St Finbarr's College, Farranferris

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Farranferris was a secondary school, on the north side of Cork City, Ireland.

St Finbarr's College was built as a seminary for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross in 1883-5. It was constructed by E.P. O'Flynn at a cost of £17,000 to designs by Samuel Francis Hynes (it is listed in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritige as a "fine and imposing example of late Victorian ecclesiastical architecture in the Gothic Revival style").[1]

In 1960, the college was expanded (to the designs of James Boyd Barrett) to provide extra schoolroom accommodation and it began to take non-seminary boarders.[1]

With time, Farranferris began to accept pupils from the city as day students.

The uniform worn by students was a wine-coloured jumper with grey shirt and trousers.

The centenary of the founding of the seminary was celebrated in 1987.

Farranferris closed to boarding pupils at the end of the 1999-2000 academic year and the college closed fully in 2006.[2]


The school was successful at hurling, having won the Dr. Harty Cup and Dr. Croke Cup on several occasions.


  • Walsh, Fr. J. C.: Farranferris: The Heritage of St Finbarr 1887-1987. Tower Books, Cork 1987.

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