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On Friday, February 14th, Mr. Collins’ Rang 5 and Rang 6 accompanied by Ms. Savage went on a class trip to Cork City at the kind invitation of Mr. Jim Moynihan from the North Monastery A.G. Secondary School.  All the children were excited as the bus reached Cork and wound its way through Blackpool where Cloyne’s famous son, Christy Ring, lived and played.

Upon arriving at the school, Jim gave us a personal tour of the extensive grounds encompassing the North Mon campus. The North Monastery is situated in the heart of the Northside and we were treated to a panoramic view of the city, taking in the neighbouring schools, plus Collins Barracks, Shandon Church and the North Cathedral.

Jim and his ever-obliging team of Transition Year students were fantastic hosts and the children were given the proverbial 5-star treatment including a free lunch in the Home Economics Room!

Jim relayed many historical facts and anecdotes along the way. Below is a list of the various points of interest:

The chronology of the North Mon buildings

The site of the pond where John Philip Holland designed the modern submarine plus a scaled model of the submarine and information display

Brother Burke Memorial Centre (Cork School of Music) – this brother was the foremost scientist in Ireland and indeed Britain in the early 1800s.

The Christian Brothers’ Burial Plot

The Stone Feeding Troughs

The former site of the swimming pool in the secondary school

The famous graduates and teachers who served in the school including Jack Lynch (Cork’s only Taoiseach & GAA legend, Seán Óg Ó hAlpín, Néil Toibín, Joe Lynch, UCC Presidents, Cork Lord Mayors including Tomás MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney)

The stuffed wolfhound, Bran, from 1905

Basketball games between North Mon A.G. and Rochestown – The North Mon is the real academy of basketball in Cork

Astroturf games trí Ghaeilge

Guided tour of the refurbished North Cathedral including the unique baptismal fount, the Gothic style arches, the shrine containing a thigh bone of Bishop Thaddeus McCarthy, the historical photo of the northside of Cork, the original site of the North Monastery School

Guided tour of the iconic St. Mary’s Church Shandon with its Romanesque arches and 4 faced ‘liar’ clock.

The Butter Exchange, the Firkin Crane, the former North Infirmary

The Cattle Market, worker houses and streets

The graffiti painted former Cinema

The former depot of the Cork Fire Brigade

The workshop of the famous stone sculptor – Séamus Murphy

The Victorian Sewers underneath the river by the Dominican Church

Blackpool Shopping Centre – Jack Lynch Bronze sculpture


One can only say that it was a fun-filled day and really rewarding experience for all concerned. A huge thanks to Mr. Jim Moynihan for facilitating our trip and treating us to a fantastic tour. Bhain na páistí an-taitneamh as. Ní dhéanfaimid dearmad ar an lá sin go deo