Ardscoil Rís, Dublin

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Ardscoil Rís

"Dilseacht agus Uaisleacht"

(Loyalty and Nobility)
Established 1972
Principal Brian O'Dwyer
Students Approx. 530 per year
Grades 1-6
Location Griffith Avenue,
Dublin, Ireland
Website Ardscoil Rís

Ardscoil Rís (meaning Rice's High School) is a boys' secondary school on Griffith Avenue, Dublin, Ireland. The school was under the trusteeship of the Christian Brothers, however they withdrew from Education in Ireland in September 2006 and the school passed into the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust upon the Brothers' withdrawal.[1] The school caters for approximately 530 students every year. Disobedient pupils are punished by being forced to sweep up the classrooms at the end of the school day.

History and expansion[edit]

Ard Scoil Ris originated in the O'Brien Institute, which functioned as a private school, in 1969. The new school incorporated the existing second-level students from the old school and day pupils from the surrounding area. Old dormitories were converted into classrooms and an old reception room became the staff room.

  • In 1970 and 1971 six prefab classrooms were constructed.
  • On 21 November 1973 the new school building was officially opened by the Irish president, Éamon de Valera.
  • In 1979 the school won the Hogan Cup, winning the All-Ireland Colleges football title for the only time. No Dublin school has won it since.[2]
  • In 1984 a new wing was added with dressing rooms, showers, a Library and Audio-Visual Room. The school continued to excel on the sports field and most students went on to third level education at this point.
  • In 1998 a state-of-the-art sports hall was completed and officially opened by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin.
  • In 1999 six new classrooms were built, a new wing for the library was constructed, and some much needed office space has eased the pressure on space in the school.
  • In 2001 the science labs were refurbished.
  • In 2003 the new computer room was completed.
  • In 2005 the school designated a permanent art room.[3]

Recent achievements[edit]

Ardscoil Rís is often noted for its academic achievements. In 2005 the school sent more students to Dublin City University than any other boy's school on Dublin's Northside . As a percentage of students taking the Leaving Certificate exam the school topped the list of students provided to DCU. More than two thirds of all Leaving Certificate students went on to third level education that year.[4] In 2008 the school sent 28 pupils to DCU, more than any other school in the state bar the Institute of Education. As a percentage of students taking the Leaving Certificate the figure is the highest for any school in the state.[5] As a consequence the school is vastly oversubscribed with more than 200 students applying for just 100 places for the academic year 2009/10.

In Sport Ard Scoil's most recent successes included the U-18 football team being crowned Dublin Senior Football Champions for 2008. A man of the match performance from centre back Aidan Collopy saw the trophy brought back to Ard Scoil. The team was beaten in the Leinster Final by Colaiste Iosagainn, Laois.[6] The U/19 Basketball team reached the 2008 All Ireland Cup Final, which was screened on Setanta TV, however, they lost by three points to St. Malachy's, Belfast.[7][8] In the 2008/2009 Academic Year the school reached the U/18 "B" Dublin Colleges final but was beaten by Oatlands College.[9] Ard Scoil's U/14 footballers defeated Castleknock in the 2008 U/14"A" Dublin Colleges Football Semi Final[10] before going on to capture the title for the first time since 2002, beating Colaiste Eoin in the Final.[11][12]

Ardscoil also reached the Semi-Final stage of the 2009, 2012 and 2013 National Senior Concern Debating Competition.[13] and are currently in the 2014 Quarter-Final Stage.

In 2010/2011 the school's U/16's won the Dublin football/hurling double for the first time in 20 years while the 1st Year Basketballers won the school's first ever Division 1 East Region title. They later finished runners up in the All Ireland First Year tournament. The title was subsequently stripped from the winners, St. Malachy's, Belfast, for playing illegal players but was not awarded to Ardscoil due to Basketball Ireland regulations.[14][15] Ris repeated as U/16 hurling champions in 2011[16] and won both the Dublin and Leinster Senior B Football titles in early 2012.[17][14]

Internet facilities in Ardscoil Rís[edit]

Ardscoil Rís has had a fully enabled internet service in the school. A strict Internet usage policy was introduced in 2004 and all pupils wishing to use the internet must sign the policy along with their parents. The policy can be viewed on the school's official website.[18]

Past pupils[edit]

Ard Scoil Ris has a number of past pupils who have become household names in Ireland and further afield. Current Dublin GAA Senior Football players Ciaran Whelan, Tomas Quinn, Cormac Costello and Diarmuid Connolly and also former Dublin senior football manager Pat Gilroy[19] are former pupils, as is Dublin Senior Hurling Player Ronan Fallon. Blackburn Rovers and Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews was also a pupil, as is current St. Patricks Athletic player Conan Byrne. British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh[20] graduated in the late 70's while Labour Party Senator Derek McDowell is also a past pupil.[21] The current Moscow Correspondent of the Irish Times Conor Sweeney also attended Ardscoil Ris.[22] Another Past Pupil is Comedian Paddy Courtney[citation needed]. Boyzone's Keith Duffy is also a former pupil.[citation needed]


Junior cert.[edit]

English, Irish, Maths, History, Geography, Science (which covers physics, biology and chemistry), S.P.H.E (which is a non-examination subject), Religion, C.S.P.E, French, and P.E. are all mandatory subjects for Junior Certificate students. Students must also choose two optional subjects. The optional subjects are Technical Graphics, Music and Business Studies. Art, which takes place after school, is also available to students.[23]

Transition year[edit]

Maths, English, Irish, French, Religion, Business Studies, Science, History, Careers, Tourism Geography and P.E. are all mandatory subjects for Transition Year students, along with a choice between Music and Japanese/German. Other activities include Fencing, Art, Dancing, Home Economics (Cookery), Gardening, Capoeira, Horse-riding, ECDL, Careers, Swimming, Sailing, Coaching, Photography, Russian, Capeoira and Drama. TY students may also go out on various school day-trips such as: the zoo, museums and art galleries (behaviour permitted). Work experience is a fundemantal part of TY, and three weeks of work experience will take place during the school year, with another week optional (permission from management permitted).[24]

Leaving cert.[edit]

Leaving Certificate students must study English, Irish, Maths and Religion. Religion is not an exam subject and is taught as part of the school's Catholic ethos. As well as these four subjects, each student chooses four optional subjects. The choices available are History, Geography, Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, French, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics/Chemistry., Spanish, Music, L.C.V.P (Leaving Cert Vocational Programme) and Construction Studies. Optional subjects are subject to demand. For example there has never been a Leaving Cert Music class due to a lack of demand for the subject at this level.[25]


Mr. Pat Reilly retired as Principal in 2009 after eleven years - the longest serving Principal to date. The current Principal is Mr. Brian O'Dwyer.[26]


Non-athletic activities[edit]

The school offers after school activities such as a History Club and Drama Club. The school also boasts one of the top Debating teams in the Concern Debating competition.

Athletic activities[edit]

Some of the athletic activities in the school are Gaelic football, hurling and basketball. The school also offers athletics, golf and badminton.


  1. ^ "Hanafin praises Christian Brothers". RTÉ News. 9 June 2006. 
  2. ^ "Hogan Cup: Information and Much More from". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  3. ^ History Of School[dead link]
  4. ^ The Irish Times |url= missing title (help). 
  5. ^ Irish Times, Thursday December 4th, 2008
  6. ^ "Crombie adds gloss for Portarlington". Irish Independent. 15 March 2008. 
  7. ^ :: Basketball Ireland ::[dead link]
  8. ^ :: Basketball Ireland ::[dead link]
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Gaelic Football: Irresistible Rís in control of Castle' - Schools, Sport". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Gaelic Football: Costello treble sinks Eoin - Schools, Sport". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ a b "March « Ardscoil Ris Secondary School, Dublin". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  15. ^ "May « Ardscoil Ris Secondary School, Dublin". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  16. ^ "October « Ardscoil Ris Secondary School, Dublin". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  17. ^ "January « Ardscoil Ris Secondary School, Dublin". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  18. ^ Policies[dead link]
  19. ^ HILL 16[dead link]
  20. ^ Willie on a wing and a prayer:[dead link]
  21. ^ McDowell, Derek (2006-12-01). "Derek McDowell - Blogging Politics". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  22. ^ "Russia's resurgence". The Irish Times. 2 February 2007. 
  23. ^ Junior Certificate[dead link]
  24. ^ Transition Year[dead link]
  25. ^ Leaving Certificate[dead link]
  26. ^ "Administration". Ardscoil Ris Secondary School (blogspot site). Retrieved October 1, 2009. 

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