Doon school closes after nearly 140 years

When the Leaving Certificate exams finish in June this year St. Fintan’s CBS, Doon will close its doors for the last time.

When the Leaving Certificate exams finish in June this year St. Fintan’s CBS, Doon will close its doors for the last time.

In September a new coeducational school will open in Doon called Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa. This new school will be an amalgamation of St. Fintan’s, St. Joseph’s secondary school, Doon and St. Michael’s Cappamore.

Doon CBS was founded in 1874, when the Parish Priest of Doon left land and money in his will to the Christian Brothers.

The school began as a Primary school, the first secondary pupils enrolling in 1891. When a classical school opened in 1908, it was called St. Fintan’s Collegiate school. Over the years the names St. Fintan’s CBS, Doon CBS or simply “The Monastery” were names given to the school. Now one hundred and twenty two years after the first secondary classes began in the school the secondary school comes to an end.

To mark the closure of this famed academy of learning a closing ceremony is planned for Sunday afternoon, May 12 at 2pm.

Mass will be concelebrated by a number of priests who are past pupils of the school, the chief celebrant being His Grace, Dr. Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.

Mass will be followed by the launch of the school history, “From Alpha to Omega, the story of St. Fintan’s CBS in Memories and Photographs”. This is a comprehensive record of the school throughout its long history and will be a much sought after publication by all past pupils who have passed through the school. Proceeds of this history will be donated to the school’s African immersion fund.

A flag lowering ceremony in which the school flag will be lowered and presented to the last Christian Brother principal of the school will then take place. Finally food will be served and music will be provided by many past pupils including the internationally famous Jimmy Buckley. All past pupils, teachers, Brothers and the community are invited to what promises to be a very nostalgic and enjoyable occasion.