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On Wednesday, 4th March, Cistercian College took on Newbridge College before a large crowd in Donnybrook in what was to be a nail biting semi-final of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup Championship.

From the off, it proved to be a pulsating game where both sides had scoring chances throughout. Against the opening run of play, Newbridge broke away from a turnover to score under the posts to take a 5 point lead. From the restart, Roscrea continued to dominate play. However, Newbridge came back having re-entered the Roscrea half and were awarded a penalty and converted to take the score to 8 – 0 after 16 minutes.

Following a period of sustained pressure in the Roscrea half of the field, CCR hit back but despite some exciting moves the score remained 8-0 at half time.

Following 8 minutes of pressure close to the Newbridge line in the second half, CCR was awarded a penalty which Captain Tim Foley converted to bring the score to 8 -3. Following a skilful interception, quick-thinking out half Alan Tynan spectacularly kicked the ball within the Newbridge 5 metre line and from the resulting line out, the scrum was awarded to Roscrea from which the the CCR forwards drove over with Keith Kavanagh to score a try and level play.

CCR continued to put pressure on their opponents but Newbridge with minutes to go made their final break into the Roscrea 22. CCR held out and defended bravely for the dying minutes of the game to keep the sides equal at the final whistle.

Final Score Cisterian College Roscrea 8 – Newbridge College 8

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all students, both past and present, parents and staff for their attendance on the day. The support was overwhelming and we have no doubt that the ‘Roscrea black and white army’ of followers played their part as the 16th man on the field today.

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The replay of the semi-final between Cistercian College Roscrea and Newbridge College will take place on Monday 9th March. Kick-off at 4.00pm in Donnybrook stadium.

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

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