St. Colman's College, Fermoy

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St. Colman's College
Coláiste Cholmáin
St. Colman's crest.gif

Republic of Ireland
Coordinates52°08′14″N 8°16′45″W / 52.137192°N 8.27903°W / 52.137192; -8.27903Coordinates: 52°08′14″N 8°16′45″W / 52.137192°N 8.27903°W / 52.137192; -8.27903
MottoDilis do Dhia agus d'Eirinn
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1858; 161 years ago (1858)
PrincipalVeronica O'Donoghue
Colour(s)         Green & White
Former pupilsColmanites
St. Colman's College, Fermoy, Co. Cork.png
The old building of St. Colman's College

St. Colman's College (Irish: Coláiste Cholmáin) is a private all-boys voluntary secondary school, and former boarding school, in Fermoy, County Cork. The College was founded in 1856 and opened in 1858 as the diocesan college of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cloyne. Archbishop Thomas Croke, after whom Croke Park is named, became the school's first President in this year. The College is renowned for its sporting history.


The site upon which St. Colman's was built was bought by Fr. Timothy Murphy in 1856. Murphy commissioned John Pine Hurley to design the new College building. Twenty months after construction began, St. Colman's opened its doors to its first students in 1858. The original College building is three storeys in height and boasts an impressive six-storey tower. The facade of red sandstone with limestone facings. The building, with its tall tower, has since become an iconic structure in Fermoy and looms over the town's skyline. A west wing was added in 1887 while the school chapel was added in the early 1900s. A new classroom block was added to the College in 1969. This new block boasted a large assembly hall and twenty-two classrooms. A library in the College, known among the students and faculty as the Priest's Library, houses many rare manuscripts and books. From the very beginning, St. Colman's welcomed boarders from all over Munster; however, boarding ceased in the College in 2003.[1]


The College has a strong hurling tradition and has won the Dr. Harty Cup nine times (1948, 1949, 1977, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002 & 2003). Today all teams are represented by local club players. Today the sport is as strong as ever but the College also has a much more diverse sporting ethos. The College has successful in competition with sports as diverse as equestrian, pitch and putt, tennis, rugby (former Leinster and Ireland prop Mike Ross being a past pupil), cricket, basketball, and badminton in recent years.

The St. Colman's Health & Fitness Campus, a huge redevelopment of the College's sports grounds, was opened in 2015. The project included the building of brand new dressing rooms and showers, three full sized tennis courts and a fitness walkway around the Harty pitch.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

The arts[edit]


  • Canon Bertie Troy, Cork hurling manager, photographer, and faculty of the College (1957-1977)[6]
  • Mike Ross, Irish rugby player
  • Andrew O'Shaughnessy, Kilmallock, Limerick Hurler. All Ireland Finalist 2007
  • Stephen Molumphy, Ballyduff, Waterford Hurler, All Ireland Finalist 2008
  • Aidan Kearney, Tallow, Waterford Hurler, All Ireland Finalist 2008
  • Timmy McCarthy, Castlelyons, Cork Hurler, All Ireland Champion 1999/2004/05
  • Brian Murphy, Bride Rovers, Cork Hurler, All Ireland Champion 2004/05
  • Fergal McCormack, Mallow, Cork Hurler, All Ireland Champion 1999
  • Mark Landers, Killeagh, Cork Senior Hurling Winning Captain 1999
  • Seánie O'Leary, Youghal, Cork Hurler, All Ireland Winner 1976/77/78/1984, All Ireland U21 1970/71/73 Minor 1969/1970
  • Barry Murphy, Scarriff, Clare All Ireland Hurling Champion 1997
  • Colm Spillane, Castlelyons, Cork Senior Hurler, Munster Winner 2017

Irish history[edit]

One of the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, Thomas McDonagh, taught in St. Colman's for a period of time.[7]

External links[edit]


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