These are a few of the most notable past students of Cistercian College Roscrea.

Brian Cowen – Former Taoiseach
Dick Spring – Former international rugby player and Tanaiste
Donal Spring – Former Rugby International and Solicitor.
David Andrews – Barrister and former Minister for Foreign Affairs
Jim Glennon – Former international rugby player and former TD
Conor Brady – Former Editor of The Irish Times
Barry Cowen – Fianna Fáil TD
Willie Mullins – Racehorse trainer and former jockey
Séamus Hennessy – All-Ireland medallist with Tipperary (Hurling)
Gavin Duffy – International rugby player
Ned Byrne – International Rugby player and Kilkenny hurler.
Conor McCullagh – Irish Olympian
Martin McElroy – Olympic Gold Medal coach in rowing.
Raymond Hernan – Chief Executive Bus Eireann
Michael Dwan – Chief Executive Gowan Group
Mark Redmond – Chief Executive American Chamber
Bill O’Brien – Managing Director Brady Family Ham Group
Sean McCann – Former Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.

Rory O’Connell – Chef and Head of Ballymaloe Cookery School
Tom O’Connell – Restauranteur
Sean O’Brien – Connacht Rugby player
John Burns – Editor of The Sunday Times Irish Edition
Kieran Fitzgerald – Garda Ombudsman
Noel O’Callaghan – Founder O’Callaghan Hotel Group
Joe Hayes – Retired Diplomat
Cormac Bourke – Editor, Sunday Independent
Eoghan McMahon – Musician and singer in “Taken”
Tiernan O’Halloran – Irish Rugby player
Conor Faughnan – AA Roadwatch
Arthur Spring – Labour TD
Stephen Hanley – General Manager Shelbourne Hotel.
M.J. Nolan – Former Fianna Fail T.D.
Tom Enright – Former Fine Gael T.D.
John Geary – Professor of Business UCD
Mark Ryan – Former Managing Director Accenture

Website of the Cistercian College Past Pupils Union

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Dates for your diary


Wednesday, February 27th Fr. Peter Garvey Memorial Lecture at 7.00 p.m. in the College Assembly Hall Guest Speaker: Mr Tomi Reichenthal, Holocaust Survivor
Saturday, March 2nd CCR Gala Ball, County Arms Hotel, Birr.

This is a Black Tie event with a Prosecco Reception and a Banquet Meal, Live Music and Entertainment.

Please click on the following link to book your tickets:
Sunday, March 3rd Central Committee Meeting @ 12.00 Noon in the College Boardroom
Friday, March 8th Annual Dublin Dinner in the St. Stephen’s Green Club Tickets for the event can be purchased on the Dublin branch website and cost €80 each, with a discounted rate for students.
Monday, April 29th Dublin Branch AGM
Thursday, May 2nd UL Concert The students of Cistercian College, Roscrea perform in their 9th annual Musica Vivit Gala Musical Evening in the University Concert Hall Limerick.
Friday, May 17th Sixth Year Graduation Mass in Abbey Church @ 4pm followed by Graduation Dinner in the College and presentation of Union Ties
Saturday, May 18th South West Branch Dinner, Sundays Well Tennis Club Contact: Mr Gerald Mc Carthy: [email protected]
Friday, June 21st Dublin Golf Outing, Elm Park Golf & Sports Club, Dublin 4 Contact: Mr Liam Nicholl: [email protected]
Saturday, August 3rd 3rd Annual CCR Day at the Races – Galway Racecourse This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Galway Races and CCR past pupils, family members and friends will be there to celebrate in style. This exclusive event includes entry to the races, champagne reception, lunch in the corporate suites, private bar and tote facilities and a private balcony with panoramic views of the racing.


Prices and booking information will be circulated shortly.

Saturday, September 14th Abbot’s Cup Golf Outing, Roscrea Golf Club Contact: Ms Katherine Donovan, Union Secretary: [email protected]
Sunday, September 15th Mass for deceased pastmen at 10.30am in the Abbey Church


Union AGM at 12.00 noon in the College Boardroom
Friday, October 18th Dublin Business & Networking Lunch Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club