh all the best with her new position. We will miss her and the rest of the McShane household from the campus. The Board is now commencing recruitment for the 15th Principal & Warden of Wilson’s Hospital School

Yours sincerely


Bishop Pat Storey





30th May 2022