Re-visioning and Renewing Catholic Education Today

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Declaration on Christian Education by the Second Vatican Council, Gravissimum EducationisCistercian College, Roscrea (Co. Tipperary) will host a national conference on Catholic education on Friday 13th November, 2015.

The conference will hear from nationally recognised speakers and commentators, among them Professor Eamonn Conway (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), Rev. Dr Niall Coll (St Mary’s University College, Belfast), Mr David Quinn (Iona Institute), Dr Daire Keogh (St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra), Mr. Clive Byrne (NAPD), Professor Gerald Grace (University College, London) and Mrs Gemma Loughran.

The speakers will address the present state of Catholic education provision in Ireland, the challenges currently facing this provision, and investigate possible avenues which might lead to the renewal of the Catholic school’s mission and ethos.

Registration fee – €40





Success all round for Cistercian College Leaving Cert Students

  • Over 23% students receive over 500 points
  • Two-thirds students receive over 450 points
  • Three-quarters receive over 400 points

 It is smiles all round for students, parents and teachers alike at Cistercian College Roscrea today, as the class of 2015 return to the hallowed grounds of Mount St. Joseph Abbey to receive their Leaving Certificate results. Two thirds of CCR students received over 450 points while a quarter received over 500 in this year’s state examinations. This year’s results builds on the success of 2014 with past student Mathew Kavanagh receiving 8A1’s – one of the top results in the country last year.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the results and would like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff at the College for their continuous support and guidance. I have really enjoyed my time here at Roscrea and am looking forward now to going on to third level education and am hoping to study science at University College Cork” said Liam Walsh, sixth year student from Cistercian College Roscrea.

Reacting to his son’s results, Mr Joe Walsh said: “We are absolutely delighted with Liam’s performance in the Leaving Cert. He has enjoyed a wonderful experience here in Roscrea from day one. The teaching staff here routinely go above and beyond the call of duty to make themselves available to the students. All the boys with their teachers have worked incredibly hard and as a parent, I couldn’t be prouder.”

Having won the prestigious Leinster Schools Senior Cup in rugby for the first time this year, today’s outstanding results are the icing on the cake for the schools successes in 2015, stated Brendan Feehan, President and Principal of the College. “It is a fantastic achievement on the part of all the students who got their results today.” said Mr Feehan.

“The overall grades achieved today reflect very well on the holistic education and ethos here at Roscrea. The College staff are experts in their field and are dedicated to their vocation. Separate to daily classes and evening study time, extra tuition and workshops are available to all students at the weekend with focus placed particularly on STEM subjects. It is this commitment to providing an excellent educational environment that sees the College listed as one the top feeder schools to University education in Ireland today”, Mr Feehan continued.


Welcome to CCR

Since 1905 Cistercian College has been to the fore in providing a rich, authentic and creative experience for the young men in our care. Cistercian College is a 7-day boarding school for boys situated in the grounds of Mount St Joseph Abbey. Our College has the distinction of being the only school in the world run by Cistercian (Trappist) monks and we have a long and proud tradition of educating boys and preparing them to be hard-working young men of integrity who are resilient, motivated, empathetic and conscientious in their pursuit of excellence and who will be inspiring contributors to society.
This year the College has set about ‘re-imagining’ the distinctive philosophy associated with a seven day Catholic boarding school in  Ireland today. This renewed philosophy focuses on the creation of a dynamic student centred place of educational excellence where students engage in activities that will enhance their experiences and where the physical features of the College are designed with the students’ interest at the fore.
I believe a 7 day boarding school is unique in its ability to provide students with a routine and structure based on academics, sport and music as well as a myriad of other opportunities and believe that the young men who graduate from CCR do so with skills to hold their place in society with confidence and pride. We recognise that all students have different gifts, talents and abilities, and we strive to help each one be the very best that he can be. Building on over a century of tradition and experience, the College facilities have been constantly renewed and updated, to create a welcoming and safe environment in which students and staff form a stable and secure community. CCR’s vibrant sporting, debating and musical traditions compliment the stimulating academic programme.
We will be more than happy to welcome prospective students and their families to the College and show you around the campus and answer any questions you may have.
To quote Frederick W.Robertson “Instruction ends in the school-room, but education ends only with life” – In CCR we will do everything we can to ensure that this life will be fulfilling, rewarding and just.

Mr. Brendan Feehan
College President / Principal

Senior Management Team

Mr Brendan Feehan
President & Principal of Cistercian College

Mr Niall McVeigh

Deputy President & Head of Boarding

Mr Gerard Grealish

Deputy Principal & Dean of Studies

For more details on Student Card Registration and Top Up please click on the Student Life page.