Bandon Grammar School

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Bandon Grammar School (Scoil Ghrammadaí Dhroichead na Bandan) is a Church of Ireland secondary school situated in Bandon, County Cork, Ireland. It has a rich academic and sporting history and is one of the oldest schools in Ireland (est. 1642).


Bandon Grammar School is a co-educational, boarding and day school founded in 1642, with an historic and valued association with the Church of Ireland. It is managed by a local Board of Directors under the auspices of The Incorporated Society as patron and held from that body under a Lease “as a secondary school recognised as such by the Minister for Education under the rules of the Department of Education for secondary schools, primarily for Protestant pupils”.[citation needed]


Bandon Grammar School was founded in 1642 by Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork.

Field hockey[edit]

With a team that included future Ireland men's field hockey internationals, David and Conor Harte, Bandon Grammar School won the 2005 All Ireland Schoolboys Hockey Championship. [1][2][3][4]


Bandon Grammar School competes in the Munster Schools ‘A’ competitions. Notable past players include Darren Sweetnam, James French, Gavin Coombes and Jack Crowley. Régis Sonnes spent two years coaching at the school, alongside coaching at Bandon R.F.C.

Notable past students[edit]


  1. ^ "Twin brothers chasing same dream". 17 August 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Hockey history at Harte with family Irish call-up". 22 December 2006. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Get To Know The Green Machine". 26 November 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Men's World Cup – Ireland by the numbers". 26 November 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  5. ^ Riegel, Ralph (16 October 2010). "Graham proves a class act on return to school". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2011-07-13.