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St. Comhghalls College

MottoPray and work together
Opened - Closed1970 - 2017
Last PrincipalGary Kelly
Last Vice PrincipalBrian Armitage
Last Head BoyConor McDermott
Last Head GirlSophie O'Connor
LocationDerryree Road, Lisnaskea
TypeSecondary School
ColoursNavy Blue, Silver and White
HomepageOfficial Website

St. Comhghall's College is a Roman Catholic co-educational school providing secondary level education to pupils from age 12 to 18 years. The school is situated outside Lisnaskea, a small town in Co. FermanaghNorthern Ireland. The College opened in September 1970.[1]

The college is named after St. Comhghall an early Irish saint based on Lough Erne. The college motto is "Pray and Work Together".

Most of the students reside in Lisnaskea, Maguiresbridge, Newtownbutler, the Knocks and Donagh. The last principal of the college was Gary Kelly and the last vice principal was Brian Armitage[2]

St. Comhghall's College Closed its doors to students in July 2017. It along with St. Eugene's Roslea, amalgamated into one school called St. Kevin's College following a decision made by the CCMS and passed by the then Education Minister Sinn Féins John O'Dowd. The new school is situated on the old site of St. Comhghall's College in Lisnaskea. The unveiling of the new school happened in January 2017 and was attended by special guests such as Monsignor Joseph McGuinness and DUP Leader Arlene Foster.


Sport plays a vital part in the day-to-day life of a St. Comhghall's Student and all sport is encouraged at the school. 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.[3][4] In 2014/15 the U16 boys won the Fermanagh GAA schools championship, which was played in derrylin.

Academics and the Curriculum[edit]

In years 8 to 10 the college provides Key Stage 3 education, then from years 11 to 12 the college provides a selection of GCSEs(see table below) and finally in years 13 to 14 the college provides 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.[5] 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.

College Principals[edit]

Mr. Pearse Mulligan served as college principal from the opening of the school in 1970 until 1982. Mr. Gary Kelly is the current principal and has been in the post since 2006. Since taking up the position Mr. Kelly has implemented various changes such as introducing more subjects to the school curriculum.[6]

Commenced PostResigned PostName
19701982Mr. Mulligan
19821990Mr. Maguire
19901998Mr. McManus
19982006Mr. Hugh Kelly
20062017Mr. Gary Kelly



In March 2010 the Northern Ireland Commission for Catholic Education published a report which outlined plans that would seeSt 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.[6]

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 ( ) 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.


The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese and her husband, Dr. Martin McAleese, who has maternal (McElgunn) roots in Fermanagh[8] paid a visit to St. Comhghalls College on 15 September 2009.

In the President's address to the student body of the college, she recalled the bad old days when people were forced by poverty and politics to emigrate.

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".[9]

Notable former pupils[edit]

See also: Category:People educated at St Comhghall's Secondary School

See also[edit]


St Kevin's College Ballygall, Opening of School Gym

The St Kevin’s College School Gym was recently refurbished at a cost of €137,000 and was officially opened by Darragh Maloney & Damien O’Meara from RTE who host 'Sport at 7' on RTE radio several evenings a week and Father Power, from the local church, who blessed the building.

St Kevin’s College was established in 1967 and has a very proud tradition in sport, in particular Gaelic Football and Soccer. We have had many pupils who have gone on to play football for the Dublin Senior Football team and who have won All Ireland medals, such as, Mick Deegan, Dermot Deasy, Gerry Hargan, Barney Rock, John Kearns and Anto McCaul. Ex International soccer player David O’Leary and current international Stephen Kelly are also past pupils.

The school has traditionally been associated with Ballymun Kickhams GAA Club but we also have students who play for Erin’s Isle and Na Fianna GAA Clubs. There can be great banter on the corridors on Monday mornings after some local derbies been played! Mr Clinton, the schools PE teacher & who plays with Ballymun Kickhams, is involved with many of the teams in the school and it is down to his hard work and his colleagues that inspires the students of St Kevin’s to wear the blue of Dublin like John Kelly who played with the Dublin Minor Football team this year.