of Fair Love School opened on 3rd October 1966 in two borrowed
pre-fabricated wooden buildings, located in the grounds of
St. Mary's Cathedral, James's Street.On
the first day of school there were 4 staff and 25 students
but by the end of the first week the students numbered 49.
school moved, in October 1968, to new premises opposite the
Cathedral onto the site of the old St. James's Chapel and
the home of former bishops.In
September 1969 an extension, comprising of an Assembly Hall
/ PE room and three additional classrooms, was completed and
Peter Birch, who was then the newly appointed Bishop of Ossory,
had made planning and fundraising for the new school a priority
when Kilkenny Voluntary Social Services were established in
1963. He was a frequent presence in the school until his death
in 1981. As the school's founder he took the name for the
school from a quotation from the bible
am the mother of fair love, and of awe, and of knowledge,
and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the
truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue". (Eccli. 24,
1986 the Designer Student Programme in Kilkenny Design Workshops
was asked to produce a logo for the school and after extensive
consultations the form of the birch tree was adopted - echoing
the memory of the school's founder and symbolising the growth
that education brings to the individual. This logo can be
seen on the top left of each page of the website.
1966, Mother of Fair Love School has seen over 600 students
with special education needs from counties Kilkenny, Carlow,
Waterford, Wexford, Laois and Tipperary come and go with some
of the first students of the school now in their late 40's.
Patrick McAlinney served as Principal of Mother of Fair Love
School from its origins in October 1966 until his retirement
on 6th January 1998.
the school and its staff, which currently numbers a Principal,
Mr. Peter Donohoe and Deputy Principal, 9 Classroom Teachers,
1 part-time P.E.Teacher, 4 Special Needs Assistants, 1 FÁS
Classroom Assistant, Secretary, 3 visiting SEHB Therapists,
1 part-time Speech & Drama Teacher, 1 part-time reflexologist
and 100 students between the ages of 5 to 18 years all strive
for knowledge , as the school's founder had envisaged, in
an atmosphere of hope and fair love.