|Gonzaga College S.J.
Coláiste Gonzaga C.Í
Crest based on Duchy of Mantua coat of arms
|Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
|School type||Secondary school|
|Motto||Semper et Ubique Fidelis
(Faithful always and everywhere)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic, Jesuit|
|Slogan||Ad maiorem Dei gloriam|
|School fees||€5800 p.a. (2014-15)|
Gonzaga College is a fee-paying, Catholic boys' secondary school in Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland, under the trusteeship of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuit Order). Founded in 1950, the curriculum is traditional, with a broad general programme of subjects including Latin and Greek at junior cycle and the opportunity in senior cycle to study eight subjects for the Leaving Certificate. Gonzaga College is one of five Jesuit schools in Ireland.
The school is named after the early Jesuit Saint Aloysius Gonzaga and takes its emblem from the coat of arms of the Gonzaga family. The school has a liberal, intellectual, anglo-centric and Jesuit ethos and its pupils must be Catholic and live south of the River Liffey. The annual fee for the 2010–2011 academic year was €5,800.
The school is located 3.7 km (2.3 mi) from Dublin city centre on a large area of land including a front lawn with cricket crease, rugby pitches and tennis courts. The school buildings include a library, chapel, clock tower, theatre, priests' residence and science block. The architecture of the school mixes modern copper-roofed buildings with older period houses. Some sections of the school grounds were sold to developers for housing in the 1980s and 1990s.
In 2007, the school began a major extension project, increasing the size of the school building by over 80%. The new building opened to students for the 2009-10 school year.
Gonzaga College has a reputation for academic excellence. The use of examinations to select pupils for admission has been discontinued following government intervention (the state part-funds the school by paying some teachers' salaries), although boys and parents are interviewed ("the interview is a sharing of ideas"). In 2005, the school sent 68% of its Leaving Certificate pupils to University College Dublin and 21% to Trinity College Dublin. Almost every year, it comes first in a league table of Irish schools ranked by percentage of Leaving Certificate students progressing to third level education.
Visual arts, theatre, and music are emphasised in the curriculum; pupils are encouraged to study Latin and Greek. The school chess team has been particularly successful, winning national and international awards. Notably, their achievements include dozens of Leinster and All-Ireland titles as well as winning the prestigious Millfield International Chess Tournament, held in Somerset, UK, in 1992, 1999, 2014  and 2015.
The Junior Cup Rugby teams of 1989, 2003 and 2006 reached the final of the Leinster Schools Junior Cup. The Senior Cup Team (SCT) have often reached the quarter finals of the cup. They have, however, won the Senior League (for middle-ranking schools) on several occasions. The school has produced a small number of professional rugby players and six Irish internationals: Tony Ensor, Barry Bresnihan (who went on to represent the British and Irish Lions), Padraig Kenny, Kevin McLaughlin, Dominic Ryan and Matt Healy. In 2008, the SCT captured the Vinnie Murray Cup after their second time in the competition, beating Cistercian College, Roscrea 19-7. They repeated this success in 2010 defeating CBC Monkstown 11-10.
The school golf team won Leinster titles in 1999 and 2006. Previously, the team reached the semi-finals of the junior cup. In 2010, the Senior Team won the Leinster Schools Senior Matchplay competition, beating Blackrock College 3½ to 1½. They went on to win the All-Ireland Golf Championship in April 2010.
Gaelic games were not played in the past but, in recent years, a team has been entered in a Gaelic football blitz involving other rugby-playing schools. Gonzaga College won this blitz in 2007.
The school is occasionally represented by a soccer team in friendly matches, but association football is not an official sport of the school.
The main sports in the College during the summer term are lawn tennis and cricket. Gonzaga has a strong tennis tradition, producing many of Ireland's finest tennis players including Barry King, Seán Molloy and Jerry Sheehan. In recent years, players such as John Morrissey (Stanford University) and Osgar Ó hOisín (University of Wisconsin) have received tennis scholarships to the United States. The college has also produced three cricket internationals, most recently bowler George Dockrell.
Gonzaga College has a tradition of strong chess teams which have been victorious in numerous Leinster and national championships. The junior and senior team won both the Leinster and All-Ireland Championship in 2009, a feat they repeated in 2011. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, they were Leinster and All Ireland champions at minor, junior and senior levels – an unprecedented clean sweep of Irish schools chess. Of the school chess teams' many achievements, most noteworthy was winning the prestigious Millfield International Chess Tournament in England in 1992, 1999, 2014, 2015, and 2016, while also winning the Eton College Rapidplay in 2016. Many school chess players have built on their experiences at the college and after graduating continued to greater success, including International Masters Sam Collins and Mark Quinn.
Initially the school consisted of the three Bewley buildings on the site, one being used for the school, one as a Jesuit house of residence, and one as a lunch room, changing rooms, science laboratories, etc. In the 1950s Andrew Devane of Robinson Keefe Devane Architects prepared a masterplan with a school hall between the two main houses and classroom wings extending to the two main houses. The masterplan included a chapel in front of the hall and main entrance. Over the 1950s the classroom wing linked to the school house was built along with the hall and main entrance. In the 1960s the chapel was built. In the 1980s an additional wing of classrooms was constructed. The school's renovation project finished in time for the 2009-10 school year: the first stage was a complete renovation of the science facilities, while the second stage almost doubled the floor area of the school with new buildings. The extension included a new dining hall, theatre, gym changing area, and classrooms. The old school hall was completely renovated into a modern library with meeting rooms and study facilities.
Notable past pupils
- Colm Barrington — chairman of Aer Lingus
- Barry Bresnihan — former Irish Rugby international, British and Irish Lions player and renowned doctor
- Paul Carney — Irish High Court judge
- Justin Carroll — diplomat
- Anthony Clare — psychiatrist and broadcaster
- Peter Clinch — Jean Monnet Professor of European Policy at University College Dublin and economic adviser to former Taoiseach Brian Cowen
- Finghin Collins — concert pianist
- Sam Collins — International Master of chess
- Niall Crowley — CEO of the Irish Equality Authority
- Ciarán Cuffe — Green Party TD and Minister of State for Horticulture, Sustainable Travel, and Planning and Heritage
- Conor Deasy — lead singer with The Thrills
- George Dockrell — Ireland national cricket team and Somerset County Cricket Club cricket player.
- Paul Durcan — poet
- Tony Ensor — Irish rugby international
- Kevin Feeney — Irish High Court judge
- Patrick Gibson — Actor, notable for his role in The OA 
- Ross Geoghegan — Professor of Mathematics, State University of New York.
- Jack Gleeson - actor, notable for his role in Game of Thrones as King Joffrey.
- Ed Guiney - Oscar-nominated film producer
- Matt Healy - Connacht Rugby player and Ireland international
- Patrick Kennedy — Chief Executive of Paddy Power
- Charles Lysaght — lawyer and obituary writer
- Aidan Mathews — poet, dramatist, novelist.
- Peter Mathews (politician) — Independent TD formerly Fine Gael
- Barry McCrea — writer
- Feichin McDonagh — Senior Counsel
- Michael McDowell — Tánaiste, Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and Attorney General of Ireland.
- Peter McMenamin — General Secretary of the Teachers Union of Ireland
- Kevin McLaughlin — Leinster and Ireland rugby player
- George K. Miley — Professor of Astronomy, Leiden University
- David McRedmond — CEO of An Post, former CEO of TV3
- Redmond Morris, 4th Baron Killanin — film producer
- Neil Munro - journalist who interrupted President Obama by shouting questions against Hispanic immigration policy on June 15, 2012
- Jim O'Callaghan — Dublin City Councillor
- Hugh O'Connor - actor
- Eunan O'Halpin — Professor of Contemporary Irish History in Trinity College Dublin
- Dominic Ryan — Leinster Rugby player
- Eamon Ryan — Green Party TD and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
- Andrew Scott — actor
- Ronan Sheehan — novelist, short story writer, essayist, and former copyright lawyer
- Michael Smith - journalist and editor of Village (magazine)
- Peter Sutherland — EU Commissioner, former Director General of the World Trade Organisation, former Attorney General of Ireland, former Chairman of BP and Chairman of Goldman Sachs
- Hugh Tinney — concert pianist
- Brendan Walsh — Professor of National Economics, University College Dublin
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- Gonzaga College SJ
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- Kerrigan, Gene (2011-05-01). "I'd love to be a judge, if I had the Latin". Sunday Independent.
...the school takes only practising Catholic boys, who "must be resident south of the River Liffey". No northsiders need apply. This might be defended as relating to proximity to the school -- but northside Drumcondra and East Wall are closer to Gonzaga than are southside Killiney and Dalkey.[permanent dead link]
- Kerrigan, Gene (2011-09-25). "Furthering inequality in divided society". Sunday Independent.
Gonzaga College, for instance, has a no-northsiders-need-apply policy, stated openly. You have to live south of the Liffey.
- Wikimapia Distance measured precisely to G.P.O. as crow flies.
- Irish Times Article:Free schools score highly in third-level feeder list
- Dáil question to minister for education on use of entrance exams
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- Irish Times schools ranking 2005 (subscription required)
- Latin and Greek encouraged by headmaster
- Millfield International Chess Tournament - 15 December 2005
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- All-Ireland Chess Success
- A beast of the aer
- Barry Bresnihan Obituary The Telegraph, 2010-07-26.
- Judge with one eye on the Media
- Leading diplomat who worked as volunteer in Africa and India Irish Times, 2011-04-09.
- The chair man: Anthony Clare
- He's the last big hope for nation on its knees[permanent dead link], Sunday Independent, 2008-06-29. Retrieved: 2010-08-25.
- Finghin Collins ~ Concert Pianist
- The chess games of Sam Collins
- First among equals Sunday Tribune, 2002-05-26.
- Green Party TD
- The Secret History Of The Thrills
- Poetry and emotion
- Old dogs and new tricks
- Clash of Wigless Titans
- Ross Geoghegan
- Mixed feelings for Connacht's Healy after Ireland debut in defeat to Boks
- Bookie with luck of the Irish The Guardian, 2006-03-18.
- Photo Gallery Gonzaga Union. Retrieved: 2011-11-18.
- Aidan Mathews, Ricorso. Retrieved: 2012-01-06.
- Inaugural Benevolent Fund Event Gonzaga Union. Retrieved: 2011-11-18.
- Militant union bosses tackling gender inequality... in Bangkok Daily Mail, 2011-01-23.
- George K. Miley
- David McRedmond: TV3 Business and Finance. Retrieved: 2011-11-18.
- The dream that still dwells in marble halls
- Jim O'Callaghan jimocallaghan.com. Retrieved: 2011-11-18.
- FF's strength in numbers
- Ronan Sheehan, Ricorso
- Secretary-General Appoints Peter Sutherland as Special Representative for Migration, United Nations Press Release, 2006-01-23. Retrieved: 2010-08-25.
- Jubilee Concert
- Brendan Walsh
- Parent Power: Zealous ethos drives Gonzaga to the top, The Sunday Times.(subscription required)
- Archived history page from old version of the college website
- A Short History of Gonzaga College, 1950–2000, Christopher J. Finlay, Dublin, September 2000, Eneclann Ltd. ISBN 978-0-9537557-1-4.