For the second year in a row, the all-girls Coláiste Laurel Hill in Limerick has been named as the best school in the country.

Everyone single one of its students have progressed on to third-level institutions in the last three academic years: 92.4 percent of those places have been at universities.

The Sunday Times' Schools Guide also declares Coláiste Na Coiribe in Galway as Ireland's best mixed schoolwhile Presentation Brothers College in Mardyke, Cork, is the best performing boys school.

Kate Butler says in today's edition: "Munster has generally being doing extremely well," also highlighting that even though it only has half the population of Leinster, Munster has almost as many schools listed in the Top 100.

Coláiste Laurel Hill is a non-fee paying school, but Dublin private schools are well-represented too: Gonzaga, Alexandra College, and Mount Anville all feature.

Furthermore, Limerick's famed Glenstal Abbey, which charges €18,000 a year for boarders and close-to €11,000 annually for day-pupils, appears.

The Ten Top rated schools are listed below, with last year's position in brackets:

  1. (1) Laurel Hill Colaiste FCJ, Sth Circular Rd, Limerick. Girls.
  2. (7) Presentation Brothers College, Mardyke, Cork. Boys.
  3. (9) Scoil Mhuire, Sidney Place, Cork. Girls.
  4. (3) Colaiste Iosagain, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Girls.
  5. (4) Gonzaga College, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Boys.
  6. (6) Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin 6. Girls. 
  7. (2) Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe, Co Limerick. Boys.
  8. (5) Mount Anville Secondary School, Dublin 14. Girls.
  9. (8) Colaiste na Coiribe, Tuam Road, Galway. Mixed.
  10. (22) Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Salthill, Galway. Girls.