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Notelet Collection

This pack of greeting cards are produced by the Benevolent Fund and feature beautiful illustrations from around Mount Anville School painted by artist Helena Paran (Past Pupil 2020). Each pack contains 5 cards and 5 envelopes. Cards are left blank for your message.


Cost - 1 Pack 5 notelets €10.00  - 3 Pack 15 notelets €25

How to Order 

If you would like to order cards please email with your order, the address you would like them sent to and your phone number.

You can also order by post – Please send  -

  • your contact details,

  • no of packs required

  • a cheque to  - Benevolent Fund Cards, Mount Anville Past Pupil Office, Goatstown, Dublin 14


You can send a Cheque or you can play using the new Xelda App just click HERE


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1-3 Packs     €2.50                                1-3 Packs     €5.50 

4+ Packs      €5.50                                 4+ Packs      €8.50


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Mount Anville House

William Dargan was the first Irish owner of Mt Anville House. He purchased the property in 1851. With the designer John Skipton Mulvaney he extended the house, built the Campanella viewing tower and relocated the front door to the north side of the house. He also relocated the front gate from Deer Park Road to Mt Anville Road and built the gate lodge.  The white railings were a gift to William Dargan from the RDS.

Queen Victoria visited William and Jane Dargan at Mt Anville House in 1853 when she came to Dublin to officially open the Great Exhibition in Merrion Square. It was unusual for a monarch to visit a private citizen in their house. She offered to make Dargan a Baronet, but he declined. This shows the impact William Dargan’s work had in Ireland. The LUAS bridge in Dundrum is named after him.  She visited a second time in 1900. Mount Anville was now a boarding school. She planted the sequoia/redwood tree on this occasion. It is there to this day in front of the house. The Society of the Sacred Heart purchased the property in 1865. They relocated the gate to its current site when Mount Anville Road was widened.


Sacred Heart Alley, Mount Anville School

This is the view from Sacred Heart Alley back up to the school. The black wrought iron gates were a gift to William Dargan from the RDS following his holding of the Great Exhibition in 1853. The gates were made by Turner Hammersmith Works Dublin and are the work of Richard Turner, designer of the Palm House at Kew Gardens (London) and the Curvilinear Range at the Botanic Gardens (Dublin). Both sides of this path are lined with Lime trees planted by the head gardener Claude McManmon 16 years ago. Claude has been the gardener in Mount Anville for the last 30 years, he is now helped by his son David. The stone wall provides a sunny, sheltered area where the sisters would start their ‘Rosary Walk’ through the walled garden to the statue of St Joseph and back around to the graveyard.

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Coming of Age

This sculpture by past pupil Catherine McCormack (class of 1977) was unveiled on 21st November 2000 by Sr. Mary Cavanagh to commemorate the bicentenary of the foundation of the Society of the Sacred Heart. The small figure has her hand in her pocket. The senior girl looks down caringly at her. The middle school girl looks into the distance wondering what lies beyond the gates of academia. At the base of the statue is a quote from St Madeleine Sophie Barat: ‘For the sake of one child I would have founded the Society’ - Paris 1800.

This statue is located near the entrance of Mount Anville secondary school.


Sacred Heart Alley

‘Sacred Heart Alley’ leads from the school building to the graveyard. Cedar House is on the left and the tennis courts are on the right-hand side. It is lined with beautiful mature trees and Spring flowers.  The Cherry Blossom is spectacular each year.  William Dargan, the previous owner of Mt Anville House, had a great love of plants and trees. He planted 35 different species of holly, many of which can be seen along Sacred Heart Alley. The nuns enjoyed their time of prayer, reflection and recreation along this path after their days work in the school.

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Wrought Iron Gate at the Walled Garden

This wrought iron side gate of the walled garden was a gift to William Dargan from the RDS in recognition of his work as President of the RDS and for his staging of the Great Exhibition in Merrion Square in 1853, currently the site of the National Gallery of Ireland.

The gates were made by Turner Hammersmith Works Dublin and are the work of Richard Turner, designer of the Palm House at Kew Gardens (London) and the Curvilinear Range at the Botanic Gardens (Dublin)

William Dargan’s statue can be seen outside the NGI on Merrion Square. The ‘Dargan Wing’ is named after him.

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