|Christian Brothers College, Monkstown Park|
"Certa Bonum Certamen"
Latin for Fight the Good Fight'
|Monkstown, County Dublin
Republic of Ireland
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Sister school||Christian Brothers College, Cork|
|President||Mr. T. O'Reilly|
|Principal||Dr. Gerry Berry (Senior School)|
|Principal||Mr. D Molloy (Junior School)|
|Staff||45 Teachers, 10 Ancillary (Senior)
8 Teachers, 8 Support (Junior)
|Age||5 to 18|
|Number of students||525 (Senior School)
200 (Junior School)
|Colour(s)||Red, yellow and black|
|Religious Order||Christian Brothers|
Christian Brothers College, Monkstown Park (or C.B.C. Monkstown Park) is a voluntary fee-paying Catholic school and Independent Junior school, founded in 1856 in Monkstown, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland. The school fees are approximately €41,000 per annum. The college arrived at Monkstown Park in 1950 from Eblana Avenue in Dún Laoghaire via a short stint on Tivoli Road. This is the 60th academic year of existence at Monkstown Park, the 154th overall.
The school motto is "Certa Bonum Certamen" or "fight the good fight" and the school colours are red, black and yellow. Monkstown has a sister school in Cork, Christians (CBC Cork) also founded by the Christian Brothers, both schools share the same colours of red, yellow and black and other traditions such as the motto. Recently Monkstown was 'twinned' with St. Patrick's College in Sri Lanka.
The school is to be refurbished in the summer of 2012, with the commencement of a new 12 classroom building in Autumn 2012. Dr.Gerry Berry assumed the role of principal in September 2009.
Beginnings- Eblana School 
On 1 January 1856, the Christian sisters opened a school at Eblana Avenue in Dún Laoghaire (Kingstown as it was known then). The site was provided by Mr Charles Kennedy. Brother Alphonsus Hoope was appointed as superior of the school.
This was just ten years after the Great Famine, and emigration was rife. The school was called St Michaels Christian Brothers School, and initially educated mainly poor boys from the area. Kingstown during the 19th century was rapidly expanding with the harbour town seeing the addition of the piers and the Dublin and Kingstown Railway opening 20 years before the school.
Hoope arranged for two rooms for teaching, which had to be expanded after three weeks to three due to demand. Within two years, a building housing 400 students was built on the site. The school was financed from "voluntary subscriptions, solicited and collected by the Brothers". The Brothers residence of the time was located behind the main school building. There were 6 Brothers living on the school grounds, a building separate from the main school block. The school premises was valued in 1859 at £60.
The Brothers continued to have a major role in the education system when Ireland gained independence.
The school at Eblana prospered to an extent that it became impossible to accommodate both primary and secondary departments in the 19th century buildings. A new site was sought for part of the school.
Move to Monkstown Park 
The Brothers sought a site for the new part of the school. Traditions were soon adopted from CBC Cork which had been existence since the early 20th century. In 1949 the Brothers purchased the nearby 22-acre (89,000 m2) estate of Monkstown Park, which had been most recently occupied by the Protestant Corrig School. In order to procure the grounds, the Brothers released lands at Rochestown Avenue to Dun Laoghaire Corporation which had previously been used as the schools playing pitches. Many local people wanted a public park to be maintained at the site.
CBC abstained from joining the Free Education Scheme introduced by Donagh O'Malley in 1969, becoming one of the 56 secondary schools (8% of the total) in the country not funded by the Government.
Modern developments 
In 1987 the school was further extended with a new administration building including new offices, a cafeteria, staff room and technology department. The latest addition was the Edmund Rice Oratory, which opened in 1994.
In 2000 the college celebrated its Golden Jubilee at Monkstown Park. The school year began with a ceremonial walk from the old Eblana school site to Monkstown Park. Events included a Jubilee Concert and the opening of a wall with the names of all the pupils from the time in Monkstown from 1950 onwards, attended by the President of Ireland.
There are currently plans to rebuild the school on its current site. This caused considerable controversy in 2005 in the national media when it was announced, as CBC would receive a portion of the costs of funding the building despite being a fee-paying school from the Irish state.
In 2007 the Christian Brothers decided to transfer the trusteeship of the school to the Edmund Rice Schools Trust along with 96 other Christian Brothers schools.
In Autumn 2012 a new 12 classroom complex will be built to do away with the use of Pre Fabs. A scaled down version of the original plans will then proceed.
The college is bordered by several historical sites. Carrickbrennan Churchyard is located to the north of the school on the border of the grounds and Monkstown Castle is adjacent to the school. The college is made up of three buildings interconnected. Charles Haliday's house built in 1843 is incorporated into the main school block. The facade of the building long portico of Corinthians columns remains intact and is a protected structure. The tower opposite the main building is also a protected structure. The administrative block was built in 1987 and also contains several classrooms. The Concert hall was built in the early 1960s.
The current re-building will terrace the new building into "the hill" and the current buildings are to be demolished with the protected structures and part of the old house retained as part of the development.
The grounds contain an athletics paddock and three rugby pitches.
Academic and spiritual 
Senior school curriculum 
Part of the schools mission statement is striving for "academic excellence". Boys study for both the Junior Cert and later the Irish Leaving Cert. School hours are between 8:45 AM to 4 PM with a half day for sporting activities on Wednesdays at 1 PM. In addition sports activities sometimes take place after 4 PM and optional afternoon and night study is available.
The fourth year (Transition Year) includes courses in academic subjects, as well as such optional subjects and activities as: Japanese, Sailing, Social work, Tourism, Chess-Boxing and First aid. The Comenius project is also offered which is a project linking CBC with other schools around Europe. Transition Year classes won the Comortas Scannan TG4 in 2005 and were finalists in 2006, the 2005 group having their film represent Ireland in Italy in 2005.
Aside from the core languages of English and Irish; Latin, Japanese, French, German and Spanish are taught. In addition to Business Studies for the Junior Cert; Economics, Business and Accounting are offered for the Leaving Cert. Mathematics and Applied Mathematics are taught. Physics, Chemistry and Biology are offered as science subjects. Civics, Geography, History, Technical drawing, Art, Music, Computers and Home Economics are also offered.
The Department of Education has released three subject inspection reports on the school; history, physics and technical drawing. The report on Technical Graphics praised the facilities and quality of the lessons observed. It did encourage however that the subject become a part of the school's Transition Year programme. The report on history praised the strong take up of the subject for the Leaving Certificate and the quality of teaching.
In the 2004 Sunday Times Schools League Table, CBC was listed among the country's top twenty schools, while in the Irish Times tables in 2006, the school was the top all-boys school in Ireland (3rd overall).
Junior School 
The Junior School consists of around 200 boys. There are 8 full-time teachers and one principal. Extra-curricular subjects are also taught such as Computers, French, Physical Education, Speech and Drama, Singing and Musical Appreciation and Arts and Crafts. There is also a part-time remedial teacher. Tutors are available to take students studying German and Music and the school runs an activity club on Fridays.
As an Independent school, it operates outside the auspices of the Department of Education, which does not control school hours, curriculum and activities.
Although the Christian Brothers have departed the faculty, Religious Education is still taught. It is offered for the Junior and Leaving Certificates (as an optional subject). Religion is also taken for those who do not choose to learn it as an exam subject in the Senior Cycle.
The Edmund Rice Oratory is one of the school's latest additions. A school chaplain is available to the college.
Aid work 
The Zambian Immersion Project is a senior cycle project where pupils fund raise and travel to Zambia and help in charity work. Others complete An Gaisce (Presidents Award) and the Edmund Rice awards which contain significant social work.
The Junior School's 6th class raise money annually for the Chernobyl Children's Project (with their charity Children Helping Children), and culminate their fund raising in a business exhibition at the end of every year. In 2007 they raised €42,000 for the project. In 2008 the school started a new charity: the Edmund Rice's Children's Fund. This encourages a whole school approach.
Drama, college musical and music 
CBC has the distinction of being the first school to ever perform in the national Theatre of Ireland, the Abbey Theatre in 1958. Class V performed Patrick Pearse's Íosagán under the directorship of Thomas MacAnna, a future Tony Award winner, who was the drama and elocution teacher in the school at the time. MacAnna also produced the early Gilbert and Sullivan opera performances at the school.
The annual school musical, a collaboration with the nearby girls school Loreto College, Foxrock has been running for 21 years. Each each respective transition year pupils participate, providing the student wishes to participate.
A fifth-year drama is also produced.
In 2011, CBC became the first school in the history of Leinster Schools' Debating Championships to win both the Individual and Team prizes, thus the school were Leinster's sole representatives at the All Ireland Schools' Debating Championship (Individual: Austin Conlon, Team: Kevin Dooney and Michael Barton). Conlon went on to win the Individual prize at the All Ireland Schools' Debating Championship at University College Cork whilst the Team of Dooney and Barton finished as runners up. Another team from CBC, Stephen Stack and Hugh Guidera, also represented Ireland at the Schools debating competition organised by the Oxford Union at Oxford University.
Rory Conlon and Luke Murray retained the Leinster School's Debating team title in 2012 for the school. Hugh Guidera and Michael Barton reached the Grand Final of the Clifford Chance Durham University Schools' Debating Competition, one of the four "Majors" on the UK Schools Debating circuit. This made them the only Irish school to reach one of the UK Majors for this debating season. In addition, Stephen Stack and Michael Barton triumphed at the Trinity College, Dublin Schools’ Debating Competition.
- 2011 Leinster Schools Debating Championships (Team)- Kevin Dooney and Michael Barton
- 2011 Leinster Schools Debating Championships (Individual)- Austin Conlon
- 2011 Irish Schools Debating Championships (Individual)- Austin Conlon
- 2012 Leinster Schools Debating Championships (Team)- Rory Conlon and Luke Murray
From the beginning, Rugby Union has been the main competitive team sport of the school. Rugby was played at the old Monkstown Park School (Corrig School) who won the Leinster Schools Rugby Senior Cup in 1889 and 1892. The school's rugby team initially was CBC Dún Laoighaire before the move to the new school in Monkstown. CBC Monkstown won the Leinster Schools Rugby Senior Cup in 1976 and reached the final in 1984. The school won the League Cup at Junior Level in 1998 and 2004, reaching the final in 1997/98, 2000/01, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012. The Senior Cup team played in the Senior league final in 2001, 2003, and 2008, winning the latter. The Senior Cup team have played in the Vincent Murray Cup on five occasions; they won in 2003, 2005 and 2007 whilst losing the final in 2006 and 2010. CBC also won the Powerade Leinster 'School of the Year' award in 2008.
CBC has produced a number of provincial and international rugby players including Paddy O'Donoghue, Pat Casey, Joseph Brady and Barry O'Connor. Other rugby figures include the former President of the IRFU, John Lyons and the former international referee Donal Courtney. Past pupils Neil Walsh (Ulster Rugby) and Michael Noone play professionally currently.
In 2008 the school undertook a tour of Argentina and Uruguay playing games against a number of teams including Newman Club (rugby), a Christian Brothers school in Buenos Aires. Previous tours include Australia in 2001 and South Africa in 2005.
- Leinster Schools Rugby Senior Cup - 1976 (Runners Up: 1984)
- Leinster Schools Rugby Senior League - 2008 (Runners Up: 2002, 2004)
- Leinster Schools Vinnie Murray Cup - 2003, 2005, 2007 (Runners Up: 2006, 2010)
- Leinster Schools Senior Thirds League - 1995
- Leinster Schools Senior Fourths League - 1991, 1993
- All Ireland Schools Sevens - 1982
- Leinster Schools Rugby Junior League - 1998, 2005, 2012 (Runners up: 1997, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
- Powerarde Leinster Rugby School of the Year - 2008
The school is also involved in Athletics and Cross Country competitions. The school consistently produces medalists at All Ireland, Leinster, East Leinster and Edmund Rice Games level, both individual and at team level. The school has an athletics pavilion with a triple and high jump track, a pole vault track, a discus facility and a hammer net.
Gym and rowing 
The Endall Gym has been extensively renovated in recent years and is a central location of sport and fitness in the school. Indoor rowing is also popular in itself and as a training method for rugby in the school's gym which has six rowing machines. CBC is the All Ireland Indoor rowing champion and sends participants to the British Indoor Rowing Championships.
Other sports 
Golf is played in Leopardstown Golf Course and the school enters teams every year at provincial level.
The school has two tennis courts (neither of which have nets or chalk outlines) but in recent years the school has used Monkstown Tennis Club opposite the school. The school tennis team reached the Semi Finals of the Leinster Championships in 2009.
Swimming is undertaken at Blue Pool leisure center, Monkstown.
The school uses the facilities at Dun Laoghaire for sailing which is a part of the Transition year programme. The school came third in the Leinster Schools Sailing Championships in 2009.
Cricket in CBC 
An effort in start a cricket team in Monkstown in the early 1950s proved to be difficult. The efforts to start a cricket team was chronicled on the March 27 edition of RTÉ's Sunday Miscellany as "Cricket in the Borough" by past pupil Louis Brennan.
Past pupils 
The Past Pupils Union of the Christian Brothers College, Monkstown and Dun Laoighaire has been active since the mid-1950s. The CBC Monkstown PPU hosts several annual events.
Notable past pupils from the Dun Laoghaire and Monkstown schools include:
Arts and Entertainment
- Ronnie Drew, musician, founded The Dubliners
- Dan O'Herlihy, Academy Award Nominated Actor
- Vincent Dowling, stage and television director
- Danny Ryan, Lead Guitarist with The Thrills
- Bernard Farrell, playwright and television dramatist
- Jim Nugent, Irish national radio RTÉ 2fm and RTÉ television presenter (The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show)
- Dermot O'Neill, gardener and broadcaster
- Dave Hingerty, former drummer with The Frames
- Jonathan Ryan, actor
- Sheamus Smith, former Irish film censor
- Tómas MacAnna (teacher), Tony Award winning Abbey Theatre director
- John O'Shea (humanitarian), founder and CEO of International humanitarian organization GOAL
- Fr. Shay Cullen, founder of the Preda Foundation
- Joe Brady, former Irish rugby international
- Barry O'Connor,former Irish rugby international
- Patrick Casey (rugby player), former Irish rugby international
- Paddy O'Donoghue (rugby), former Irish International, former Treasurer of the IRFU
- Noel Feddis, former Irish rugby International
- Peter McKenna (rugby), former Irish Rugby International
- Michael Noone - Leicester Tigers number 8
- Neil Walsh - Ulster Rugby winger
- Donal Courtney, former International Rugby Board referee
- John Lyons, President of the IRFU 2008/2009
- John Feehan, former Leinster player and current CEO of the Six Nations Championship, the British and Irish Lions and the Magners League
- Brian Kavanagh, CEO of Horse Racing Ireland
- Michael Fitzsimons, current corner back for the Dublin Gaelic football team and Cuala CLG in DalkeyWinner of an All-Ireland SFC Championship medal in 2011.
- Andy Keogh, Republic of Ireland soccer international
- Peter Farrell, won a total of 35 caps for Ireland for the FAI XI and IFA XI in soccer
Politics, legal and diplomats
- Seán Barrett, Fine Gael Teachta Dála (TD), Ceann Comhairle (Chairman) of Dáil Éireann (the lower house of the Irish parliament) and former cabinet minister
- Professor James Dooge, MRIA, FREng, Fine Gael Senator, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Seanad, noted engineering academic, hydrologist and a had a key role in the debate on climate change and the development of the European Union
- HE Dr. Richard O'Brien, Irish Ambassador to Singapore
- HE Brendan Lyons Former Irish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore and President of the Penang Medical College.
- James B. Lynch, Fianna Fáil member of the Dáil and Senator.
- Seamus Costello, assassinated Republican Socialist who founded the Irish National Liberation Army
- Niall McCarthy, former Judge of the Irish Supreme Court
- Cahir Davitt, former President of the High Court
- Frank McCabe, former Vice President of Intel Corporation and Managing Director of Intel Ireland's operations
- Adrian Hegarty, group CEO of Friends First, formerly CEO of ACCBank and chairman of Interamerican (Greece)
- Michael Duffy, CEO of the Royal Dublin Society
- John F Whelan, CEO of the Irish Exporters Association 
Academia and Journalistic
- Tim Pat Coogan, former editor of the Irish Press and historian
- Shane Kenny, journalist and broadcaster
- John Ryan (publisher), publisher, editor of Magill, war correspondent
- Mark Brennock, former Chief Political Correspondent of The Irish Times
- Professor Ronan Fanning, Professor Emeritus of Modern History at University College Dublin
- Professor Tom Keane, Professor of Oncology at the University of British Columbia, former head of the BC Cancer Agency and Director of the Irish Cancer Control Programme
- Professor Ciaran Benson, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at University College Dublin and former Chair of the Arts Council of Ireland
In popular culture 
- CBC has been referenced in the popular satire of South Dublin "culture", the series of books; Ross O'Carroll Kelly. In Ross O'Carroll-Kelly's Guide to (South) Dublin: How To Get By On, Like, €10,000 A Day, the school is given a section in the book which slates the school's rugby performances but notes the success of debating in the school and the popularity of Irish names. Past pupil Rory Nolan plays the character in the stage production.
See also 
- The Irish Times http://www.irishtimes.com/focus/2011/school/index.pdf
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- http://www.cbcmonkstown.ie/ CBC Monkstown Homepage
- History of Monkstown Park C.B.C. Monkstown Park
- Hoope v Sir Richard Griffith, 1st Baronet The Irish Jurist 1859, Volume 11 available on Google Books (http://books.google.ie/books?id=v7wtAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA223&dq=christian+brothers+kingstown&hl=en&ei=uf61Td-QJZKFhQeS_9GBDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CD8Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=christian%20brothers%20kingstown&f=false)
- New School Building Project Underway C.B.C. Monkstown Park
- Private schools in Hanafin's area to get funding Irish Times, 21 April 2005
- http://www.marinahouse.com/index.php?p=thingstodo Tour of Dublin
- http://www.cbcmonkstown.ie/academics CBC Monkstown Academics
- http://www.education.ie/servlet/blobservlet/report2_60180R.pdf?language=EN Department of Education Report on Technical Graphics in Christian Brothers College, Monkstown Park
- http://www.education.ie/servlet/blobservlet/report1_60180R.pdf?language=EN Department of Education Report on History in Christian Brothers College, Monkstown
- http://www.education.ie/servlet/blobservlet/report3_60180R.pdf?language=EN Department of Education Report on History in Christian Brothers College, Monkstown
- Irish Times Archive
- Irish Times schools ranking 2005 (subscription required)
- http://www.cbcmonkstown.ie/pastoral CBC Monkstown Pastoral
- Children collect €30,000 for charity Irish Times, 5 May 2007
- http://www.childrenhelpingchildren.ie/oldsite/index.htm Children helping Children Homepage
- http://www.abbeytheatre.ie/archives/production_detail/3666 Iosagan 1958 (Abbey)
- http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2010/0414/1224268302922.html More fun that 'Glee'
- http://chstrinityfreshersweek.com/thomasmockups/ Denny Leinster Schools Debating
- Gazette Photographs | CBC Monkstown Debate | CBC Monkstown Debate
- http://leinsterrugby.ie/domestic/schools/seniorchallengecup.php Leinster Challenge Senior Cup History
- http://www.irishrugby.ie/6855_11790.php Jackman wins Leinster Player of the Season
- News, Reviews, Photos and Videos CBCRugby.com
- http://www.rte.ie/radio1/sundaymiscellany/rams/2007/25march.smil Cricket in the Borough, RTÉ Sunday Miscellany
- Smith, Sheamus Off Screen, p. 24 Gill & Macmillan Ltd; illustrated edition edition (1 October 2007) ISBN-: 978-0717140619
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- http://www.irishrugby.ie/news/6330.php John Lyons appointed President
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- Design of the new school building
- Student rugby site
- CBC Past Pupils Website
- Junior School Website