|St. Comhghalls College|
|Motto||Pray and work together|
|Opened – Closed||1970–2017|
|Last Principal||Gary Kelly|
|Last Vice Principal||Brian Armitage|
|Last Head Boy||Conor McDermott|
|Last Head Girl||Sophie O'Connor|
|Location||Derryree Road, Lisnaskea|
|Colours||Navy Blue, Silver and White|
St. Comhghall's College was a Roman Catholic co-educational school providing secondary level education to pupils from age 12 to 18 years. The school was situated outside Lisnaskea, a small town in Co. Fermanagh Northern Ireland. The College opened in September 1970.
St. Comhghall's College closed its doors to students in July 2017. It amalgamated with St. Eugene's College Roslea to form a new school called St. Kevin's College, following a decision made by the CCMS and passed by the then Education Minister John O'Dowd. The new school is situated on the old site of St. Comhghall's College. The school was officially unveiled in January 2017 and the event was attended by special guests such as Monsignor Joseph McGuinness and DUP Leader Arlene Foster.
St. Comhghall's College made local headlines in 1996 after the Under 16 boys team won the All-Ireland. In 2006 the Under 16 girls team made it to the final in the All Ireland. In 2014/15 the U16 boys won the Fermanagh GAA schools championship, which was played in derrylin.
Academics and the Curriculum
In years 8 to 10 the college provided Key Stage 3 education, then from years 11 to 12 the college provided a selection of GCSEs (see table below) and finally in years 13 to 14 the college provided a selection of A Levels (see table below).The college has been noted in the media for having a 100% pass rate at A-Level, meaning all students who studied A-Levels and at the college achieved at least a grade C. At GCSE the school has also had a 100% pass rate meaning all pupils achieved 5 or more GCSEs grades A*-C ranking it as Northern Ireland's best achieving post primary school.
|List of GCSE Subjects Taught|
|GCSE||Art and Design|
|GCSE||Technology and Design|
|List of A-Level Subjects Taught|
|A Level||Physical Education|
|A Level||Home Economics|
|A Level||Business Studies|
|A Level||Religious Education|
|A Level||Technology and Design|
|A Level||Art and Design|
Pearse Mulligan served as college principal from the opening of the school in 1970 until 1982. Gary Kelly was principal from 2006 to 2017. Kelly implemented various changes such as introducing more subjects to the school curriculum.
|Commenced Post||Resigned Post||Name|
|1990||1998||Mr. Dick Tracey|
|1998||2006||Mr. Hugh Kelly|
|2006||2017||Mr. Gary Kelly|
In March 2010 the Northern Ireland Commission for Catholic Education published a report which outlined plans that would see St Eugene's College, Rosslea and St. Aidan's High School Derrylin merged into one single college on the site of St. Comhghalls college in Lisnaskea.
Principal of St. Comhghall's Gary Kelly said regarding the future merger
"It's this proposal or nothing, There's a proposal on the table and if that's the way it's going to go, then that's the way it's going to go. As long as we have the best education provision for all the children here, that's all I am interested in. The staff believe in these plans. There has been no mention at all about the safety of jobs, it hasn't been talked about. I suppose on the grand scale of things, with a proposal like this, there are safeguards in place. That's the important thing in all of this. There are safeguards for parents, for pupils and for staff
This merger happened in 2017 with St. Aiden's Derrylin being allowed to stay open and serve the local community with education up to GCSE level. Both St. Comhghall's and St. Eugene's Closed their doors in July 2017 and St. Kevin's College ( https://www.stkevinscollege.co.uk/ ) opened in 2017 on the site of St. Comhghall's in Lisnaskea. Mr. Gary Kelly continued on as Principal however there is a new Vice Principal Mrs. McDonald.
Visit from the President
The present, however, was different: "By some kind of a miracle, things are beginning to come together", she said, "not by coincidence but by sheer hard work and you young people, you will rove to us and show us the reality which is what Ireland should be like, that there is peace and prosperity. It is going to be an extraordinary Ireland, the best Ireland ever, and you are to be its inheritors and its leaders".
Notable former pupils
- Diocese of Clogher
- List of secondary schools in Northern Ireland
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