Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh

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Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh
Scoil Ghramadaí na mBráithre Críostaí, An Ómaigh
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Omagh, County Tyrone
Northern Ireland
Coordinates 54°35′53″N 7°18′07″W / 54.598°N 7.302°W / 54.598; -7.302Coordinates: 54°35′53″N 7°18′07″W / 54.598°N 7.302°W / 54.598; -7.302
Established 1861
Gender Male
Number of students 977
Trustees Edmund Rice Schools Trust

The Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh (Irish: Scoil Ghramadaí na mBráithre Críostaí, An Ómaigh, known locally as CBS Omagh, Omagh CBS, the Brothers and, to a lesser extent, CBGS Omagh) is a single (boys) sex grammar school in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is the largest school in Omagh District Council, having 977 pupils in 2016.[citation needed]


The catchment of the school is boys within the area of Omagh District Council, generally about a 32-kilometre (20 mi) radius.


The school's focus is academic, offering compulsory subjects of English Literature, English Language, Science, and Mathematics until GCSE. The School also focuses on the teachings of the Catholic faith, making Religious Studies compulsory at GCSE, and as a subsidiary weekly lesson during A Level years.

For 'A' Levels, the school offers a mix of liberal arts and academic subjects, as well as more vocational subjects. The school offers over 30 Advanced Level and BTEC Subjects at Post-16 level and around 24 GCSE subjects in the current year. From 2005-11, the percentage of students achieving 5 or more GCSE grades A* to C has been 95.4, 95.0, 98.5, 91.8, 96.8, 99.3 and 95.7%.[citation needed]


The school was founded on 14 January 1861, on Mount St. Columba. The building has since went into other use as a retreat. A primary school, Holy Trinity (previously St Colmcille), has been the school there since. Its original headmaster was Brother John Redmond.[1][verification needed] On its first day of activity one hundred and twenty boys, all aged between five and fifteen, showed up.

In 1902 an extension, a second floor to the school and a third to the brothers' house, was added. This came at the time a considerable cost of £1,200 partly financed by a £800 loan from past pupils. Operations of the school were moved to old Church, Brook Street while construction was under way. Once finished the renovations provided the school with three more rooms; one for Manual Instruction, a sixty student accommodating classroom and a room with all the necessities for Practical and Experimental Science.

The school moved to is present site on Kevlin Road in 1967. In 1993, after the resignation of Brother McCrohan, the school appointed its first non-clerical headmaster, Roddy Tierney. After Mr Tierney retired in 2005, he was briefly succeeded by the school's first female headmistress, Terry Sweeney, as acting principal.

Sporting achievement[edit]

In Gaelic football, the school has won the MacRory Cup (the highest level for Ulster schools) in 1974, 2001, 2005 and 2007, and the All Ireland Hogan Cup in 2007.[2][3] and many other under-age level competitions for example Omagh CBS won the Rannafast Cup in 2009 and 2012 and the McCormick cup in 2008, 2009 and 2011

Notable former pupils[edit]

Among the alumni of the school are many past and present members of the Tyrone Gaelic football Team, such as Stephen O'Neill, Mark Mcglinn, Dermot Carlin and Joe McMahon and current manager Mickey Harte. Other alumni include writer and journalist Benedict Kiely and World Economic Forum representative and company CEO Aaron McCormack.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ From Mount St Columba to Kevlin Road. 
  2. ^ "Omagh CBS claim MacRory triumph". BBC News. 26 March 2005. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Omagh snatch MacRory Cup triumph". BBC News. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 

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