Our Lady of Good Counsel G.N.S.

WP_0001671Ferrybank, Waterford.

Tel. 051-832984   

Fax. 051-832984

Email: goodcounsel.ias@eircom.net

Teaching Staff

Principal:  Ms. Catríona O’Reilly – (email : principal.gns.@gmail.com)

Deputy Principal:  Ms. Bernadette Finucane (for Ms. Geraldine Ryan)

Mainstream Class Teachers: Ms. Bernadette Finucane, Mrs. Mary Ryan, Miss Aisling Quinlan, Miss Maeve  Ann Egan, Miss Feana Walsh,  Ms. Mary Cotterell (for Ms. Feana Walsh), Ms. Clodagh Coady, Ms. Ann Cunniffe,  Ms. Yvonne Walsh (for Ms. Geraldine Ryan)

Learning Support Teacher: Ms. Monica Kelly, Ms. Ursula O’Brien (for Ms. Carmel Fogarty)

Resource: Ms. Sonja Coulter

Secretary: Mrs. Tracey Whelan

Caretaker: Mr. Mark Murphy

Asst. Supervisor: Mrs. Dolly O’Sullivan

Traffic Warden: Mr. Tony Higgins

School Cleaners: Mr. Mark Kuszyk & Mrs. Ewa Kuszyk

Board of Management

Chairperson: Mr. Dermot Walsh

Secretary: Ms. Catríona O’Reilly

Treasurer: Mrs. Irene Bryant

Patron’s Representative: Sr. Mary Gough

Parent’s Representative: Mr. Michael Connolly

Community Representative: Rev. Raymond Dempsey,  Mr. Michael O’Brien

Teachers Representative: Ms. Geraldine Ryan



Before the arrival of the Sacred Heart of Mary sisters in 1879, there was already a “poor school” in Ferrybank run by two old ladies who were anxious to pass on the responsibility to a group of sisters.

Ferrybank, at this time, had fallen on hard times. Where once it had two ship building yards, a posting station and a large number of craftsmen, poverty was now rampant and morale at an all-time low.

The tax on the toll-bridge that separated Ferrybank from the City of Waterford denied the people of Ferrybank access to churches and schools. The administrator of Slieverue, Fr. Joseph Murphy, saw that education was a prime necessity in the area and approached Fr. Gailhac, a French man who had instituted the Sacred Heart Sisters, to consent to the opening of a convent in Ferrybank.

And so it was that the sisters took on responsibility for education in Ferrybank, establishing both a Primary and a Secondary school.



Good Counsel School is located at the top of Fountain Street, overlooking Lower Ferrybank and the river Suir.   From the upper windows of the school, Reginald’s Tower can be seen on the south bank of the river as well as the Millennium Plaza and the new Marina beside the Tower Hotel.