Scoil Colmcille, Letterkenny

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Scoil Colmcille
Scoil Colmcille Letterkenny.jpg
Convent Road, Letterkenny
County Donegal
Established 1974
Principal Joe Crossan[citation needed]

Scoil Colmcille is a national school in County Donegal, Ireland, located on Letterkenny's Convent Road, across from the Loreto Convent. The principal is Pauric Cannon.[citation needed]


Scoil Colmcille stands on the site of the town's first Gaelic football playing field.[1] It was built in 1974. Boys are housed at the rear end of the school and play in the back yard while girls are taught at the front entrance and play in the adjoining yard. At the time of the new Scoil Colmcille's opening over 600 boys attended the school. By 1985 school numbers grew to over 700 and 23 teachers were employed. The current principal is Pauric Cannon.[citation needed] Other non-teaching staff include secretaries, cleaners, ancillary workers and a caretaker.

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Allegations of child abuse[edit]

In his autobiography which was released in 2010, internationally renowned chef Conrad Gallagher told of the abuse he received at the school. He discussed how the Christian Brothers would feel him up and attempt to interfere with him. However he has decided not to press charges against the abusers. He stated that he wishes to put it all behind him.[2]

Environmental affairs[edit]

Plaque located on the wall of the old Scoil Colm Cille

The school has won the prestigious Green Flag award on a number of occasions and is well known for its environmental endeavours. A school newspaper, The Green Eco, is produced irregularly.[3]


All-Ireland-winning past pupils Rory Kavanagh and Kevin Rafferty visited Scoil Colmcille on 26 September 2012, accompanied by the Sam Maguire Cup, as well as Colm McFadden and Frank McGlynn.[4]

Notable past pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "History of the GAA in Letterkenny and St. Eunan's GAA Club". St. Eunan's website. 
  2. ^ "Chef's bitter taste of St Eunan's revealed in new book". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. December 2010. 
  3. ^ The Green Eco
  4. ^ "Picture special: Rory Kavanagh returns to Scoil Cholmcille with Sam". Donegal Daily. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 

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