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09 October 2015
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HEARTS + MINDS is a permanent exhibition installed at Mount Anville House by the Mount Anville Sacred Heart Education Trust.
The title of the exhibition echoes the motto of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Cor unum et anima una in Cord Jesu. The exhibition celebrates the legacy of St Madeleine Sophie Barat, and of the Society, to education in Ireland. This legacy includes the contribution of the Society to female education, to the education of the poor, and to the promotion of the Catholic faith.
HEARTS + MINDS will be a constant reminder to Mount Anville pupils and past pupils that they are part of a world - wide network of Sacred Heart schools, a global family that shares the five goals of the Sacred Heart education: faith, character, intellect, community and social awareness
The exhibition will be open for viewing on Thursdays by appointment. Please email Heartsandminds@mountanville.ie or telephone 01-2122604 to make an appointment.

Past Pupil Jennifer Burke class of 2001 wins TV3 Write a Bestseller competition

Past Pupil Jennifer Burke (class of 2001) recently entered and won TV3’s Write a Bestseller -a competition which was run in conjunction with Poolbeg Press. As a result, she has signed a three book deal with Poolbeg and her first novel - The Secret Son -will be available in Irish bookshops in September 2013.

The Secret Son centres around two families whose lives have changed forever. Sean Murtagh is shocked to discover that his father’s will disinherits his family and leaves everything to a secret son, Andrew Shaw.The inheritance offers a lifeline to the Shaw family, as twenty year old Andrew is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. Thrown together, the families attempt to deal with their changed realities while Andrew Shaw focuses on what he needs from the Murtaghs, something even more important than the inheritance.

Jennifer is currently a solicitor working with the Commission for Energy Regulation and somehow manges to find time to write in her busy schedule


Mount Anville House – History in Pictures

These are wonderful images and photographs of Mount Anville House in former times. Mount Anville House and its substantial estate, was formerly the home of William Dargan, Ireland’s most famous railway builder and all round entrepreneur.   When it was purchased by the Sacred Heart Order, it then became the Convent for generations of Sacred Heart sisters and Mount Anville Pupils. 


Rear view of the house which was originally called “Anneville House”. The estate was called “Mount Anneville”.


 Front view of Mt. Anville house. William Dargan extended the house and  had the tower built so he could enjoy the view. Queen Victoria climbed the tower when she visited on 25th August 1853 on the occasion of the great exhibition on the lawn of Leinster House                                      


Artists drawing of back of Mount Anville, 1864. The Sacred heart nuns bought the house in 1863. ( photo on Left)

This gate is one of four gates given to William Dargan the year he was President of the R.D.S


This gate and railings were also a gift to William Dargan from the R.D.S. (above photo photo on left)

The style of architecture of mount Anville House is Victorian Italiante, although its main porch is Grecian Doric ( above photo on right)


The entrance gate was designed by Jonh Shipton Mulvaney. He also designed the three waterfront sailing clubs in Dun Laoghaire. (above photo on left)


The house is used by the Sacred Heart Order and Mount Anville School for meetings, receptions and other events.  The Past Pupils’ Office is also in Mount Anville House.  The House was recently visited by former President of Ireland and Past Pupil Mary Robinson, when she met Senior School pupils, prior to delivering this year’s Barat Lecture in the School. 


Gate Lodge. Also designed by John Shipton Mulvaney.(above photo on left)



Rear view of Mt. Anville in the snow.

These pictures form part of an Architecture project by Mount Anville Montessori Past Pupil and TCD Student, Tommy McCormack.  Tommy’s mother Bronach (Kelly) is a Mount Anville Past Pupil, as is his grandmother Ethel (Hederman) Kelly.”

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