Coláiste na Toirbhirte

Coláiste na Toirbhirte,  Ard Aoibhinn, Bandon, Co. Cork P72 FW28

023 8841814

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Coláiste na Toirbhirte is located just outside the town of Bandon in Co Cork. If you need more information about our school or if you just want to ask us a question, call us at 023-8841814, send us an email at [email protected] , or submit the contact form.

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Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon

  • Address: Ard Aoibhinn, Bandon
  • Tel: 023 884 1814
  • Email: [email protected]
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Mission Statement

Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon, is a college under the Trusteeship of CEIST, providing second level education for girls, in the tradition of Nano Nagle, foundress of the Presentation Congregation. Catholic Christian principles underlie the philosophy of education in the School. Our School is a community seeking to develop the full potential of each student: – intellectual, spiritual, emotional and social.

To achieve this the School seeks

  • To provide a broad and balanced curriculum suited to the needs of each individual and the demands of a changing world
  • To recognise and affirm individual skills and abilities through curricular and extra curricular activities
  • To encourage positive interaction and good communication among students, staff, parents and the wider community
  • To continue to develop and provide a framework of support and care which meets the needs of individual students and staff
  • To continue to provide religious education and spiritual development enabling the students to celebrate the Christian vision of life
  • To maintain and foster willingness for and openness to ongoing staff development

Inspired by these values, we dedicate ourselves to ongoing development of our School.

School History

In 1829 Catherine O’Neill of Skibbereen was the foundress of the Bandon Presentation Convent. Initially, she taught in her house in Hill Terrace. As pupil numbers grew, Catherine sought a site for a convent and school. The Duke of Devonshire responded generously by giving her a five acre site at Coolfadda, on the North side of the river for a nominal sum. From 1829 until the present time, the work of Catholic Christian education has continued, influencing thousands of young people in the greater Bandon area. Primary education still flourishes on the original site, beside the Sisters’ Residence.

In 1991, because of inadequate space on the site at Coolfadda, Colaiste na Toirbhirte, the Secondary section of the School, moved accross the river to Ard Aoibhinn at Cloughmacsimon. At the time of purchase from the O’Kelly family, it was discovered that the current 12 acre site was once the property of Catherine O’Neill, foundress of the Bandon Presentation Convent!

Coláiste na Toirbhirte today is conscious of being in continuity with a great Presentation Tradition. Foundation stones from the original 1865 building on the Northside now occupy pride of place beneath the central symbol of a Celtic Cross on the School’s street.

History was made in 2001 when the Presentation Sisters appointed the first lay Principal in the school.

It is with a confident step that Presentation College, Bandon faces into the 21st century, secure in the knowledge that it always was, and will continue to be, in the forefront of secondary education in the country

News from Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon

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05 Jan 2021

Coláiste na toirbhirte, bandon christmas celebrations 2020.

Christmas Message from Principal The Management and Staff of Coláiste na Toirbhirte would like to wish all parents…

21 Nov 2020

Coláiste na toirbhirte bandon news – october 2020.

All at Coláiste na Toirbhirte would like to extend a warm welcome to our new principal! The staff…

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27 May 2020

Coláiste na toirbhirte news – may 2020.

Coláiste na Toirbhirte bids fond farewell to our Principal   All in Coláiste na Toirbhirte would like to…

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27 Feb 2020

Coláiste na toibhrithe news – february 2020.

Junk Kouture We are very proud of Junk Kouture entry ‘Piece of Mind’, created by students in Transition…

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16 Jan 2020

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Pres Bandon BT Young Scientists 2020 Congratulations to our team of scientists who participated in this years BT…

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17 Dec 2019

Coláiste na toirbhirte news – december 2019.

Season of Advent To celebrate the advent season, we have our Advent wreath on display beside the crib…

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Presentation Primary School Bandon


Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much

-Helen Keller.

Hello and welcome to a new school year here at Presentation Primary School, Bandon. Thank you for taking the time to visit us. Please relax and peruse our amazing school at your leisure and enjoy all that our great school has to offer.

Our school has been educating the children of Bandon since 1876 and today nearly 150 years later we continue this tradition with pride and dedication. It is my pleasure and honour to have become Principal of this school where I have been a staff member for the last 22 years. I have great appreciation and affection for this school and have thoroughly enjoyed watching it develop over the years. I look forward to leading and guiding this school into the future and to continue the incredible work that has always been the foundation stone of Presentation Primary.

We are ideally situated on the Dunmanway Road overlooking the beautiful historic town of Bandon. We are blessed with some great amenities such as our All -Weather Nano Nagle Sports Complex officially opened in 2021 and the beautiful convent garden which the Presentation Sisters with permission love to see us use. We have a large indoor hall for drama and PE and large bright classrooms that are spacious and inviting.

At Presentation Primary each pupil is seen as a unique, talented and gifted person.  The dedicated staff in our school strive to nurture and develop the uniqueness in each child in a caring and helpful way. We believe in a holistic education and aim to provide a warm and caring environment where pupils can achieve their full potential academically, spiritually, physically, socially, morally and emotionally.  As a team we work closely together and like to encompass Nano Nagle’s motto “Not Words but Deeds” through the respect and care shown to all our pupils and staff. All staff members go beyond their duty to encourage and ensure that each pupil reaches their potential in a safe and happy environment. The most important thing for me as principal is to ensure the happiness and wellbeing of each student. We are always very grateful for the goodwill, support and assistance that we receive from you the parents and the wider community which when combined with the dedication of the staff and the willingness of the children, ensures that we have a truly unique school. 

I would now like to wish all our pupils and families a happy, healthy and productive school year. I would especially like to welcome all our new students and wish them many happy years in our school.

Kindest Regards

School Principal

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6th Class – Art on Friday’s

Ms.Corr's girls have settled into 6th class so well & they have been enjoying their Friday afternoon Art lessons. Happy Halloween to all of the girls & their families. [el_masonry_gallery...


Pictures of some our classes on their "Walkathon". A big thank you for all of the support we received from our families, friends and neighbours towards our school fundraiser. [el_masonry_gallery...

School Mural – Day 3

School Mural – Day 3

Day 3 of our painting was Wednesday, we are almost complete !! It is wonderful to see the whole school involvement and to see the children enjoying the painting. Well done to everyone involved. [el_masonry_gallery...

School Mural – Day 2

School Mural – Day 2

Day 2 - Splendid painting done on Tuesday, even the cat joined in saying "That's purr-fect!" [el_masonry_gallery...

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West Cork school to accept first male pupils in its 200-year history

West Cork school to accept first male pupils in its 200-year history

Colaiste na Toirbhirte is aiming to provide an extension on part of its 12-acre campus to cater for a student body of 1,000 within a few years.

A famous ‘convent’ secondary school in west Cork is set to accept its first male students in its near 200-year-history.

Coláiste na Toirbhirte in Bandon, which has been an all-female school since its foundation by the Presentation Sisters in 1829, is now accepting enrolment as a co-education status school from next September when the first male students will take classes there.

Principal Mary Galvin said the 500-pupil school has also lodged an additional accommodation request with the department of education to provide an extension on part of its 12-acre campus to cater for a student body of 1,000 within a few years.

The reaction from staff, parents and from the wider town has been positive, she said.

“There was a sense that it was time,” she said.

I got a real sense of positivity. The community is very important here as well.

“The parents, the wider Bandon community, and there was very much a perception that this was the time, that this would be good, and that it was a positive news story and it gave us huge encouragement to start preparing and moving forward.” 

She told Patricia Messenger on C103FM that there has been a shortage in the number of available school places at second level in the town, particularly for boys, over the last couple of years.

The Department of Education approached the school’s trustees, Ceist, and asked them to consider changing the school's status to co-ed status, before it was approved by the school’s board of management.

It will require a number of physical changes to the building, including the adaptation of toilets and changing rooms.

The additional accommodation has been designed to cater for a student body of 1,000 but Ms Galvin said student numbers will grow slowly and incrementally.

The design of the boys’ school uniform is being finalised.

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