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St. Vincent's C.B.S.

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St Vincent's C.B.S.
(I Trust [in you, O Lord])
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
(Irish Christian Brothers)
PrincipalMr John Horan (Secondary)
Mr Warrick Sewell (Primary)
Teaching staffc.51
Number of studentsc.350 boys (Secondary)
c.300 boys (Primary)
Colour(s)Blue and Yellow   
TrusteesEdmund Rice Schools Trust
Secondary School
Board Chairman
Br Michael Heffernan CFC
Primary School
Board Chairman
Mr Austin Hughes

St Vincent's C.B.S. is an independent Catholic Voluntary Secondary School operating as a registered charity under the Trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust[1] for boys between the ages of 12 and 18,[2] in the district of Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland.


The school was founded in 1856, when the Society of St Vincent de Paul purchased a building in Mountbrown, Kilmainham. Within a year, this building proved to be too small and land was purchased in Glasnevin, at the junction of Finglas Road and Botanic Road. An imposing building[3][4][5] was erected (behind railings which still exist, now the site of Dalcassian Downs residential development), which opened in 1860 as a school with residential accommodation for 150 boy boarders, teaching and classroom facilities, and a farm which supplied provisions including milk and vegetables.

Initially run by the Congregation of the Holy Ghost (Spiritans), in 1863 the Congregation of Christian Brothers took over. Day boys were enrolled from January 1927, but this put a strain on the accommodation and a new primary school building was opened in 1939.

At the centenary in 1956 very little had changed as there were still 140 boarders and the farm was still in operation.

The secondary school continued to operate in the old building until new buildings were opened in 1964.[6] Boarding continued until 1973 when the school became entirely a day-school. The swimming pool was built in 1968 and the sports hall in 1976.

The main school frontage is now on Finglas Road in Glasnevin, Dublin 11, opposite the historic Glasnevin cemetery. Behind the secondary school, and between it and the playing fields, is St Vincents CBS Primary.

The school was visited by The President of Ireland and Mrs Higgins in December 2017.[7]

The school principal, Mr John Horan, served as President of the GAA from 2018 to 2021.


The school was recently refurbished, including with new equipment for its chemistry, physics and computer laboratories, and extension of the Arts & Crafts, Construction Technology and Library multimedia facilities was completed in 2017.

The school has over 10 acres of sports fields. It has a 25m swimming pool, but this is not currently in use after winter storm damage and the National Aquatic Centre is used. A large sports hall/gymnasium complex contains a gaelic handball alley, a basketball court where large-scale competitions are held, and other facilities such as specialist classrooms, a canteen and an oratory.

Academic achievements

A student from the school (Walter Hayes) won the Young Scientist Exhibition in 1967 and the school won the Young Social Innovators Award in 2006.

Sporting achievements

In terms of sport, the school is perhaps best known for:

  • Basketball A long established and successful club: from academy level ("Little Saints") to Superleague (since 1990: 3 Superleague titles (including 2005–06, runners-up in 2011-12), 3 Superleague Northern Conference titles (including 2011-12), 2 National Cup titles, 8 National Championship titles, and 2 National League Division 1 titles), sharing a history with, and feeding into, the DCU Saints[8] men's professional team.
  • Swimming (particularly life-saving[9] and water polo).[10][11] The Water-Polo Club is one of the largest and most successful in Ireland - in the 2013/14 season, the Water-Polo Club were the Irish National League Champions for both Ladies and Men, as well as Ladies' Irish Cup & Men's National Knockout Cup holders. At underage level, the Girls and Boys were winners of their respective Irish U/19 Cups.

The School also has active athletics, rugby, soccer, hurling, gaelic football and boxing squads.


Arts and media


Science and Technology

Politics, diplomacy and administration


External links


  1. ^ "Post Primary Education - Department of Education and Skills". Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  2. ^ "St Vincents, Glasnevin, Dublin City 11 on". Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  3. ^ "Image: L_ROY_01131.jpg". Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  4. ^ "Image: L_ROY_01130.jpg". Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  5. ^ "St Vincent's CBS Glasnevin - Facebook". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Education Costs Money". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  7. ^ Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Security Check Required". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Security Check Required". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  10. ^ "St Vincents Water Polo Club". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Security Check Required". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Michael Carey". Retrieved 2015-09-05.
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