Mount Temple Comprehensive School

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Mount Temple Comprehensive School
Nisi Dominus Frustra
If not the master, in vain
Malahide Road
Clontarf, Dublin 3
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 53°22′09″N 6°13′21″W / 53.3691°N 6.2225°W / 53.3691; -6.2225Coordinates: 53°22′09″N 6°13′21″W / 53.3691°N 6.2225°W / 53.3691; -6.2225
School type Government co-educational
Established 1972
Principal Helen Gormley
Student to teacher ratio 25:1 approx.
Houses 2
Colour(s)      Black
Information 01 8336984

Mount Temple Comprehensive School is a secondary school in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland. Mount Temple Comprehensive School operates under the patronage of the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, and has, as a primary objective, the provision of state-funded second level education to the Protestant population of North Dublin. The school was established in 1972 following the amalgamation of Mountjoy School, Hibernian Marine School and Bertrand & Rutland School.[citation needed]


  • Hibernian Marine School was a charity school founded in 1766, originally to provide for the orphans and children of seamen. The school was located on the Seafield Road in Clontarf, Dublin.
  • Mountjoy School was a boarding school in Mountjoy Square (in the same building was the Incorporated Society for Promoting Protestant Schools). It later moved to the current location in Clontarf.
  • Bertrand & Rutland School was in Eccles Street on the northside of Dublin, it was a Church of Ireland School, the Bertrand and Rutland Fund still funds scholarships to Protestant schools in Ireland.[1]

Hibernian Marine School amalgamated with Mountjoy School in 1968 and became Mountjoy & Marine School. The school later amalgamated with Bertrand & Rutland and took the name of Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1972.

Main Mount Temple building

Mount Temple was the school where the rock band U2 was formed. In September 1976, 14-year-old drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a notice on the school's noticeboard, looking for fellow musicians. All four members of U2 are former pupils of the school.[2]

During the summer months the whole school facility is used by The Centre Of English Studies (CES), catering for hundreds of international students who come to Dublin to learn English.


Mount Temple Comprehensive School has about 900 students, although it was only built to cater for around 500. There is plans for a new school to be built on site to cater for these extra students but no work has started yet.

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  1. ^ Educational Endowment Schemes Dáil Éireann - Volume 393 - 14 November 1989
  2. ^ a b c d e f Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. U2 by U2. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-077674-9. 
  3. ^ Irish Press, Wednesday, January 31, 1990 available on Tallest Man website[1]
  4. ^ Shaun's Aisbitt's Testimony[2]
  5. ^ Irish Times Article February 22, 2005.
  6. ^ Times Online article on Damien Dempsey's background.
  7. ^ Profile from Connacht Branch
  8. ^ A short bio on comedy CV. IMDB entry
  9. ^ Short article from about Maybury being called for the Irish team.
  10. ^ BBC article on Christopher Nolan winning the Whitbread award.

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