Christian Brothers College, Cork

Christian Brothers College, Cork (CBC Cork, colloquially known as Christians) is a fee-paying Catholic school under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust in Cork, Ireland.[3]

CBC Cork
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Sidney Hill, Cork, Ireland
Coordinates51°54′13″N 8°28′03″W / 51.9036°N 8.4674°W / 51.9036; -8.4674Coordinates: 51°54′13″N 8°28′03″W / 51.9036°N 8.4674°W / 51.9036; -8.4674
MottoCerta Bonum Certamen
(Fight the good fight)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PrincipalMr David Lordon[1]
Enrollment1000+ (Preparatory & Secondary combined)[2]
ColorsSq3 redyellowblack.svg

Their sister school in Dublin is CBC Monkstown.[2]


Saint Patrick's Place building

In the mid 19th century the Vincentian Fathers maintained a seminary at Saint Patrick's Place in Cork, known as the Cork Diocesan Seminary. In 1888 a new seminary with residential accommodation was completed at Farranferris, and the Vincentian ecclesiastical students transferred there.[4]

The then bishop of Cork, Most Rev. Dr O'Callaghan, invited the Christian Brothers to take charge of the St Patrick's Place establishment.[5]

From the beginning, CBC was principally involved in preparing pupils for university entry,[citation needed] and operated on St Patrick's Place for one hundred years.[5]

Recent developmentEdit

Marking the centenary in 1988, the College moved from its original site to a new location, one hundred metres away, atop Sidney Hill.[5]

In 1994, the school appointed its first lay principal, Dr. Laurence Jordan, who held the position until 2018.[6][7] In the same period (1996-1998) modernisation works took place on the sports facilities at Lansdowne, and an extension to the College complex itself included improved dining facilities and the creation of a complex for sixth year students.[citation needed] By 2008, the school's annual fees were €3,100 for first year and €2,850 for subsequent years.[8]

Though the Christian Brothers retain a presence on the Board of Management, as Trustees, CBC is now staffed entirely by lay teachers, and is recognised as one of Ireland's leading educational establishments at secondary level. In the 2016 Sunday Times Schools League Table, CBC was listed 13th among the country's top boys schools.[9]

As of January 2019, CBC had over 1000 students in the college, with over 900 at Secondary Level, and approximately 150 at Primary Level in the Preparatory School.[2] The principal of the college (both secondary and preparatory) is Mr. David Lordon.[1]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

The school is one of Cork's "rugby union nurseries" and have won the Munster Schools' Senior Cup twenty nine times - a record unbeaten by any other school in the competition.[10][11] The most recent Senior Cup title wins were in 2009 (in a final against Rockwell College), and in 2016 (in a close final against Crescent College).[12] The college's main rivals are Presentation Brothers College (as the two main fee paying all-boys schools in Cork, both share similar histories, student bases, and sporting and academic traditions). A number of CBC past pupils have been members of the Munster Rugby squad, including Darragh Hurley, Tomás O'Leary, and Donncha O'Callaghan.[13][14][15]

The school also participates in other extracurricular activities, including debating,[16] charitable activities, basketball and others.[17] The school also participates in other sports, including soccer (association football) and GAA (Gaelic football and hurling) - with CBC winning the Junior Cup for soccer in 2003 and 2008,[citation needed] and reaching the final of the Dr. Harty Cup (hurling) in 2019.[18]

Through several fundraising efforts, including the annual Christmas appeal, CBC supports charities including SHARE, Saint Vincent de Paul, HOPE, Trócaire and Concern.[citation needed] Among the school's charitable activities is the "Zambia Immersion Project", which involves students travelling to Zambia to observe and assist with development work.[2][19]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b "Contact Details". CBC. Archived from the original on 14 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "'The aim is for every student to become the best version of themselves' Christian Brothers College, Cork". Independent News & Media. 27 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Subject Inspection of Latin in Christian Brothers College, Cork". Department of Education and Science. 17 January 2008. Archived from the original on 21 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Take a walk on the Victorian Quarter side". Cork Independent. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Christian Brothers College marks 125 years". Irish Examiner. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Christian Brothers College marks 125 years". Irish Examiner. 16 November 2013. Principal Larry Jordan, who joined CBC in 1981 [..] was appointed its first lay principal in 1994
  7. ^ "Families celebrate as seven male students achieve incredible eight H1s in Leaving Cert". Independent News & Media. 15 August 2018. Alex Burke from [CBC] with outgoing principal Larry Jordan and new principal David Lordan
  8. ^ Walshe, John; Hickey, Shane (28 October 2008). "School fees to soar as state aid is cut by €10m". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008.
  9. ^ "The Top 25 schools in the country have been revealed". 30 August 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Ryan magic seals title for CBC as brave 'Rock' fall short". Irish Independent. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  11. ^ "O'Flaherty stars in PBC triumph". Irish Independent. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Cork's CBC crowned Munster Schools Senior Cup champions". Irish Independent. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  13. ^ a b Riegel, Ralph (24 December 2009). "Rugby stars line out for Donncha's big day". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
  14. ^ a b c "Schools Profile: Christian Brothers College Cork". Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Player profiles - Tomás O'Leary". Archived from the original on 30 April 2011.
  16. ^ "Pages - Debating". Archived from the original on 31 October 2009.
  17. ^ "Clubs and Activities at CBC". Archived from the original on 13 September 2010.
  18. ^ "CBC make first Harty Cup final in over 100 years with impressive win over Thurles". Irish Examiner. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Website of CBC Zambia Immersion Project". Archived from the original on 14 July 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  20. ^ a b c d "President praises Christian Brothers for contribution to education in Cork". Irish Times. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2018. Among the many Corkonians to attend CBC Cork were former Tánaiste Peter Barry, Irish Examiner owner Ted Crosbie, former UCC president Gerry Wrixon, former UL president Ed Walsh and rugby players Donal Lenehan, Noel Murphy and Donncha O'Callaghan
  21. ^ "Retired Missouri bishop dies in home country of Ireland at age 82". National Catholic Reporter. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  22. ^ "2 cool 4 skool?". Irish Times. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Tributes flow for TD in tragic cliff walk death". Irish Examiner. 16 March 1998. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2010.
  24. ^ Séamas de Barra (2006). Aloys Fleischmann. Dublin: Field Day Publications. p. 12. ISBN 9780946755325.
  25. ^ "Bank of Ireland launch FAI Schools season". FAI. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018. Hull City’s David Meyler attended Christian Brothers College, Cork
  26. ^ "Profile - Frank Murphy". Guinness Pro 14. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  27. ^ "Resolute Duncan Williams still pushing for perfection". Irish Examiner. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018.

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