Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh

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Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh
CBGS Omagh Logo.jpg
Kevlin Road

BT78 1LD

Coordinates54°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
TypeGrammar School
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Local authorityEducation Authority (Western)
PrincipalFoncy McConnell
Staff90 approx.
Age11 to 19

The Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh (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.


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.


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.

In 2018, 94.2% of its entrants achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including the core subjects English and Maths. [2]. Also in 2018, 73% of its entrants to the A-level exam achieved A*-C grades. [3]


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.[4][5] 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

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  1. ^ From Mount St Columba to Kevlin Road.
  2. ^ "Belfast Telegraph GCSE 2018". Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  3. ^ "A-Level: Northern Ireland School League Table 2018". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Omagh CBS claim MacRory triumph". BBC News. 26 March 2005. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Omagh snatch MacRory Cup triumph". BBC News. Retrieved 16 August 2017.

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