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Monday 23 October 2017

Boarding school that was on brink of closing now offering scholarships funded by past pupils

Cistercian College Roscrea Photo: Sean Curtin
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A private school that was to close but was saved will now offer a series of scholarships funded by donations from past pupils.

Cistercian College Roscrea has announced that a number of significant scholarships will be made available to candidates starting in September 2017.

The scholarships will be awarded for excellence in academics, music, hurling and rugby and are available to potential 7-day, 5-day and day boarders. The value of awards can be as much as 50pc of the annual fees. Applications are being accepted from tomorrow (Saturday).

Cistercian College which has regularly ranked among Ireland’s top ten institutions for academic results and has recently won the Leinster Rugby School’s Senior Cup and All Ireland School’s hurling title. 

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Earlier this year it had been announced that Cistercian College would close due to falling numbers, but a new business plan developed by a group of parents and past pupils was accepted by the trustees.

This business plan included the addition of  5-Day Boarding and Day Boarding options along with 7-Day Boarding which had been the only option available to students for the previous 112 years.

Past pupils and parents who have committed over €1.8m to ensure against any short term shortfall in funds and also to invest in the school’s facilities.

Cistercian College are inviting expressions of interest in these scholarships by contacting Séamus Hennessy on 086 8666387 or

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