Scoil Colmcille, Letterkenny

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Scoil Colmcille
Scoil Colmcille Letterkenny.jpg
Convent Road, Letterkenny
County Donegal
Established 1974
Principal Joe Crossan

Scoil Colmcille is a national school in County Donegal, Ireland. Located on Letterkenny's Convent Road, across from the Loreto Convent, the principal is Pauric Cannon.


Scoil Colmcille stands on the site of the town's first Gaelic football playing field.[1] It was built in 1974. Male boys are housed at the rear end of the school and play in the back yard while female girls are taught at the front entrance and play in the adjoining yard. At the time of the new Scoil Colmcille's opening over 600 boys attended the school. By 1985 school numbers grew to over 700 and employed 23 teachers. The current principal is Pauric Cannon. Other non-teaching staff include a small number of secretaries (a.k.a. Mary McElwaine), a band of cleaners, ancillary workers and a caretaker (a.k.a. Peter Kelly).

From RTÉ Radio (2005)

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All-Ireland-winning past pupils Rory Kavanagh and Kevin Rafferty visited Scoil Colmcille on 26 September 2012, accompanied by the Sam Maguire Cup, as well as Colm McFadden and Frank McGlynn.[2]

Allegations of child abuse[edit]

In his autobiography which was released in 2010, internationally renowned chef Conrad Gallagher told of the abuse he received at the school. He discussed how the Christian Brothers would feel him up and attempt to interfere with him. However he has decided not to press charges against the abusers. He stated that he wishes to put it all behind him.[3]


Plaque located on the wall of the old Scoil Coilm Cille
  • The school has won the prestigious Green Flag award on a number of occasions and is well known for its environmental endeavours. A school newspaper, The Green Eco, is produced on an irregular basis. [1]

Notable past pupils[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "History of the GAA in Letterkenny and St. Eunan's GAA Club". St. Eunan's website. 
  2. ^ "Picture special: Rory Kavanagh returns to Scoil Cholmcille with Sam". Donegal Daily. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chef's bitter taste of St Eunan's revealed in new book". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). December 2010.