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Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh

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Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh
Scoil Ghramadaí na mBráithre Críostaí, An Omaigh[1]
CBGS Omagh Logo.jpg
Kevlin Road

, ,
BT78 1LD

Northern Ireland
Coordinates54°35′53″N 7°18′07″W / 54.598°N 7.302°W / 54.598; -7.302
TypeGrammar school
MottoFacere et Docere (To make and to teach)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Established1861; 160 years ago (1861)
Local authorityEducation Authority (Western)
PrincipalFoncy McConnell
Age range11-19
Colour(s)Red, black and blue

The Christian Brothers Grammar School, Omagh (known locally as CBS Omagh, Omagh CBS, or the Brothers) is a boys grammar school in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is the largest grammar school in Omagh.[2]


The school was founded on 14 January 1861, on Mount St. Columba. The building has since gone into other use as a retreat. A primary school, Holy Trinity (previously St Colmcille), has been the school there since. Its original headmaster was Brother John Redmond.[3][verification needed] On its first day of activity one hundred and twenty boys, all aged between five and fifteen, showed up.

In 1902 an extension, a second floor to the school and a third to the brothers' house, was added. This came at the time a considerable cost of £1,200 partly financed by an £800 loan from past pupils. Operations of the school were moved to old Church, Brook Street while construction was under way. Once finished the renovations provided the school with three more rooms; one for Manual Instruction, a sixty student accommodating classroom and a room with all the necessities for Practical and Experimental Science.

The school moved to is present site on Kevlin Road in 1967. In 1993, after the resignation of Brother McCrohan, the school appointed its first non-clerical headmaster, Roddy Tierney, a former pupil of the school and a teacher in the school. At present the Principal is Mr. Foncy McConnell who was appointed Principal in March 2016, having being acting Principal for the previous year. At the time of appointment he was Vice Principal having taught in the school since 1987. Like Mr. Tierney he is also a former pupil of Omagh CBS.


The school's focus is academic, offering compulsory subjects of English Literature, English Language, Science, and Mathematics until GCSE. The School also focuses on the teachings of the Catholic faith, making Religious Studies compulsory at GCSE, and as a subsidiary weekly lesson during A Level years.

In 2018, 94.2% of its entrants achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including the core subjects English and Maths.[4]

In 2019 the school was ranked 18th out of 159 secondary schools in Northern Ireland with 86.7% of its A-level students who sat the exams in 2017/18 being awarded three A*-C grades.[5]


In Gaelic football, the school has won the MacRory Cup (the highest level for Ulster schools) in 1974, 2001, 2005 and 2007, and the All Ireland Hogan Cup in 2007.[6][7] and many other under-age level competitions for example Omagh CBS won the Rannafast Cup in 2009 and 2012 and the McCormick cup in 2008, 2009 and 2011

Notable former pupils

  • [[Phil Taggart]


See also


  1. ^ "CBS Omagh, History of the school". Retrieved 6 December 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ McAleer, Ryan (26 May 2017). "Omagh schools delay selection phase-out". Ulster Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ From Mount St Columba to Kevlin Road.
  4. ^ "Belfast Telegraph GCSE 2018". Retrieved 22 September 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Belfast Telegraph A-Level: Northern Ireland School League Tables 2019". Retrieved 21 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Omagh CBS claim MacRory triumph". BBC News. 26 March 2005. Retrieved 16 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Omagh snatch MacRory Cup triumph". BBC News. Retrieved 16 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^

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