Terenure College is a Carmelites-run secondary school located in the Terenure area of Dublin. The College was founded in 1860 and comprises a primary and secondary school. The school is part of the popular culture "Rugby Belt" or Leinster Schools Rugby playing institutions, having a strong rugby tradition, winning the Leinster Senior Cup (rugby) 10 times. The school's colours are purple, white and black.


Catholic Emancipation was granted in 1829. The Carmelites responded to the need for Catholic educators by establishing schools wherever they had friaries. By 1854 practically all Carmelite friaries had primary schools attached.

In 1860 Terenure House, the former home of the Bourne family, opened as a college with twenty-one pupils on its roll. Between 1870 and 1890 the school was extended to the current main block which house the fifth and sixth year classrooms,and which also include an original stone staircase of the era, but unfortunately the original clocktower has since been removed due to safety concerns.
In the 1940s the college saw a need for the construction of a new school space, and hence the aptly named "Crush Hall" and concert hall were added to the school, as well as a new Junior School block above the hall. Initially the concert hall was used for both cultural and sporting activities, most notably the College Play, which now includes girls from Our Lady's School, across the road. There was a time when there were even boxing matches held in the concert hall, however since the construction of the 1980s block and the sports hall, the concert hall has been used exclusively for formal events, such as the school "Debs", plays, concerts and art fairs. Furthermore in 1958 the new College Chapel, the current church in the college, was constructed as well as the Carmellite community wing.

In the 1960s the currently swimming pool in the college was covered over and heated, this was later renovated in 2005 by the school, creating one of the highest standard school pools in Leinster. The school Gym which was developed in 2002 is also rated as one of the best schools Gym's in Ireland, and is frequently used by Terenure College RFC, an AIB All-Ireland League rugby team traditionally associated with the school. The latest school developments have included the addition of a new special needs resources and religious wing in 2001 and the Carmellitte community renovations to their living space. The school DINING Hall has recently adopted a new catering firm, which provides healthy warm and cold lunches to pupils.


Terenure has had a prolific history in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup with 10 wins to date. The winning captains and years are;

2003; David Cazabon, Alex Dunlop,
2001; Donal Dunlop,
1997; David Blaney,
1993; Tom Hennessy,
1992; James Blaney,
1984; Michael Costello,
1980; Kieran Harty,
1979; David Webb,
1958; Gerry Tormey,
1952; John O'Connor.

Terenure reached both finals of the 2009 Leinster Schools Senior Cup and the Leinster Schools Junior Cup. The school lost out on the former to Blackrock College, 18-9, but won the latter against St Michael's College, Dublin. The school also earned the Powerade Leinster Rugby School of the Year accolade for the school's overall rugby performance.

The school has a proud tradition in producing Irish and Leinster players such as Girvan Dempsey,Mick Hipwell, Niall Hogan and Conor O'Shea. Terenure have also provided many Leinster and Irish schools players over the years and 2009 was no different with Cathal Deans,Robert Duke,Stephen Reid,James Thornton,Ross Williamson(All under 19) and James O Donoghue(Under 18) all wearing the blue of Leinster. While in 2008 Risteard Byrne represented Ireland Schools.

College Run:

The Carmelite College, Moate first held a college run in 1987. Every student in the school participated and the final, which included the fastest runners in the college, was a very competitive event. This became an annual event and a police escort was given for the runners as they made their way through the town, and students lined the route to encourage and cheer on their classmates.

The Terenure College Charity Run was a started as a way to remember a former student and teacher in the school named Fr. Gerry Hipwell O.Carm and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the President's Award, in which he helped many students to participate. The semi-final including the fastest 2 students in each year and the 15 fastest in the school is held during the first week in May. The fastest 10 students compete in the final and the winner receives the Fr. Gerry Hipwell Memorial Cup.

Robert Duke(SCT Captain 09)is the current holder of the cup , having won in both 2008 and 2009.He also set the record for the quickest time ran in the 2008 final which is yet to be beaten.

Model United Nations:

Terenure College have a very strong background in Model United Nations. They have taken part in the St. Andrew's International Model United Nations (SAIMUN) in Dublin and the Royal Russel School Model United Nations (RRSMUN) in Croydon.

Other activities:

Terenure College is renowned not only for its schoolboy rugby, but also for badminton, tennis, cricket, athletic, swimming, golf and numerous other sports teams which have won several regional and national competitions. The college has a strong history of drama as former pupils, such as Dave Allen and Donal McCann will testify to, therefore it has been a natural tradition to encourage drama in the school, which all year levels are encouraged to participate in, including the senior college play, which is conducted with Our Lady's Girls School each year. The school also has strong debating and young scientist records, and is generally considered an excellent school for additional out of class activities. The school also has an active GAA team, one of Ireland's oldest in-school teams. Photography, Amnesty International and 4th Year Toastmasters are other notable groups.

List of notable alumni:

Donal McCann, Irish & International Actor
Girvan Dempsey, Ireland Rugby Player
Derek Daly, F1 and Indy car racing driver
Mark Egan, rugby player and administrator
Dave Allen (comedian), Famous BBC Comedian Of The 1970s
Mike Murphy, Retired RTE Broadcaster, Property Developer
Michael Hipwell, Former Ireland Rugby Player and 1971 British and Irish Lions Tourist
Conor O'Shea, Former Ireland Rugby Player, currently a pundit and Director of Rugby with Harlequins RFC.
Niall Hogan, Former Ireland Rugby Captain
John Boyne, author of many novels, including The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Coronas, Irish chart topping band.
Anthony Stokes, Irish International and Sunderland Football Player
Michael McElhatton, Irish actor
Twenty Major, blogger, author
Ken Murphy, Director General of the Law Society of Ireland
Conal Keaney, Dublin Gaelic Footballer
Peter Lawrie, Irish Professional Golfer
Tom Noonan, Chief Executive of Maxol
Tony Scott, President of the Royal Dublin Society
David Blaney, Bristol Rugby Player
Lorcan Cranitch, Irish Actor
Mr Justice Iarfliath O'Neill, Irish High Court Judge
Michael Cullen, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Beacon Medical Group
Fergus Murphy, Chief Executive of the Educational Building Society
Ciaran Clarke, Former Ireland Rugby Player
Nicholas Grennell, Irish Actor. I, Keano
Professor John Crown, Irish Oncologist
Bishop Donal Lamont, Rhodesian Bishop, Leading Anti-Apartheid Campaigner
James Hanley, Irish Artist, member of Royal Hibernian Academy
John McClean, director of Rugby at UCD
Eddie Coleman, International Rugby Selector
Hugh Armstrong, Founder CEO Embankment Industries
Brian Blaney , Former Leinster Rugby player, current player in Terenure College RFC
James Blaney , Former Leinster and Munster rugby player , Current coach of Terenure College RFC
Derek Hegarty , Former Leinster and Munster scrum half
Des Lamont , Current President of the Leinster Branch of the IRFU
List of Irish Rugby Internationals - Past & Present from the school
Girvan Dempsey, Ireland Rugby player
Dr. Niall Hogan, Ireland Rugby player (captain 1995)
Michael Hipwell, Former Ireland Rugby player and 1971 British and Irish Lions Tourist
Conor O'Shea, Former Ireland Rugby player, currently a pundit and Director of Rugby with harlequins RFC
Brendan Sherry
Kevin Flynn, Former Ireland Rugby player
Ciaran Clarke, Former Ireland Rugby player
Paul Haycock, Former Ireland Rugby player
Jim Buckley, Former Ireland Rugby player