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Terenure College is a Carmelite-run secondary school located in the Terenure area of Dublin, Ireland. The College was founded in 1860 and comprises a primary and secondary school. The school is part of the popular culture "Rugby Belt" or Leinster Schools Rugby playing institutions, having a strong rugby tradition, winning the Leinster Schools Senior Cup 10 times. The school's colours are purple, white and black. 80% of the students who sat the Leaving Certificate in 2007 accepted a place in an Irish University.[2]

Terenure College
Coláiste Thír An Iúir Duibhe
Terenure, Dublin 6W

Coordinates53°18′16″N 6°17′53″W / 53.3045°N 6.2981°W / 53.3045; -6.2981Coordinates: 53°18′16″N 6°17′53″W / 53.3045°N 6.2981°W / 53.3045; -6.2981
MottoZelo Zelatus Sum Pro Domino Deo Exercituum
(Latin for "I Am Filled With Zeal, For God, The King Of All Hosts")
PrincipalFr. Éanna Ó hÓbáin O.Carm[1]
Number of students1,000
Religious orderCarmelites



Catholic Emancipation was granted in 1829. The Carmelites responded to the need for Catholic educators by establishing schools wherever they had friaries. By 1854 practically all Carmelite friaries had primary schools attached. In 1860, Terenure House opened as a college with twenty-one pupils on its roll. Originally built by the Deane family, it later passed to the Shaw, and finally the Bourne family. Between 1870 and 1890 the school was extended to the current main block which house the fifth and sixth year classrooms,and which also include an original stone staircase of the era, but unfortunately the original clocktower has since been removed due to safety concerns.[citation needed]

Terenure College

In the 1940s the college saw a need for the construction of a new school space, and hence the aptly named "Crush Hall" and concert hall were added to the school, as well as a new Junior School block above the hall. Initially the concert hall was used for both cultural and sporting activities, most notably the College Play, which now includes girls from Our Lady's School, across the road. Since the construction of the 1980s block and the sports hall, the concert hall has been used exclusively for formal events, such as the school "Debs", plays, concerts and art fairs.

In 2015 it was announced that the Junior School would close after enrollment halved from 2009. The current classes will be phased out with the last class finishing in 2017.[3]


Terenure College has had a prolific history in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup with ten wins to date. The winning captains and years are:

  • 2003 — David Cazabon, Alex Dunlop
  • 2001 — Donal Dunlop
  • 1997 — David Blaney
  • 1993 — Tom Hennessy
  • 1992 — James Blaney
  • 1984 — Michael Costello
  • 1980 — Kieran Harty
  • 1979 — David Webb
  • 1958 — Gerry Tormey
  • 1952 — John O'Connor

Terenure reached both finals of the 2009 Leinster Schools Senior Cup and the Leinster Schools Junior Cup. The school lost out on the former to Blackrock College, 18-9, but won the latter against St Michael's College, Dublin. The school also earned the Powerade Leinster Rugby School of the Year accolade for the school's overall rugby performance.

College Run

Terenure College in foreground with Templeogue and Kimmage in background

Moate's Carmelite College first held a college run in 1987. Every student in the school participated and the final, which included the fastest runners in the college, was a very competitive event. This became an annual event and a police escort was given for the runners as they made their way through the town, and students lined the route to encourage and cheer on their classmates.

The Terenure College Charity Run was a started as a way to remember a former student and teacher in the school named Fr. Gerry Hipwell O.Carm and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the President’s Award, in which he helped many students to participate. The semi-final including the fastest 2 students in each year and the 15 fastest in the school is held during the first week in May. The fastest 10 students compete in the final and the winner receives the Fr. Gerry Hipwell Memorial Cup.

Model United Nations

Terenure College have a very strong background in Model United Nations. They have taken part in the St. Andrew's International Model United Nations (SAIMUN) in Dublin and the Royal Russel School Model United Nations (RRSMUN) in Croydon.[citation needed]

Other activities

Terenure College is renowned not only for its schoolboy rugby, but also for badminton, tennis, cricket, athletic, swimming, golf and numerous other sports teams which have won several regional and national competitions. The college has a strong history of drama as former pupils, such as Dave Allen and Donal McCann will testify to, therefore it has been a natural tradition to encourage drama in the school, which all year levels are encouraged to participate in, including the senior college play, which is conducted with Our Lady's Girls School each year. The school also has strong debating and young scientist records, and is generally considered an excellent school for additional out of class activities. The school also has an active GAA team, one of Ireland's oldest in-school teams. Photography, Amnesty International and 4th Year Toastmasters are other notable groups.

List of notable alumni

Irish rugby internationals, past and present


  1. ^ "Introduction". Terenure College. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  2. ^ Rathfarnham Community website,; accessed 5 October 2015.
  3. ^ Junior School to close at Terenue College,; accessed 5 October 2015.
  4. ^ Dixon, Carl (21 May 2012). "College boy with success in his sights". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Charity founder's fall from grace". The Irish Times. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2018.

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