Drimnagh Castle Secondary School

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Drimnagh Castle
Caisleán Druimnigh
Drimnagh, Dublin 12
Coordinates 53°19′27″N 6°20′01″W / 53.3243°N 6.3337°W / 53.3243; -6.3337Coordinates: 53°19′27″N 6°20′01″W / 53.3243°N 6.3337°W / 53.3243; -6.3337
Motto Malo Mori Quam Foedari
(Latin for 'Death rather than dishonour')
Established 1954
Number of students 650

Drimnagh Castle Secondary School (Meánscoil Iognáid Rís) is a Christian Brothers secondary school located on the Long Mile Road in the suburb of Drimnagh, Dublin. The school buildings are situated directly beside the old Norman castle from which the school takes its name.


Drimnagh Castle Secondary School first opened its doors in 1954. For a short time after the school opened, classes took place in the castle itself, until the current buildings were completed at a cost of £84,000.

At the time of its opening, all students were taught by Christian Brothers. As the years passed, however, the numbers of brothers teaching in the school gradually fell and there are currently no brothers teaching in the school. The majority of students come from Drimnagh Castle Primary School but a good deal of pupils come from other schools in the area as well as other schools in the surrounding suburbs. Dr Ray Walsh retired as principal in 2014 . The current principal is Mr John Devilly, a former principal of St James secondary school. Also, the current vice principle is Mr Hayes.

The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2004. This occasion was celebrated by the addition of a new sports changing facility which was officially opened on 4 October 2004 by President Mary McAleese.

Sporting Tradition[edit]

Drimnagh Castle has a great sporting tradition helped by its extensive playing fields which lie hidden from view of the Long Mile Road. The school team was crowned All-Ireland soccer champions in 2002 and have also won a host of GAA tournaments in recent years.

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