Cairde Brogán Foundation

Who was Sr Mary Brogán?

​Sr Mary Brogán lived and worked in Donaghmore for more than 50 years.  Sr Brogán was renowned for the true care she had for all her pupils.  Long after pupils had left the school, Sr Brogán continued to follow her pupils’ progress and revelled in all their achievements. Sr Brogán believed in the power of human relationships and never missed an opportunity to put someone in touch with another who could help them.  The phrase “networking” could have been invented just for her.  It is therefore fitting that it is from Sr Brogán that we draw inspiration for the Cairde Brogán Foundation.

What is the Cairde Brogán Foundation?

The Cairde Brogán Foundation was established in November 2017 in memory of a former member of staff, Sr Mary Brogán.  The core aim of the Foundation is to build a powerful network of individuals and organisations that will offer practical support and guidance to current and past students of St Joseph’s as they progress along their career journey.  The creation of the Foundation was borne out of an acknowledgment that there is a rapidly changing employment landscape which means our students will enter a future work force and compete for jobs that do not yet exist. 


The Foundation recognises that it is imperative that as a school, we seek to identify the skills base needed for our students to succeed in the workforce of the future and ensure they are offered real life opportunities to make them ‘work force ready’.


St Joseph’s believes in the power of community and the Cairde Brogán Foundation seeks to promote high level collaboration with employers, innovation hubs and other education providers.  It is hoped this collaboration will create tangible, career related opportunities to empower our students to be ready to take up their place in a rapidly changing world.


How does the Cairde Brogán Foundation seek to achieve its aims?

“The Cairde Brogán Foundation will give our students the opportunities, experiences and skills for the world of work that will set them apart from others.” Mrs Geraldine Donnelly, Principal of St Joseph’s Grammar School/ Scoil Iósaef


The Cairde Brogán Foundation seeks to harness the skills and experience of our patrons to offer a range of opportunities to our student body, including:

  • Career mentoring;

  • Work placement opportunities;

  • Job coaching;

  • Interview skills training;

  • Internships;

  • Higher Apprenticeship opportunities;

  • Professional referrals and endorsements;

  • Scholarships for further study;

  • Scholarships for sport and the arts;

  • Entrepreneurial guidance and training;

  • Fundraising to support the work of the Foundation;

  • Opportunities to work shadow leaders in their field;

  • Support for CBF members living abroad.


In October 2021 The Cairde Brogán Foundation launched ‘The Sr Mary Brogán Academic Scholarship’ and ‘The Cairde Brogán Embracing Talent Scholarship’.  These two new financial scholarships aim to promote academic, sporting and arts success among current and past pupils of the school.  Principal, Mrs G. Donnelly, described her delight at the launch of these new scholarships. Mrs Donnelly outlined her vision that “the financial support offered by these scholarships will support our pupils, past and present, to realise their ambitions and ensure that financial limitations do not impede their dreams”.  Mrs Donnelly explained the scholarships are a “practical expression of the legacy of Sr Mary Brogán who revelled in the successes of our students long after they left St. Joseph’s”. 



What is the Sr Mary Brogán Academic Scholarship?

The Sr Mary Brogán Academic Scholarship provides financial support to high achieving past pupils of St. Joseph’s Grammar School, Donaghmore. In the 2021-2022 academic year the Scholarship will offer one past pupil financial assistance to support the payment of undergraduate or postgraduate degree tuition fees.  Applications for this scholarship will open in mid-October 2021.  Further details of the application process will be posted on the school website and through the various social media channels.


The Cairde Brogán Embracing Talent Scholarship is offered to current students who can demonstrate that they have made a significant contribution to sport or the arts and who can clearly articulate how the funding will further support ambitions. Applications for this scholarship will open in mid-November 2021.  Further details of the application process will be posted on the school website and through the various social media channels.

 The Cairde Brogán Foundation Board

The Cairde Brogán Foundation is currently seeking to recruit independent board members to the Foundation’s Board on a voluntary basis for a four year term.  The Foundation welcomes expressions of interest from candidates who feel their professional and/ or academic background and experience could further the aims of the Foundation and represent the best interests of both current and past students. Further information can be obtained on the school’s website and expressions of interest may be submitted to Closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 29th October 2021 at 5pm. 

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