Statement by Bishop Fintan Monahan on the closure of the Cistercian College, Roscrea

17 Feb 2017

It is with great sadness that I have heard of the imminent closure of the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Cistercian Monks (Trappists), and to the many other dedicated staff and students, who have carried out Trojan work in the school since its foundation in 1905.  For over a century the contribution, and now the legacy, of the Cistercian College in the areas of Catholic education, in sport, in politics and public service, in business as well as in other key facets of Irish life, has been immense and is deeply appreciated throughout the Diocese of Killaloe and much further afield.

The closure of Cistercian College will be deeply felt in our diocese.  May I offer my best wishes, thoughts and prayers to Abbot Richard, College President and Principal, to Mr Brendan Feehan and to all the staff, students and school community in the difficult process of the gradual closure of the school.

+Fintan Monahan

Bishop of Killaloe



Notes to Editors


  • The Diocese of Killaloe includes portions of counties Clare, Laois, Limerick, Offaly and Tipperary.


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