Glenstal Abbey School: Limerick, Ireland

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A truly Christian boarding school in Limerick, Ireland, managed by the Benedictine monastery.
Glenstal Abbey is the boys only boarding school. The school purpose is to help all pupils achieve their fullest potential in academic and extra-curricular fields at each stage of their development. Our teaching is aimed to help, stimulate, and challenge each of our pupils, and this aim is accompanied by careful supervision and regular reporting.
The programme which is offered is balanced, broad and diverse. Scholarship and academic depth are essential for us to provide for our students.
We really put a lot of effort in a correct and balanced high into communication with parents. We came up with a special programme the aim of which is to offer regular reports and meetings with parents. Moreover, there is also a parent-teacher meeting for every year group each year.
The Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate curricula of the Irish Department of Education and Skills, as well as its restrictions, are met at our school. All students sit the Junior Certificate at the end of 3rd Year. Transition Year is compulsory in 4th Year. All students sit the Leaving Certificate at the end of 6th Year.
Each year group is normally divided into two for because of the academic purposes, so we have classes of approximately 16 per set. The academic progress of each class group is supervised by a Tutor. Many classes in the Senior Cycle are significantly smaller than those of usual size.
Our examination results are highly above the expectations. The vast majority of our students is accepted to study at the best national and international universities.
All subjects are taught at Higher level, with the exception of Gaelic and Mathematics, where there is streaming into Higher and Ordinary level classes.

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About the school

The origins of the current school comes from the small School for Arts and Crafts which was founded by the monks of Glenstal in 1928. A secondary school for boys was opened in September 1932. Fr Columba Skerret OSB was the Headmaster, and there were only seven boys who attended the school.

However, the actual founding father of the school was Fr Matthew Dillon OSB, who was the Headmaster twice from 1937-1948 and from 1953 to 1961. During his first time as the Headmaster he increased the number of students from the initial less than twenty to over one hundred.

From these shy beginnings the school has grown and developed significantly. As the school has grown, it has spread beyond the borders of the original Barrington castle. Modern dormitories and refectories, a large Sports Hall and state-of-the art computing facilities all together ensure that our school is still a vibrant and far-reaching boarding school.

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Location Description

Glenstal Abbey is situated in the village of Murroe. Murroe (alt. Moroe)
is situated in the north-east corner of County Limerick, quite close to
the Tipperary border. It is eleven miles from Limerick city.

There are four main approaches to Glenstal Abbey:
(a) From Dublin/Limerick/Shannon (west)
Coming from Dublin along the main Limerick road (N7), by-pass Nenagh. Go
through Birdhill until you come to a roundabout, take the turn for
Cappamore and Limerick. Pass by Finnegan’s pub on the left, take the
first turn on the left and the road is well sign-posted to both Murroe
and Glenstal Abbey, about six miles from the main road.

Coming from Limerick along the main Dublin road, pass over the new
bridge at Annacotty and take the turn to the right, following the
sign-post for Glenstal Abbey.

(b) From Waterford/Fermoy/Tipperary (south)
Coming from Waterford, pass through Tipperary and take the road for
Limerick. Seventeen miles from Tipperary turn right at Boher, and
Glenstal Abbey is five miles from the main road.

Coming from Fermoy, pass through Caherconlish, and then turn right
two miles further on, to join the main Limerick-Waterford road. One mile
from this turn you will see a turn to the left at Boher, which takes
you directly to Glenstal Abbey, following the signs.

(c) From Thurles/Newport/Toomevara (north)
Take the road out of Newport sign-posted Cappamore/Cork. Four miles on
you come to a Five Road junction. Turn sharp left and you come to
Glenstal Abbey less than half a mile away.

(d) From Cashel/Cappamore (east)
Take the Limerick Road out of Cappamore, turning right at the top of the
village. Three miles along this road turn right again to Murroe. Pass
through village of Murroe, and Glenstal Abbey is on the right.

There is a good railway service from Dublin and Cork to Limerick City
(11 miles) or to Limerick Junction (15 miles). The school organises a
shuttle service between Glenstal and Limerick Junction for weekends off
and holidays. Depending on demand, chartered bus services are sometimes
operated to Galway, Waterford and other destinations. All taxi, bus and
train travel is co-ordinate by the School Administrator, Ruth Healy.

Glenstal Abbey School, Murroe, Co. Limerick, Ireland 133

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