St Finbarr's College, Farranferris
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").
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.
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.
- Walsh, Fr. J. C.: Farranferris: The Heritage of St Finbarr 1887-1987. Tower Books, Cork 1987.
Notable pupils and staff
- Daniel Cohalan, Bishop of Cork
- Timothy Smiddy, Ireland's first Ambassador/Overseas Minister
- Aloys Fleischmann, Composer, Cathedral Organist and Choirmaster
- Patrick MacSwiney, Priest, Gaelic Scholar, Antiquarian, Historian and Teacher
- Francis Fogarty, Air Chief Marshal and a senior commander in the Royal Air Force during World War II
- Michael Joseph Sheehan, Brigadier in the British Army (service during World War I and World War II)
- Cornelius Lucey, Bishop of Cork/Bishop of Cork and Ross
- Dinny Barry-Murphy, Hurler
- Aloys Fleischmann Jnr., Composer
- James Young, Hurler and Gaelic Footballer
- Christy Ring, Hurler (Coached at Farranferris)
- Jerome Kiely, Poet
- John A. Murphy, Historian
- Seán Ó Riada, Composer and founder of Ceoltóirí Chualann
- Michael O Brien, Hurling Coach and Hurling Manager
- Bill O'Herlihy, Broadcaster
- John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross
- Joe Walsh, Politician
- Seánie Barry, Hurler
- Johnny Crowley, Hurler
- Finbar Wright, Singer
- Kieran Kingston, Hurler and Hurling Manager
- Jerry Buttimer, Politician
- Liam Twomey, Politician
- Mark Foley, Hurler
- Kevin Murray, Hurler
- Mark Prendergast, Hurler
- Tom Kenny, Hurler
- Paul Tierney, Hurler
- John Gardiner, Hurler
- Shane Murphy, Hurler
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