Message from the Principal

It is my privilege to welcome you to Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh. From our website you will see that this is a vibrant centre of educational excellence and that our students participate in an extraordinary range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities here.                                              

Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh was founded by the Presentation Brothers in 1964 and it is under the trusteeship of the Presentation Brothers School Trust (P.B.S.T.) today.  We provide a  holistic education based on the four core values of the Edmund Rice tradition in education.

A genuine and tangible spirit of respect and caring for each member of our school community. 

A comprehensive and holistic education.

A vibrant experience of community and partnership.

A deep commitment to gospel values as lived in the Edmund Rice tradition.

From its earliest years, Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh has a distinguished record of academic achievement. The consistently high standard achieved by our students in the Leaving Certificate Examination continues today with 8% of our students attaining 600+ points in Leaving Cert 2019, 33% attaining 500+ points and 66% gaining 400+ points. Another indicator of our success has been their exceptional success in receiving University scholarships. In fact, more University scholarships have been awarded to our school than any other school in Munster. Each year at our Academic Awards Ceremony we honour the most recent students to join the elite list of Spioraid Naoimh students to gain such accolade. The awards gained by our students include: UCC Quercus Awards, Trinity College Naughton Award, University of Limerick J.P. Mc Manus All-Ireland Scholarship, Trinity College Entrance Award and Mary Immaculate College Entrance Scholarship. We are very proud of our students’ academic successes and we really value the support of our parents as we work together to educate, nurture and develop them.

As you read through the information on our website you will gather that Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh is a place of real spirit. A belief in the importance of the holistic education of the student through the medium of extra-curricular involvement has been a constant hallmark of our philosophy. Staff and senior students work together to provide a wide range of clubs and activities for all students. Among the activities currently provided in the school are: Gaelic football, hurling, soccer, basketball, chess, debating, yoga, creative writing, seomra caidrimh, maths circles, computers, mini company, Vex robotics, golf, athletics, badminton, mountaineering, drama, trad group, music and film-making. Over the years, many students have brought great honour to our school through successes in various competitions and this continues today in debating, BT Young Scientist competition, Vex robotics, Lego robotics, Sci-fest, PsychSlam, Enterprise competitions, Science Olympiad, Maths Olympiad and at other competitions and quizzes happening at local, national and international level.

Our students are encouraged and empowered to use their leadership qualities. Our senior prefects, 5th year mentors, 4th year leaders and student council organise events to support the junior students from their very first day in the school. They take responsibility for welcoming new students, co-ordinating a Fun Day for first years, organising activities for junior students during Catholic Schools Week, Positive Health Week and Internet Safety Week. They accompany the first years to their annual mass in Dennehy’s Cross Church and a senior prefect addresses the junior students on this occasion. They assist the teachers in running football, hurling and soccer Leagues for the first year students. Many of our senior students are leaders in the Edmund Rice Action Camp and travel to Lourdes each year to assist pilgrims with disabilities. Fourth year students work in the S.H.A.R.E. day-care centre and fundraise for local charities. The demonstration of exceptional, positive leadership is acknowledged each year when a select group of sixth year students are awarded a much-coveted ‘Gradam an Choláiste’ for outstanding merit and achievement.

We have strong links with our past pupils, and they continue to give back very generously to their alma mater. A number of past pupils give input at the T.Y. Induction and share their experience of the courses/careers they pursued at the annual T.Y. Careers Day. They share their expertise with us through the delivery of workshops in such areas as life-coaching, first aid and positive mental health to name but a few. Each year a past pupil addresses staff, parents and students at the academic awards ceremony, one of the great highlights of the school year.

There is always something new happening in Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh. If you are a current pupil or parent, I hope you will find the information on this website that you need or simply catch up on what’s happening. If you are a past-pupil, I hope that you will use the site to keep in touch. If you are a parent of a primary school boy considering where to send your son for his secondary education, I hope that you will gain an insight into the life of one of Cork’s finest and happiest schools.


Brenda Moriarty



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