St Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Belfast
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|St. Mary's Christian Brothers Grammar School|
Scoil Ghramadaí Mhuire na mBráithre Críostaí
147a Glen Road|
Belfast, BT11 8NR
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Age||11 to 19|
The school was founded by the Irish Christian Brothers in 1866. The original school was on Divis St in the lower Falls Road area of Belfast. In 1929, a new secondary school was built in the nearby Barrack Street. The students were largely drawn from the surrounding district but also began to attract some from across Belfast and wider afield.
Due to the growing student population, it was decided in the 1960s to build a new school. This opened in a site off the Glen Road in 1968. The Barrack Street campus remained in use until 1998 when all students were accommodated in the greatly extended school on the Glen Road.
The school was originally entirely run by the Irish Christian Brothers but in the late twentieth century their numbers declined and the school is now entirely staffed by lay teachers. It is now under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (NI). The current principal of the school is John Martin who took up his position in November 2014 upon the retirement of Jim Sheerin, who had been principal from 2008.
The school provides instruction in a broad range of academic subjects.  At the advanced level students are prepared for exams in Applied Business, Business Communication Systems, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, ICT, Computing, Art & Design, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Politics, English Literature, Drama, Irish, Music, Sports Studies, Media Studies, Home Economics, French, Spanish Travel and Leisure. St Mary's also offer a double award science option and a further maths option which pupils are chosen for.
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The school hurling team won six Mageean Cup titles in succession in the 1990s. St. Marys also completed an Ulster Colleges double in 2008 winning both the Mageean Cup and the McLarnon Cup for the first time in the school's history after beating St Columbs (Derry) 1-7 to 0-8 in the final at Healy Park in Omagh on St Patrick's Day. The school has also had sustained success in handball and Gaelic football.
Since the lifting of the ban on school representation in soccer competitions in 2002 the school has become the most successful in Belfast. On St Patrick's Day 2006 at Lisburn Distillery's grounds the Year 12s won its first ever soccer cup, the Belfast Cup, defeating Boys Model School. They followed up the next year with its first NI Cup in 2007 (Year 12) as well as the 2007 Belfast Cup (Year 11).
This success was followed up in 2008 as they won the year 9 Belfast Cup as well as an historic double in lifting both the Carnegie Schools Northern Ireland Cup (Year 13/14) and became the first school in 20 years to retain the Malcolm Brodie northern Ireland Trophy (year 12) with a victory over St Columbs, Derry. The winning tradition continues into the last year of the decade with wins in the NI Cup and Belfast Cup for the U14s and the U15s winning the Belfast cup.
It is the only school in Ireland to have a clean sweep of All-Ireland titles at all age groups in consecutive years. A 9th Canada Cup in a row was won in April 2009 with several of the team continuing to represent Ireland at international tournaments.
Clubs and Societies
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The school has excelled in the European and Irish News inter-school quizzes, currently holding both trophies. The school debating team won the Northern Ireland Schools Debating Championship in 2008, defeating the team from Antrim Grammar School in the final at Stormont. This is the only time St Mary's has won the competition.
The school maintains an orchestra and a recording studio, stages theatrical and musical performances, as well as entering students in art competitions.
- Michael MacConaill (1902 - 1987), Chair of Anatomy at University College, Cork
- Maurice Clint (b. 1944), university professor, computer science, QUB
- Ciarán Carson (b. 1948), poet and university professor
- Thomas Bartlett (b. 1949), university professor, historian
- Vincent McBrierty (b. 1949), professor of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Constantinian Knight
- Michael Murray (b. 1952), university professor, psychology
- John G. Hughes (b. 1953), physicist and university vice-chancellor National University of Ireland, Maynooth; vice-chancellor, Bangor University, Wales
- Gabriel Scally (b. 1955), public health physician; director of public health
Media and Arts
- Albert Sharpe (1885 - 1970), actor
- Malachy (Max) Caulfield (b. 1923), author and journalist 
- Eugene McEldowney (b. 1943), author
- James Dougall (1945 - 2010), journalist
- Seamus Finnegan (b. 1949), dramatist
- Ronan Bennett (b. 1956), author
- Pól Ó Muirí (b. 1965), Irish language poet and author
- Jonjo O'Neill (b. 1978), actor
- Joseph Devlin (1871 - 1934), politician
- Seán MacEntee (1889 - 1984), politician, TD, Tánaiste, member of the first Dáil Éireann
- Gerry Adams (b. 1948), politician, TD, president of Sinn Féin
- John Cushnahan (b. 1948), politician
- Martin McAleese (b. 1951), dentist, politician; husband of Mary McAleese
- Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (b. 1959), publisher, 58th Lord Mayor of Belfast (2013–14), MLA (Sinn Féin)
- Gerry Carroll (b. 1987), MLA (People Before Profit Alliance)
- Francis Hanna (1914 - 1987), lawyer and politician
- Richard McLaughlin (b. 1947), High court judge 
- Jim McDonald, Chief Officer of the Labour Relations Agency; Independent Assessor of the Military Complaints Procedures in Northern Ireland; Member of the Police Authority and Trustee of the RUC GC Museum; first Chairman of the RUC George Cross Foundation.
- Pat Finucane (1949 - 1989), Human rights lawyer
- Donal O'Donnell (b. 1958), judge, Supreme Court of Ireland (Dublin)
- John F. Larkin, attorney general of Northern Ireland (Belfast)
- William Conway (1913 - 1977), cardinal archbishop Armagh, Primate of All Ireland
- Thomas Bartley (1926 - 2007), vicar general of the diocese of Down and Connor
- Patrick Walsh (b. 1931), bishop of Down & Connor
- Seán Connor (b. 1967), footballer, manager of Sligo Rovers F.C.
- Conor McLaughlin (b. 1991), Preston North End footballer, international playing for Northern Ireland
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