Synge Street CBS

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Synge Street CBS
"Viriliter Age"
"Act Manly".
Synge Street, Dublin
Type Christian Brothers
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1864
Principal Michael Minock
Enrollment 300
Colour(s) Blue and White

Synge Street CBS is a Christian Brothers School in Dublin 8, Ireland. It was founded in 1864.[1]

Primary school[edit]

The primary section caters for boys from seven to twelve years. It is called Sancta Maria CBS. It opened in 1954.[2]

Secondary school[edit]

The official name for the secondary school is St Paul's Secondary School, Heytesbury Street. The present building replaced a row of houses, used for class-rooms, and was opened in the late 1960s: it was extended in the 1980s.[1]


The school has also produced many great soccer, gaelic football, hurling and judo teams and until recently had a very strong under 18's soccer team winning Leinster Trophies and representing the school in many tournaments including the Schools World Cup in Israel, which Synge Street represented Ireland in 1993. They finished the competition in sixth place and took the fair play award. On the way to the Leinster trophy, the school beat other Dublin schools such as Drimnagh Castle. They then went on to win an all Ireland competition before representing Ireland in the school's world cup in 1993. The school has a very strong soccer tradition producing many great players including Ireland international, Andy Reid and Drogheda United, former Celtic goalkeeper Paul Skinner, Billy Whelan one of the Busby Babes who died in the Munich air disaster and Tommy Hamilton, the Irish international and Shamrock Rovers stalwart.[3][4]

Gaelic Football[edit]

Until 1999, past pupils of the school played together in a unique club - Synge Street Past Pupils GFC. The club would only register players who had formerly been pupils at the school. In 1999 the club merged with Templeogue GFC to form Templeogue Synge Street GFC.[5]


Kevin's Hurling club, also based in Dolphin's Barn, is independent of the school, being originally set up for Saint Kevin's Parish.[6] But it's association with the school goes back to the turn of the 20th century.[6]

Young Scientists[edit]

Synge Street pupils, c.1941. Tom Burke, co-founder of the Young Scientist Exhibition is pictured

The school has one of the best success rates in the Young Scientist competition and their main science teacher Jim Cooke is considered one of the best science teachers in Ireland, receiving many awards in his field.[7] The school has won the overall contest of the Esat Young Scientist competition on three occasions, the only school to ever do so.[8]

The first outright winner was Ronan Larkin in 2004 which then paved the way into a remarkable decade of success.

This was followed in 2012 when Leaving Cert Students Eric Doyle and Mark Kelly won the overall prize and represented Ireland in the EU’s Young Scientist competition in September 2012 in Bratislava, where they awarded 1st place in Physics and joint overall first place.[9]

The last overall winner was Somalia-born Abdusalam Abubakar, a 3rd year student, who became one of the youngest winners of the BT Young Scientist of the Year Award in 2007 and later went on to win the European Union Contest for Young Scientists for his project, which was entitled An Extension of Wiener’s Attack on RSA.[10] In 2009, Andrei Triffo took Individual Honours winning the Intel Travel Award,[11] the fourth for Synge Street in the last 5 years. As well as Andrei, a group consisting of locals: Gary Carr, Graham McGrath and Darragh Moriarty also claimed a prize in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Intermediate category.[12]

Synge Street has now won 9 of the last 10 Intel Travel Awards, the winner of which represent Ireland at the World Science Fair in the USA. In fact, it is therefore a far better Award to win than the Overall, given the winners of the Overall only go to the European Science Fair.

The first ever Young Scientist Exhibition was held in the Mansion House, Dublin in 1965: 230 students participated and 5,000 people attended. One of the co-founders was Fr. Tom Burke who was himself a past pupil, from the class of 1941.[13]

Honours List[edit]

  • 2014 - Sufyan Huma and Haider Hussain - Intel Travel Award[14]
  • 2012 - Mark Kelly and Eric Doyle - Overall Winner.[15]
  • 2009 - Andrei Triffo - Intel Travel Award.[16]
  • 2007 - Abdusalam Abubakar - Overall Winner.[17][18]
  • 2006 - Keith Florea, Adrian Chisa and Sandeep Sihag - Group Winners.[19]
  • 2006 - Gohar Abbasi - Overall Runner Up.[20]
  • 2005 - Michael Mulhall and Francis Wasser - Group Winners.[21]
  • 2004 - Ronan Larkin - Overall Winner[22]

Notable teaching staff[edit]

Other notable past teachers of the school include Francis MacManus, one of whose pupils James Plunkett went on to be a famous writer.[23] Former TD Tony Gregory taught at the school in the 1960s and 70s.[24] Pat McQuaid taught PE there in the 70s and 80s.

Notable past pupils[edit]


The school motto is "Viriliter Age" (translated "Act Manly") and is a standard used by many Christian Brothers' schools throughout the world.[61]


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Coordinates: 53°20′00″N 6°16′03″W / 53.33333°N 6.26750°W / 53.33333; -6.26750