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Ardscoil Rís Secondary School
Edmund Rice Highschool
Ardscoil Rís Dublin, Ireland ERST School_Emblem.png
Marino (Griffith Avenue)
Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates 53°22′09″N 6°13′41″W / 53.36924°N 6.22807°W / 53.36924; -6.22807
Motto "Dilseacht agus Uaisleacht" (Loyalty and Nobility).
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic (Edmund Rice Schools Trust logo.png)
Established 1972
Category Catholic, second-level, state-funded
Oversight Edumnd Rice Schools Trust (via the Ardscoil Rís Board of Management)
Grades 1st Year - 6th Year; transition year optional
Gender Male
Enrollment Approx. 525 students (96 new students per year)
Houses No student accommodation
Colour(s)         Navy/Blue
Rival The Townies
School fees No fees (state-funded)
Affiliations Edmund Rice Schools Trust; ECDL Training and Certification centre

Ardscoil Rís (meaning [[]] High School) is a boys' secondary school on Griffith Avenue, Dublin, Ireland. The school caters for approximately 570 students every year.

However, they withdrew from direct work in education in Ireland in September 2006 and the school passed into the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust, established by the Brothers.

History and expansion

Ardscoil Ris originated in the O'Brien Institute, which functioned as a private school, in 1969. The new school incorporated the existing second-level students from the old school and day pupils from the surrounding area. Old dormitories were converted into classrooms and an old reception room became the staff room.

  • In 1970 and 1971 six prefab classrooms were constructed.
  • On 21 November 1973 the new school building was officially opened by the Irish president, Éamon de Valera.
  • In 1979 the school won the Hogan Cup, winning the All-Ireland Colleges football title for the only time. No Dublin school has won it since.
  • In 1984 a new wing was added with dressing rooms, showers, a Library and Audio-Visual Room. The school continued to excel on the sports field and most students went on to third level education at this point.
  • In 1998 a state-of-the-art sports hall was completed and officially opened by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin.
  • In 1999 six new classrooms were built, a new wing for the library was constructed, and some much needed office space has eased the pressure on space in the school.
  • In 2001 the science labs were refurbished.
  • In 2003 the new computer room was completed. In later years, the computers have been upgraded.
  • In 2005 the school designated a permanent art room.
  • In 2013/2014 the library was renovated. New book shelves, tables, better cushioned chairs and new blackout blinds. Chairs and blinds sponsored by the Students Council.
  • In 2015, all the computers in the Technical Graphics room have been replaced with state-of-the-art, high-end computers which are required for projects such as Computer Aided Design.
  • In 2015/2016 the GP Area has been refurnished by the Students Council.
  • During 2016-2018 major changes have been planned for the sports ground. Changes include ground levelling, new ground equipment and other major changes which are estimated by the Board of Management, Parents Council, Sports Dept. and Students Council to cost over €250,000. The project has begun (Spring 2016–Present)


All students study the following subjects to Junior Cycle Student Award (JCSA) Level:
Irish English History Geography Maths
Science French or Spanish Physical Education (Sports) Religion C.S.P.E.
Students also choose two of the following subjects:
Music Tech. Graph. Business Studies Materials Technology (Woodwork)
The Core Subjects at Leaving Certificate are:
English Irish Maths Religion (non-exam)
Students also choose four of the following subjects:
History Geography Accounting Business French
Chemistry Physics Biology Spanish Economics
Physics & Chemistry Construction Studies (continuation of MT Wood) LCVP
Design & Communication Graphics
Core Subjects Fifth Year Options Additional Subjects / Activities
Irish French Art, Cooking
English Science Japanese, Judo
Maths History ECDL, Careers
Religion Geography Swimming, Sailing
Coaching Business Physical Education
Criminology Accounting Photography
Woodwork Music Drama


  • Work experience is a fundemantal part of TY, and three weeks of work experience will take place during the school year, with another week optional (permission from management needed)
  • Optional subjects at Leaving Cert level are subject to demand. For example, there has never been a Leaving Cert Music class due to a lack of demand for the subject at this level.
  • Religion is not an exam subject at Leaving Certificate (but is at JCSA Level) and is taught as part of the school's Catholic ethos.
  • S.P.H.E is not an exam subject.
  • Construction Studies is a continuation of Woodwork

Recent achievements

Ardscoil Rís is often noted for its academic achievements. In 2005 the school sent more students to Dublin City University than any other boys' school on Dublin's Northside . As a percentage of students taking the Leaving Certificate exam the school topped the list of students provided to DCU. More than two thirds of all Leaving Certificate students went on to third level education that year. In 2008 the school sent 28 pupils to DCU, more than any other school in the state bar the Institute of Education. As a percentage of students taking the Leaving Certificate the figure is the highest for any school in the state. As a consequence the school is vastly oversubscribed with more than 200 students applying for just 100 places for the academic year 2009/10.

In Sport Ard Scoil's most recent successes included the U-18 football team being crowned Dublin Senior Football Champions for 2008. A man of the match performance from centre back Aidan Collopy saw the trophy brought back to Ard Scoil. The team was beaten in the Leinster Final by Colaiste Iosagainn, Laois. The U/19 Basketball team reached the 2008 All Ireland Cup Final, which was screened on Setanta TV. However, they lost by three points to St. Malachy's, Belfast. In the 2008/2009 Academic Year the school reached the U/18 "B" Dublin Colleges final but was beaten by Oatlands College. Ard Scoil's U/14 footballers defeated Castleknock in the 2008 U/14"A" Dublin Colleges Football Semi Final before going on to capture the title for the first time since 2002, beating Colaiste Eoin in the Final.

Ardscoil also reached the Semi-Final stage of the 2009, 2012 and 2013 National Senior Concern Debating Competition. and are currently in the 2014 Quarter-Final Stage.

In 2010/2011 the school's U/16's won the Dublin football/hurling double for the first time in 20 years while the 1st Year Basketballers won the school's first ever Division 1 East Region title. They later finished runners up in the All Ireland First Year tournament. The title was subsequently stripped from the winners, St. Malachy's, Belfast, for playing illegal players but was not awarded to Ardscoil due to Basketball Ireland regulations. Ris repeated as U/16 hurling champions in 2011 and won both the Dublin and Leinster Senior B Football titles in early 2012.

Student continuation to third level education

Percentage of students who continues to third level education

Year Percent to college
2009 76
2010 80
2011 88
2012 88
2013 100
2014 93
2015 96

Numbers attending each third level institution

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Cork IT 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Dublin City University 16 18 24 17 25 21 32
Dublin Institute of Technology 21 10 24 11 23 18 17
Dún Laoghaire IADT 1 0 0 2 2 0 2
Dundalk IT 0 0 1 0 0 2 1
IT Blanchardstown 4 3 3 2 1 6 0
IT Carlow 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
IT Tallaght 0 2 2 0 3 3 0
Marino Institute of Education 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
Mater Dei 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Maynooth University 1 1 1 3 5 1 3
National College of Art and Design 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
National College of Ireland 10 14 3 9 7 11 11
NUI Galway 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
St. Patrick's (Pontifical) Maynooth 0 2 6 4 5 3 0
Trinity College Dublin 3 7 5 8 11 10 11
University College Cork 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
University College Dublin 12 8 9 6 11 3 7
University of Limerick 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Waterford Institute of Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

ITC (Information, Communication, Technology) facilities in Ardscoil Rís

Ardscoil Rís has had a fully enabled internet service in the school. A strict Internet usage policy was introduced in 2004 and all pupils wishing to use the internet must sign the policy along with their parents. The policy can be viewed on the school's official website. WiFi is in use for teachers.

The school has a total of 48 student-usable computers (under supervision) and there is a computer in every classroom. Printing facilities are also available for teaching staff.

Students Council

The school has an active Students Council with about 20 members. The Students Council organizes and sponsors many events in the school including:

  • The Annual School Walk
  • First Year Quiz & First Year Bonding Day
  • Awareness Week
  • Small renovations throughout the school
  • SVP hampers
  • Grants for students to go to Gaeltachts
  • Careers Day (for 5th and 6th Year Students) (Approx. 25 unique professions)
  • The School Library (Tuesday - Supervised)


Pat Reilly retired as principal in 2009 after eleven years - the longest serving principal to date. The current principal is Mark Neville.


The school offers after school activities such as a History Club, Drama Club and Debating Club. The school boasts one of the top Debating teams in the Concern Debating competition.

Some of the athletic activities in the school are Gaelic football, hurling and basketball. The school also offers athletics, golf and badminton.

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