Presentation Brothers College, Cork

Presentation Brothers College (PBC Cork) (Irish: Coláiste na Toirbhirte; colloquially known as Pres) is a Catholic, boys, private fee-paying secondary school in Cork, Ireland. As of 2020, Presentation Brothers College was ranked as the top boys secondary school in Ireland[1] and regularly places first in the annual top performing schools table rankings conducted by The Irish Times.[2]

PBC Cork
Mardyke, Cork

Coordinates51°53′51″N 8°29′06″W / 51.8976°N 08.4851°W / 51.8976; -08.4851
Other namesIrish: Coláiste na Toirbhirte and Pres
Typeprivate, fee paying
MottoViriliter Age
(“Act Courageously ”)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PrincipalDavid Barry
Enrolment720, approx. (120 per year group)
Color(s)Black White and Purple
A Pres student collecting outside the Crib in Daunt Square, as part of the 2006 SHARE Fast.

History edit

The college was founded by the Presentation Brothers in 1878, in the South Mall. Soon afterwards it moved to the Grand Parade and, in 1887, to the Western Road. In 1985, the college moved to a new building on the Mardyke on the site of the college's rugby facilities; the Western Road premises is now owned and used by UCC. The college has developed new rugby facilities at Dennehy's Cross and has its own rowing club, located on the Marina.

In 1969, Jerome Kelly returned home from missionary work in the West Indies and was appointed principal of the college.[3] He organised a series of workshops, in which the students of Presentation College were encouraged to think globally and act locally:[3]

"Imbuing teenagers with a sense of responsibility and social consciousness is a vital part of any education, and it was with this in mind that Brother Jerome sent his senior Pres students out to walk the streets of Cork..."[4]

The result was the founding of the charity Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly in 1970.[3] SHARE expanded and now includes pupils from other secondary schools in Cork city.[3]

In 2005, the Preslink organisation was founded in the school; a group of junior students whose stated aim is to forge links with other Presentation Brothers communities.[5] In 2006, the organisation received an "Edmund Rice Award", which recognises groups that work to improve the lives of others.[5]

In November 2009, ownership of the school, along with seven other Presentation Brothers schools in Ireland, was handed over to a group of lay trustees[6]

It is one of the few private fee paying schools in Cork.[7]

Curriculum edit

Mícheál Martin TD, former Taoiseach and former teacher at PBC

The school offers both the Junior and Leaving Certificate cycles. The current curriculum teaches first years religion; Irish as L2; English as L1; mathematics; Latin; French as L2; German as L2; science; business studies; history ; geography; CSPE; SPHE; art; and physical education. In second year, the students may choose to drop two of the L2 foreign languages. Unusually for a private school, streaming is not used until third year.[original research?]

After completing the Junior Certificate, the college requires students to complete a mandatory Transition Year. In fifth year, students begin the Leaving Cert cycle. At the Leaving Certificate level, the college offers a wide range of courses. Irish as L2, English L1 and mathematics are compulsory. One language must be taken from French as L2, German as L2 and Latin. Any three optional subjects may be taken from the sciences (physics, chemistry, biology), the businesses (business studies, accounting, economics), history, art, applied mathematics, geography, politics and society and religion.

Rugby edit

Ronan O'Gara, past pupil of PBC

The college sport is rugby union. As of 2024, the college has won 32 Senior Schools Cups and 32 Junior Schools Cups respectively, and has produced 22 Irish Rugby Internationals. In 2007, the school won both the Senior Schools Cup and the Junior Schools Cup (the first time they had won both in the same year since 1995, when Ronan O'Gara was the Senior Captain). Six players have played for the Lions - Tom Kiernan (1962 & Captain in 1968 ), Jerry Walsh (1966), Michael Kiernan (1983), Ronan O'Gara (2001, 2005 & 2009), Simon Zebo (2013) and Peter O'Mahony (2017).

In March 2014, PBC won the Junior Schools Cup for the first time in five years in a 17–12 win over Crescent.[citation needed]

The school participates in a number of Munster under-age School-Boy competitions: McCarthy Cup A, B & B Schools (U-15), The Junior Schools Cup (U-16), The Kidney Cup (Junior B), The Bowen Shield & B Schools (U-18), The Barry Cup (Senior B), and The Senior Schools Cup (U-19). Pres have won every cup at some point and several teams have won every competition.[citation needed]

The school playing fields are located at Dennehy's Cross, Wilton. There are 4 pitches, one walled and one flood-lit.

Extra-curricular activities and sport edit

Drama edit

Actor Cillian Murphy is a past pupil

The college drama society performs one production of a dramatic play annually. This is very often the play studied by Leaving Cert students of that academic year. Previous productions have included Sive (2013) and All My Sons (2014).[citation needed]

Sciences edit

In 2012, three students were invited to partake in the European Science and Maths Olympiad, based on their Junior Certificate results in Maths and Science. These students participated in the Olympiad in DCU.[citation needed] In 2004, the Pres team won the first Cork Robotics Competition for Schools, which was launched by the Cork Electronics Industry Association (CEIA) at the National Software Centre in Mahon Point.[citation needed]

Rowing edit

PBC has had a number of students who have been members of the various Cork rowing clubs since 1890,[citation needed] some of whom have won Irish Championships with these clubs but never as Pres College Rowing Club.[citation needed] In 1985, the Presentation College Rowing Club was registered officially for the first time with the Irish Amateur Rowing Union and began rowing out of Shandon Boat Club on the Marina. The equipment used was bought second-hand from Dungarvan Rowing Club. In its existence to date, the club was a tennant of Shandon Boat Club, Cork Boat Club and Lee Rowing Club, but has subsequently constructed its own club, located next to Lee RC.[citation needed] The club now owns 3 eights, 4 fours, 3 pairs and 7 singles along with a selection of blades, coaching launches and a boat trailer.[citation needed]

Other sports edit

Other sports played at the college include basketball, GAA, soccer and golf. The school has won the GAA Lord Mayor's Cup five times in the last six years.[when?] The school golf team has also won the Cork County Championship consecutively in 2006 and 2007. PBC reached the All-Ireland basketball U-16s cup final for the first time in 2009 and defeated St. Columbs college from Derry to win PBC's first ever All-Ireland. The school has also won several soccer titles, including Cork Cups at First Year, Minor, Junior and Senior level.[citation needed] In February 2015, PBC won the Munster Schools Senior Cup.[citation needed]

Selected alumni edit

Business edit

Law edit

Media edit

Politics edit

Rugby edit

Other sport edit

Notable staff edit

References edit

  1. ^ Burton, William (27 September 2020). "The best schools in Ireland — how parents play a key role". Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Fee payers are top performers".
  3. ^ a b c d "About". SHARE. Archived from the original on 6 October 2007. Retrieved 25 December 2007.
  4. ^ Michèle Horgan (10 January 2005). "PBC Cork celebrating 125 years". Newspaper Supplement. The Irish Examiner. p. 6 "Sharing and Caring".
  5. ^ a b Presentation Brothers College Newsletter, p 7, June 2006
  6. ^ "Presentation Brothers hand over to lay trustees". The Irish Examiner. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  7. ^ [bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ "Private school subsidies a public disgrace". 7 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Ready for the long road and long term". Irish Examiner. 29 January 2011. [Micheál Martin] was flung into a campaign which would soon see him leave his new substitute teaching post at Presentation Brothers' College.

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