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Cistercian College Roscrea 18 – Belvedere College 11


The Leinster Schools Senior Cup is settling into its new home in Cistercian College Roscrea for the first time ever following a pulsating final between Roscrea and Belvedere College in the RDS, Dublin on St. Patricks Day.

The historic win has been a long time coming for the school who regularly advance to the final stages of the Leinster Senior Cup. The journey to the final was a hard fought campaign. Cistercian College came away with a win against Wesley College in the first round to be met by reigning title holders Blackrock College in the quarter final, progressing then to the semi-final having to play Newbridge College twice in what was to be a nail-biting replay. Cistercian College came away unscathed in the semi- final with a one point difference separating the sides.

St. Patricks Day saw past students, young and old from all four corners of the country and even further afield descend on the hallowed grounds of the RDS for the big final. Belvedere opened the score board with a brilliant try from winger Sean Long. Roscrea responded with Tim Foley kicking a penalty. The entire team provided a solid performance throughout with no. 8 Dan Trayers proving to be the shining light throughout the campaign, going over to bring Roscrea into the lead after 30 minutes. Conor Jennings from Belvedere levelled the score to 8-8 at half time.

In the second half the momentum picked up and Belvdere were up again with another Jennings penalty. Yet again the Roscrea response was impressive as they hit back with a classic try by Daniel Keane in the 48th minute with Foley’s tremendous touchline conversion bringing the score to 15-11. CCR continued to up the ante, keeping Belvedere well away from the red zone and adding a perfectly executed penalty from Foley to crucially move a converted try in front. Roscrea hung on until the bitter end, defending vigorously. Final Score Cistercian College Roscrea 18 –  Belvedere College 11.

Brendan Feehan, Principal and President, Cistercian College Roscrea said “We are immensely proud of the boys on their triumphant win. The team deserves nothing less – rugby and sport in general is a huge part of life here at Cistercian College.  The team have put in a lot of hard work in training and the coaches have worked with the whole squad to hone and develop their rugby skills over the last number of months.

On behalf of all the staff and the Board of Management, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the students, both past and present and parents for their fantastic support throughout the entire Senior and Junior Cup campaigns. Without doubt the ‘Black and White army’ present on the side-lines were the 16th man on the pitch in the RDS and St. Patricks Day 2015 will be a day we will all remember and cherish for a long time to come”, Mr Feehan continued.​


Cistercian College Roscrea will host a full day Easter Rugby Camp for all those interested on Saturday, 18th April 2015.

Focusing on coaching and training, past and present students playing on a provincial level for Leinster, Connaught and Munster will be present on the day providing an insight into Leinster schools rugby. For more details please call 0505 23344

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

Dean of Studies

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