St. Munchin's College






School Profile

St. Munchin’s College is a catholic voluntary secondary school for boys, operating under the patronage of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Limerick. As such it supports the religious and educational philosophy of the catholic church.

The school is managed by a Board of Management, and funded by the Department of Education and Skills, operating within the regulations and guidelines set down by the department. The school has a very active parents’ council.


History of the School

The Diocesan College, under the patronage of St. Munchin, was founded by Most Rev. John Young, Bishop of Limerick, in 1796. It was relocated to Corbally by Bishop Henry Murphy, who laid the foundation stone of the new college on 28 April 1960.

Thus reads, in English translation, the text inscribed on the foundation stone of the college. St. Munchin’s College is the Diocesan College of the Diocese of Limerick. It is an institution of learning with a long and noble history, stretching back over 200 years. In this time, St. Munchin’s College has indeed seen many changes, both in organization and location, however its dedication to Christian education, sound moral ideals, and high academic standards has not changed.

St. Munchin’s College aims, with the resources available, to provide the best possible environment in order to cater for the cultural, educational, moral, physical, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions of all students. We show special concern for the disadvantaged, and we make every effort to ensure that the uniqueness and dignity of each person is respected, and responded to, especially through the pastoral-care system in the school. We realize, too, that we must cater for the changing needs of today’s world, and, towards that end, we frequently review our various programmes. Being keenly aware of the ever-increasing effect of outside influences on the lives of our students, we are even more concerned to maintain Christian values and practices.

Working together as a school community, the Board of Management, parents, staff and students aim to provide an environment which will allow each student to develop intellectually, physically, morally, socially and spiritually so that he will be able to grow to fulfill his role in society.

Within the context of the Department of Education and Skills regulations and programmes, the rights of the Trustees/Board of Management as set out in the Education Act 1998 (Section 15 (1), (2)), and the funding and resources available,  the school supports the following principles  :-

  • Inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of students with a disability or other special educational needs.
  • Equality with respect to maximum access and participation in the school.
  • Parental choice in relation to choice of school, having regard for the characteristic spirit of the school.
  • Respect for the diversity of beliefs, languages, traditions and ways of life in society.

All students in the college sit the state examinations, The Junior Certificate and The Leaving Certificate. Students are prepared through their studies to continue on to third level education in university or college, or to join the workforce.


Educational Philosophy

St. Munchin’s College is a diocesan voluntary catholic secondary school for boys under the patronage of the Bishop of Limerick.

The College motto—

‘Veritas in Caritate’—is taken from the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians:

‘If we live by the truth and in love, we shall grow in all ways’

St. Munchin’s College is a caring community, sharing the Christian ideal,  endeavoring to create and sustain an environment through which each of our students can grow in all ways—aesthetically, emotionally, intellectually, morally, physically, socially and spiritually.

Staff, students and parents, in partnership, actively promote an atmosphere that protects and respects the dignity and self esteem of each individual.

By developing an environment that is favourable to learning and is committed to a just and equitable treatment for all, the College Community tries to ensure that its students are given an education and a value system which will enable them to become responsible members of an ever- changing society.

In keeping with the aims of its founders, the College is also mindful of its role in encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life.


Courses and Subjects Offered

St. Munchin’s College follows the curricular programmes set down by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time in accordance with the Education Act 1998  (Sections 9 and 30).

Junior  Cycle : (3years).                             Senior Cycle : (2years).

Religion,                                                       Religion,

Gaeilge,                                                       Gaeilge

English,                                                        English,

Maths,                                                         Maths,

History,                                                        History,

Geography,                                                 Geography,

Science,                                                       Physics,

Business Studies,                                        Chemistry,

French,                                                         Biology,

German,                                                       Applied Maths,

Art,                                                               Business,

Technical Graphics,                                       Accounting,

S.P.H.E,                                                         Economics,

C.S.P.E.,                                                        French,

P.E.,                                                              German,

Computer Studies.                                        Art,



Guidance Counselling.



The Principal allocates students to classes.  Subject to sufficient demand and resources, the Board of Management reserves the right to determine on an annual basis the range and level of subjects, including the minimum number of students to justify the offering of a particular subject class.


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