Tourmakeady College

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Tourmakeady College (Irish: Coláiste Mhuire Tuar Mhic Éadaigh) is an Irish-speaking voluntary secondary school in Tourmakeady, County Mayo, Ireland. The school has approximately 200 students.[citation needed]

The school was at the centre of the Gaelic literary revival. The Coláiste Chonnacht was founded in 1905 as a summer school by Conradh na Gaeilge. The principal was Micheál Breathnach, with Máire Ní Tuathail as his assistant. The school became known as Cliabhran Conradh na Gaeilge—the "cradle of the Gaelic League". Among the people who visited the school were Douglas Hyde (later to become the first President of Ireland), Patrick Pearse, Éamon de Valera, Kuno Meyer (the renowned German Gaelic scholar), Padraig Ó Domhnallain, and other Irish writers visited the school frequently. De Valera was later to marry Sinead Flanagan, who had been a teacher at the school.[1]

Coláiste Chonnacht continued as a summer school until the 1960s; it was then taken over by the Sisters of Mercy, who ran a successful boarding school for girls.[2] The sisters left in 1990 owing to a drop in the number of vocations, and the school was handed over to a local committee.[3]


  1. ^ Information about Tourmakeady College (in Irish and English),; accessed 23 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Sisters of Mercy Tourmakeady". Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  3. ^ "School History". Retrieved 15 April 2017.

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