The O’Connell School is a secondary and a primary school for boys located on North Richmond Street in Dublin, Ireland. The school, named in honour of the leader of Catholic Emancipation, Daniel O’Connell, has the distinction of being the oldest surviving Christian Brothers school in Dublin, having been first established in 1829. It is now under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust.
North Richmond Street, Dublin 1, D01 Y4A9,
|Motto||"Ciall agus neart"|
(Power and strength)
|Number of students||Over 300|
|Religious order||Congregation of Christian Brothers|
The school was for many years dubbed the "working man's Belvedere College" (in reference to the nearby fee-paying school of that name, and due to its good reputation). James Joyce transferred from O'Connell School to Belvedere after being offered a place there.
Notable staff and past pupils
A number of significant figures in Irish public life attended O'Connell's School.
- Maurice Ahern – former Lord Mayor of Dublin
- Brendan Bracken, 1st Viscount Bracken – British Minister of Information during the Second World War
- Ray Burke – former Fianna Fáil politician
- Eamonn Ceannt – Irish Nationalist; one of the 1916 signatories
- John A. Costello – former Taoiseach of Ireland
- Bill Cullen (businessman) – Irish businessman, philanthropist and star of The Apprentice (Irish TV series)
- Paddy Finucane – World War II top-scoring fighter pilot ace in the RAF
- Frank Flood – IRA officer executed in 1921 during the War of Independence; one of The Forgotten Ten
- Sean Heuston – leading member of the 1916 Easter Rising
- Michael Holohan – composer, member and former chair of Aosdána.
- John Hooper (Irish statistician) – BA (1898) – first Director of the Statistics Branch of the Department of Industry and Commerce in Ireland
- James Joyce – writer who briefly attended the school; the school is mentioned in Dubliners in the story "Araby"
- Bishop James Kavanagh – University College Dublin professor and bishop in the Dublin Diocese
- Luke Kelly – former lead singer of folk group The Dubliners
- Pat Kenny – radio and television presenter
- Barry Keoghan – film and television actor
- Bertie Kerr – Ireland football international and bloodstock agent
- Thomas Kettle – Nationalist MP and Irish Volunteer who died in the First World War
- Thomas Kinsella – poet and playwright
- Seán Lemass – former Taoiseach of Ireland
- P.J. Mara – Fianna Fáil guru
- Declan Masterson – multi-instrumentalist, composer, former Musical Director at Riverdance
- Colm Meaney – film and television actor
- William Mulholland – Irish-American dam civil engineer
- Michael O'Hehir – radio broadcaster and sports commentator
- Seán T. O'Kelly – second President of Ireland
- Ernie O'Malley – Irish Nationalist and writer
- Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh – sports commentator who briefly taught here
- Joseph Ó Ruanaidh – scientist
- Troy Parrott – professional footballer
- Paddy Neville
- O Muircheartaigh, Micheal (2006-10-29). "Micheal and the Far East connection". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-15.