Gerard Grealish

Principal

Gerard Grealish started in Cistercian College in 1994, teaching Physics, Maths, Applied Maths, Science and Computer Studies. He completed a Masters in Science Education (UCC) in 2002 and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership in Maynooth University in 2009.

Mr Grealish was appointed Dean of Studies in June 2010 and Principal in September 2017.


Catherine Smyth

Deputy Principal

Catherine Smyth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance and an M.A in Education.

Since 1998 Catherine has been employed by Cistercian College as the ICT Coordinator and has been responsible for sourcing, installing and managing the first networked system which brought the College into a new era in terms of IT facilities.

Prior to 1998 Catherine had worked for 12 years in the IT industry where she worked as a Software Consultant both in Ireland and the UK.

As well as her role of ICT coordinator, Catherine also coordinates the Transition Year programme and teaches Business Studies. Cistercian College is an integral part of Catherine’s life; she believes that the care and welfare of the students in tandem with their academic education is our collective responsibility. She is a passionate believer that the unique Cistercian ethos offered to our students continues to benefit our students throughout their lives.


Seamus Hennessy

Director of Admissions

Seamus Hennessy is a Housemaster and Director of Admissions and is one of our longest serving and most experienced members of staff. Before he came to Cistercian College Seamus was a journalist in Limerick. He left journalism to take a break from that life and concentrate on studying for a Master’s in a quiet, academic atmosphere of a 100-year-old monastic college.
Seamus meets all new prospective Parents and Students personally and is available to deal with any queries.


Felix Ross

Head of Boarding


Academic and Boarding Year Heads
1st Year Mr. Flor O’Brien Mr. PJ Hogan
2nd Year Mr. Mark Carey Mr. Niall Shortt
3rd Year Mr. Roger Quigley Mr. Paddy Smyth
Transition Year Mrs. Catherine Smyth Mr. Stephen Niland
5th Year Mr. Roger Quigley Mr. Alan Tynan
6th Year Mr. Flor O’ Brien Mr. Kevin Kelly