School History

In September 1966, Templeogue College, a Catholic secondary school, opened its doors for the education of boys living in Templeogue and the surrounding areas. This was a significant development for the hinterland of South Dublin as only a limited number of secondary schools existed in the region. The Holy Ghost or Spiritan Congregation responded to this need and established its fifth school in Ireland the others being St. Mary’s College, Blackrock College, St. Michael’s College and Rockwell College.

In 1966, fifty students commenced their secondary education under the direction of the first Principal Fr John Horgan, C.S.Sp. He led the team of three staff members, the others being Fr Noel O’Meara C.S.Sp. and Mr John McCormack. Today the College has almost 700 pupils on its roll and a staff of 50. In 1969 the first group of students completed the Intermediate Certificate programme. The first class to sit the Leaving Certificate examination was in 1971. Close to 5000 students will have passed through and graduated from the College at the end of the 2015 academic year.

The College is located approx 6 kilometres from the city centre. Its access point in the early years was a cul-de-sac at the end of Templeville Road; this road was subsequently extended to connect with Whitehall Road in Kimmage. The school was surrounded by the grounds of Kimmage Manor and its original playing fields were located where St Mary’s RFC grounds currently reside. Its pitches were subsequently re-located to extensive acreage to the rear of the College and adjoined Kimmage Manor. In later years this area was reduced to the current four playing pitches as a portion of the lands between the College and Kimmage Manor were sold for development.

The original campus comprised three main buildings – the school, the priests’ residence and a gymnasium. The development of the Swimming Pool occurred a few years later and over the years has been an amenity for the local community and surrounding Primary schools. In the early 1990s a new extension was constructed to the rear of the original building. This enabled the College to accommodate additional students and complement its curriculum with new classrooms, Science Laboratory, Art Room, Assembly Area, offices and some years later a canteen was added for the students and staff.

In the mid 1990s the College choose to adopt the Transition Year programme and thus become a six year cycle school. In 1995 a shift in management structures occurred when the first Board of Management was constituted to lead and manage the educational experience of the College. Fr Ronan Grimshaw C.S.Sp. became the chairperson of this board and was succeeded over the years by Fr. Paddy Devine and Fr. Aidan Lehane C.S.Sp., and the first lay chairperson Mr. Michael Madigan. The current chairperson is Dr. Mark Fennell.

The list of Principals who succeeded is as follows:

Fr John Horgan C.S.Sp. 1966 - 1971
Fr Michael McCarthy C.S.Sp. 1971 - 1977
Mr Michael Turner 1977 - 1987
Mr Ray Kennedy 1987 - 1999
Mr John Murphy 1999 - 2004
Mr Kevin O’Brien 2004 - 2009
Ms Aoife O’Donnell 2009 - Present

The College continues to respond to the educational needs of students in what is now a wider constituency in South Dublin. Its mission is to enable students to reach their potential and become balanced and happy individuals, capable of engaging with the human enterprise and the challenges of life.

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