Coláiste Rís to celebrate 150 years of education in the town

Colaiste Rís, formerly the Christian Brother’s School, opened its doors to students for the first time on the 10th of May 1869. The school have recently announced a programme of events to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of CBS education in the town.
The founder of the school was Brother Yorke, an Englishman born in Manchester into a protestant family. When he died, in June 1907, the town of Dundalk closed down on the day of his passing and the street where the school stands was renamed to honour him and his great service to the education of young people in the area.
The school has undergone many changes throughout the years including allowing girls to enrol for the first time in 1987 as well as seeing the brothers leave after 121 years of service in 1990. The school was then handed over to a new Board of Management and the name of the school changed from the CBS to Coláiste Rís in honour of Edmund Rice who was the founder of the Christian Brothers.
The school will celebrate the 150th anniversary with a special mass which will take place on May 10th at 1pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral. The celebrant will be Archbishop Eamonn Martin. The next day Dundalk Gaels will host a special gaelic football match where past pupils including members of the winning Leinster team of 1985 as well as former county players will don their boots one more time.
There are also special events planned for later on in the year including a book launch in the autumn featuring pupils past and present and their stories. There will also be a series of lectures from well known speakers on motivation, positivity and lifestyle.
A special 150th anniversary concert is pencilled in for the 14th of November in the C.B.S Primary School Hall where a selection of past and present pupils take to the stage for an evening of entertainment. The celebration will finish on the 23rd November in the Carrickdale Hotel with a gala ball which will include dinner and live music. This offers a great opportunity to meet with old friends (and foes) and share in what is sure to be a night of reminiscing.

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