Dom Richard Purcell, Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey in Co Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne/The Irish Times

Some 1,500 years ago, Benedict of Nursia encouraged followers to welcome all guests appearing on their doorstep. Known as the Rule of St Benedict, it (...)

Dom Richard Purcell, former abbot of Cistercian College Roscrea, and former taoiseach Enda Kenny with the CSR school choir in 2011. Photograph: Frank Miller

Earlier this year student numbers at renowned boarding school Cistercian College, Roscrea were reported to be down by 45 per cent in a decade. Just ni(...)

Cistercian College has among its alumni former taoiseach Brian Cowen and his brother Barry Cowen TD. Photograph: Courtesy of Wikipedia

Cistercian College in Roscrea is to remain open against the odds after the trustees of the historic boarding school voted in favour of a rescue packag(...)

Trustees of the Co Offaly college  said that declining pupil numbers made the institution’s financial position unsustainable

Parents of students at Cistercian College Roscrea have been asked to come up with “options” to keep the Co Offaly boarding school open. The Abbot of(...)

Cistercian College pupils at the Leinster Schools Senior Cup quarter-final in Donnybrook, Dublin, a couple of days before the school’s closure was announced. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Parents opposed to the closure of Cistercian College in Roscrea are holding a meeting on Wednesday night to debate how the famous boarding school cou(...)

Cistercian College is just one of two remaining boys’ boarding-only schools in the country. Photograph: Courtesy of Wikipedia

One of Ireland’s best known boarding schools, Cistercian College Roscrea, is set to close after 112 years due to a significant fall off in student num(...)