Over the years there have been many famous people who were taught at St. Patrick's B.N.S. For example Séamus Murphy , Dónal Lenihan and Frank O' Connor and more recently Tomás O' Leary.
Frank O' Connor was born in 1903. His real name was Michael O' Donovan.Raised in Cork, the only child of Minnie O'Connor and Michael O'Donovan, he attended school in the famous St. Patrick's B.N.S. Daniel Corkery was his teacher in St. Pa's. He wrote over 150 stories. One book was called An Only Child. He travelled all over the world to tell his stories. He was a member of the I.R.A and spent some time in a prison camp for being involved. He was also managing director of the famous Abbey theatre in Dublin. Frank O' Connor's stories are still famous today throughout the world. O'Connor was perhaps best known for his varied and comprehensive short stories but also for his work as a literary critic, essayist, travel writer, translator and biographer.He was also a novelist, poet and dramatist.
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Séamus Murphy was born in 1907 near Mallow Co. Cork. He attended St. Patrick's from 1912-
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Dónal Lenihan was born in 1959 and lived in Cahergal Gardens. He came to school at Saint Patrick's and later developed a love for rugby when he attended Christian Brothers' College. He made his debut for Ireland against Australia at the age of 22. He was ever present in the Irish team for over a decade which saw two Triple Crowns and three 5 Nations Championships victories. He represented Ireland 52 times. He toured with the Lions and also managed Ireland. Donal is still involved in the game of rugby today and regularly features in the media as a reporter and presenter.
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Dónal's School Visit
We were delighted in 2012 to welcome Dónal back to the school on a special visit to acknowledge his achievements in sport. Pictured is 6th class boy Jack Moore-
Tomás O' Leary was born on the 22nd of October 1983, the son of Seanie O' Leary, a hurler with Cork.Tomás is an Irish rugby union player playing in scrum-
Tomás attended our school from 1990-
After he completed school he continued with his rugby career instead of playing within the Gaelic Association. He was a member of the winning Irish u-
An injury to Peter Stringer early in the 2005/06 season meant Tomás would make his Heineken cup debut against Sale Sharks, one of England's strongest sides in October 2005. Tomás played a prominent ride in Munster's 2005/06 and in 2007/08 winning Heineken cup campaign and especially in the knockout stages of the 07/08 tournament. In addition to his Munster commitments he was named in the Irish squad to tour in Argentina in the summer of 2007 and made his first test start for Ireland against New Zealand on the 5th of November 2008.
Tomás O' Leary has a great talent and is an excellent player for his country and province and we at Saint Pa's are very proud of him and wish him the best of luck in the future.
By James Foley and Owen Casey
Last year St. Patrick’s had a visit from a very special past pupil. On 25th May 2010 the boys and staff were very excited to welcome Munster and Ireland scrum-
In his early 20s Tomás decided to concentrate on rugby. He played club rugby with Cork Constitution and later Dolphin and after many years’ hard work he found himself the first choice scrum-
When he visited, Tomás spoke to the boys about the importance of playing sports for enjoyment and friendship. He also kindly donated two of his jerseys to the school; a Munster jersey that he wore in the 2010 Heineken Cup semi-
The school raffled the Munster jersey to raise funds for a new set of school jerseys. It was won by Ryan Walsh of last year’s sixth class. The Ireland jersey is proudly displayed in front of the school office alongside photographs of other famous past-
St. Patrick’s would like to thank Tomás for taking the time to drop in on us and also Martha O’Brien and Mr Roche for organising the visit.