The Development She Needs
Rathfarnham caters for students from Preparatory – Year 6.
The name Rathfarnham is richly steeped in Loreto history. In 1821, following the completion of her studies and religious formation, Mother Frances Teresa Ball left the Bar Convent in York and returned to her home in Ireland where she opened the first Irish branch of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Rathfarnham, four miles from Dublin. The Mary Ward School and Convent was established. Years later, in 1875, Mother Mary Gonzaga Barry and her companions set sail from Rathfarnham Abbey for Australia to establish the first Loreto school in Ballarat.