Christian Brothers College, Cork

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CBC Cork
ChristianBrothersCollegeCork SchoolLogo Greyscale.png
Sidney Hill, Cork, Ireland
Coordinates 51°54′13″N 8°28′03″W / 51.9036°N 8.4674°W / 51.9036; -8.4674Coordinates: 51°54′13″N 8°28′03″W / 51.9036°N 8.4674°W / 51.9036; -8.4674
Type Private
Motto Certa Bonum Certamen
(Fight the good fight)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1888
Principal Mr David Lordan
Enrollment 1000+ (Preparatory & Secondary combined)
Colors Sq3 redyellowblack.svg

Christian Brothers College, Cork (CBC Cork, colloquially known as Christians) is a fee-paying Catholic school under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust in Cork, Ireland.[1]

Their sister school in Dublin is CBC Monkstown. The college's main rivals are Presentation Brothers College. As the two main fee paying all-boys schools in Cork, both share similar histories, student bases, and sporting and academic traditions.


Saint Patrick's Place building

In the mid 19th century the Vincentian Fathers maintained a seminary at Saint Patrick's Place in Cork, known as the Cork Diocesan Seminary. In 1888 a new seminary with residential accommodation was completed at Farranferris, and the Vincentian ecclesiastical students transferred there.[2]

The then bishop of Cork, Most Rev. Dr O'Callaghan, invited the Christian Brothers to take charge of the St Patrick's Place establishment.[3]

From the beginning, CBC was principally involved in preparing pupils for university entry,[citation needed] and operated on St Patrick's Place for one hundred years.[3]

Recent development[edit]

Marking the centenary in 1988, the College moved from its original site to a new location, one hundred metres away, atop Sidney Hill.[3]

1996-1998 saw the modernisation of sports facilities at Lansdowne. 1999 saw an extension to the College complex itself which included improved dining facilities and the creation of a special complex for sixth year students. In 2008, construction was completed on an AstroTurf pitch, which is now used for various sporting activities, including after school football.[citation needed]

Though the Christian Brothers retain a presence on the Board of Management, as Trustees, CBC is now staffed entirely by lay teachers, and is recognised as one of Ireland's leading educational establishments at secondary level. (In the 2016 Sunday Times Schools League Table, CBC was listed 13th among the country's top boys schools.)[4]

CBC has over 1000 students in the college with 885 studying at Secondary Level and more than 250 studying at Primary Level in the Preparatory School.[citation needed] The current principal of the college (both secondary and preparatory) is Dr. Laurence Jordan.[5][6]

In 2008, annual fees were €3,100 for first year and €2,850 for subsequent years,[7] rising to €3,600 for first year and €3,425 for subsequent years as of 2015.[citation needed]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school is one of Cork's "rugby union nurseries" and have won the Munster Schools' Senior Cup twenty nine times - more than any other school in the competition.[8][9] The most recent Senior Cup title wins were in 2009 (in a final against Rockwell College), and in 2016 (in a close final against Crescent College). Recent members of the Munster rugby squad, Stephen Archer, Darragh Hurley, Tomás O'Leary, Billy Holland, and Donncha O'Callaghan[10] are past pupils.[citation needed]

The school also participates in other extracurricular activities, including debating,[11] charitable activities, basketball and others.[12] The school also participates in other sports, including soccer (football) and GAA (Gaelic football and Hurling) - with CBC winning the Junior Cup for soccer in 2003 and 2008 and several Lord Mayor Cups.

Through several fundraising efforts, including the annual Christmas appeal, CBC supports charities including SHARE, S.V.P., HOPE, Trócaire and Concern.[citation needed] One of the school's main charitable activities is the "Zambia Immersion Project",[13] which has run biannually since 2003 and involves students travelling to Zambia with staff to assist with Christian Brothers' missions in Murundu, Mufulira.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Subject Inspection of Latin in Christian Brothers College, Cork". Department of Education and Science. 17 January 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Take a walk on the Victorian Quarter side". Cork Independent. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c "Christian Brothers College marks 125 years". Irish Examiner. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2018. 
  4. ^ "The Top 25 schools in the country have been revealed". 30 August 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2018. 
  5. ^ "Straight As, a keeper's comeback and one happy hurler". Irish Times. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  6. ^ - Message from Principal Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Walshe, John; Hickey, Shane (28 October 2008). "School fees to soar as state aid is cut by €10m". Irish Independent. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ryan magic seals title for CBC as brave 'Rock' fall short". Irish Independent. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "O'Flaherty stars in PBC triumph". Irish Independent. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Riegel, Ralph (24 December 2009). "Rugby stars line out for Donncha's big day". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  11. ^ Archived October 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ - Clubs and Activities at CBC Archived September 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ - Official Site of the CBC Zambia Immersion Project
  14. ^ a b c d "President praises Christian Brothers for contribution to education in Cork". Irish Times. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2018. Among the many Corkonians to attend CBC Cork were former Tánaiste Peter Barry, Irish Examiner owner Ted Crosbie, former UCC president Gerry Wrixon, former UL president Ed Walsh and rugby players Donal Lenehan, Noel Murphy and Donncha O'Callaghan 
  15. ^ "Retired Missouri bishop dies in home country of Ireland at age 82". National Catholic Reporter. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  16. ^ "2 cool 4 skool?". Irish Times. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2018. 
  17. ^ "Tributes flow for TD in tragic cliff walk death". Irish Examiner. 16 March 1998. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  18. ^ "Bank of Ireland launch FAI Schools season". FAI. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018. Hull City’s David Meyler attended Christian Brothers College, Cork  
  19. ^ a b "Schools Profile: Christian Brothers College Cork". Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  20. ^ "Profile - Frank Murphy". Guinness Pro 14. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  21. ^ - Player profiles - Tomás O'Leary Archived April 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ "Resolute Duncan Williams still pushing for perfection". Irish Examiner. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  23. ^ Séamas de Barra: Aloys Fleischmann, Dublin 2006, p 12

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