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Cistercian College Roscrea 

We Will Rock You


The halls of Cistercian College were filled with the music of Queen during last week’s Opera, “We will Rock You.” Cast and crew enjoyed a very successful run and the performance was very well received each night by the audience. Led by the musical direction of Mr. William Cullagh and partnered by fellow director Ms. Stephanie Browne, the tradition of music in the halls of Cistercian College continued.
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Audience members enjoyed the story of Galileo Figaro (Lorcan McDonnell) and his journey to save rock and roll. Joined by the Bohemians and Scaramouche (Oscar Gilligan), there were several moments of tension and humour enjoyed by all. The music of Queen helped to tell the story of ‘the Dreamer’ and his quest. So as ‘Killer Queen‘ (Jack Gilligan) tried her best to stop the Bohemians, they never appeared ‘Under Presssure‘. Khashoggi (Shane Killilea-Curran) did his best to send them to the ‘Seven Seas of Rhye‘ but they rushed ‘Headlong‘ to complete their quest to save rock ‘n’ roll. The duo of Brit (Hugh Mulryan) and Meat (David Mulrooney) treated us to a rendition of ‘I Want It All’ and ‘No-One But You’.

Congratulations to the cast of students, the production team and the staff who collectively produced a stellar performance which we will remember for many years to come.  


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 Gerard Grealish

Deputy Principal & Dean of Studies

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