Synge Street CBS

Synge Street CBS[4] (colloquially Synger)[5][6] is a boys' non-fee-paying state school, under the auspices of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust, located in the Dublin 8 area of Dublin, Ireland. The school was founded in 1864 by Canon Edward McCabe and Brother Edward O’Flaherty,[7][8] as part of a mid-nineteenth century programme to expand the provision of Catholic schooling across the city, particularly for poorer boys. It was important in developing multiple new Christian Brothers schools in the local area and beyond.

Synge Street CBS Secondary School[1]
Sancta Maria CBS Primary School
(Bunscoil na mBráithre Críostaí, Sráid Synge)[2]
The St Pauls building on Heytesbury Street in Dublin, part of the school
Synge Street, Dublin

D08 R283
Coordinates53.3333°N 6.26833°W / 53.3333; -6.26833
TypeChristian Brothers
Motto"Viriliter Age"
("Act Manfully")
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic[3]
Founded1864; 157 years ago
FounderCanon Edward McCabe
Brother Edward O’Flaherty
Principal(Secondary) Clare Catterson[3]
Gender(Secondary) Boys,[3] (Primary) Mixed[2]
Age range(Secondary) 12–19, (Primary) 4–12[1][2]
Colour(s)Blue and White

Originally the school was part of the Christian Brothers monastery, but in 1954 new buildings were erected for primary pupils, and in 1964 for secondary pupils on Heytesbury Street. Although founded and largely known as an all-boys school, since 2016 it has offered co-educational Gaelscoil classes at primary level. While being the second-largest school in the country in the 1950s, the school roll has declined significantly since the turn of the millennium, and by 2021 had around 260 pupils at second level, and 100 at primary.[1][2]

The school has a long list of notable alumni in Irish political, business, media and sporting life, including both the President and Taoiseach of Ireland for a period of nearly two years in the mid-1970s, and is a status that has led to the school being described as the Eton of Ireland. It also has a strong record in the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.