Blackrock College

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Group.png Blackrock College  
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HeadquartersDublin, Eire
Type• Catholic
• day school
• boarding school
Catholic boarding school for boys in Ireland

Blackrock College is a voluntary day and boarding Catholic secondary school for boys aged 13–18, in Williamstown, Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland. It was founded by French missionary Jules Leman in 1860 as a school and later became also a civil service training centre.

The college, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Dublin city centre, is just in from the sea, and is self-contained, with boarding and teaching facilities in 56 acres of parkland. It accommodates approximately 1,000 day and boarding students.[1] As of 2021, Blackrock is run by the Congregation of the Holy Ghost in close co-operation with a dedicated group of lay personnel.


Early Free State ministers such as Art O'Connor (secretary for agriculture 1921–1922), and Éamon de Valera, six times Taoiseach and the 3rd president of Ireland, studied and later taught in Blackrock. Modern politicians include Eoin O'Broin, Ruairi Quinn (a former minister and leader of the Labour Party) and Barry Andrews, a former junior minister. Many businessmen have also attended the school such as David J. O'Reilly, chairman and former CEO of Chevron Corporation, and Brendan O'Regan, founder of Shannon Airport and proponent of the Irish peace and reconciliation process. Philip R. Lane (governor of the central bank), Ronan Dunne (EVP and group president of Verizon Wireless) also attended the college.


Alumni on Wikispooks

Philip Lane27 August 1969EireEconomist
Central banker
Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland. Since 2019 Chief Economist at the European Central Bank
Lochlann Quinn1940EireFinancier
Billionaire businessman, Bilderberg 1997