Cistercian College Roscrea is back at this years’s National ploughing championships.   The College exhibition stand is located in the Duhallow Pavilion.   Following the success of its initiative over the last 15 years the College is setting out again to raise its profile and highlight the advantages and attractions of boarding school education for boys at this high profile and well attended event.

Cistercian College Roscrea, one of three remaining seven-day boarding schools for boys in the State, has students from all over the country, many who come from a farming background. The school has a strong agricultural tradition, adjoining as it does the 350 hectare Mount St Joseph Abbey farm. From 1916 until the mid 1930’s the College instituted a Farmers Class which could be seen as a forerunner of the course in Agricultural science on the Leaving Certificate programme today. A “Model Farm” was set up where members of the Farmers Class received the necessary training in agriculture. It had its own class hall where English, Maths and Geography were also taught.

A high standard in academic excellence and a balanced curriculum founded on a strong Christian ethos has earned Cistercian College Roscrea an exemplary reputation in second level boarding education. In this year’s Leaving Certificate, the majority of students took the higher level option in all subjects. More notably, all of the students sitting higher level science subjects excelled in their choice.

Cistercian College Roscrea is also noted for its sporting and cultural achievements. It is strong in both rugby and hurling, and also encourages students to participate in sports such as tennis, horse riding, golf and swimming. It is home to a state of art sports complex, and indoor heated swimming pool and golf course. Emphasis is also placed on cultural activities with students participating in an annual Opera and various dramatic and choral productions. Founded by the Cistercian monks in 1905, the college has produced many of the country’s best known politicians, statesmen and business men.


Find us at Duhallow – Educational and Business Stand no 742 Block 3 – Row 30



  • 1700 Exhibitors
  • 240,700 Visitors
  • Over 300 Competitors
  • Almost 2 million feet of Trade Space
  • Economic Impact of over €35 million