St. Columba's Secondary School (Captains Road) (Christian Brothers School)

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October 1968: ST. COLUMBAS, the new Christian Brothers school at Captain’s Road, Crumlin, was officially opened by Mr. Richard Foley, chief inspector secondary schools, representing the Minister for Education. this morning. The £130,000 post-primary school was solemnly blessed by the Arch- bishop of Dublin, Most Rev. Dr. McQuaid. The eight-teacher school caters for 360 boys, but provisions in the to design have been made for future extensions. The construction has been planned to allow for two further storeys to accommodate an additional six classrooms. Attending the opening was the President of St. Columba’s Parent- Teacher Association, Mr. Rory O’Connor, 80 Beechfield Road. Walkinstown.

October 03, 1968
A QUIET GARDEN in the sprawling Dublin suburb of Crumlin has been transformed from verdant walks and vegetable plots into a bustling E13Ö,000 school catering for 359 The school — St. Colm’s post- Primary at Captain’s Road — was established six years ago in a corrugated iron building with a roll Of 65. Today it is housed in three ultra-modern blocks: an administrative unit, gymnasium- assembly ban, cycle shelter and play space, which has been structed to allow for an additional six classrooms. The school be officially opened and blessed tomorrow by the Archbishop of Dublin, Most Dr. McQuaid. Present accommodation includes nine classrooms, a library, geography, laboratories, art, language and television rooms, A covered walkway links the play space with the gymnasium, which has dressing rooms and showers. St. Colm’s was the first secondary school in the country to provide woodwork classes. On its establishment it was a secondary school. but under recent regulations by the Department of Education, secondary and vocational schools are now grouped under the heading of “post primary schools.” A member of the staff. Newtownmountkennedy (co. Wicklow). born. Rev. Brother Thomas Nevin, explained that the decision to set up woodwork training was taken to give the boys a broader education than would normally be available in secondary schools. Brother Nevin recalled that the site of the new school was the private garden of the Christian Brothers, attached to the nearby primary schools in Armagh Road. Which were opened in. 1939. “It is a wonderful site.” he went on, “being quiet, because its so far from a main thoroughfare, which makes for easier studying.” MANY FACULTIES The Principal, Rev. Brother Thomas Blake, a native of Mallow, added that facilities included sports fields and tennis courts, while other attractions were a basketball league, a debating society and a Catholic Action Group. State grants will help to defray most of the. cost. ‘But,” said Brother Nevin, “we are indebted to the local ‘ Parent-Teacher Association. which managed to raise a lot of money through sales of work, functions and other events.” [3 photos]

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Building Details
Longitude: -6.309931905491041
Latitude: 53.32089074114397
Captain’s Road
Still exists: Yes Date built: 1968