‘The College Boys’ was lauched at St Patrick’s College, Cavan, on 12th June 2008.

The book was co-authored by Francis McKiernan, former Bishop of Kilmore and by Raymond Dunne.  Both authors are past pupils of St Patrick’s College and both are former members of the teaching staff.

Unfortunately Bishop McKiernan did not live to see the book published; he died on 23rd December 2005.  Raymond Dunne completed the editing and brough the work to publication. 

Pictured at the launch, beside a portrait of Bishop McKiernan, are Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Raymond Dunne and Cardinal Seán Brady. 

The launch took place in St Patricks College with a large gathering of past pupils, past and present staff, members of Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne and many people who have associations with St Patricks.

Cardinal Seán Brady, past pupil and former teacher, launched the book.

It is published by Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne

Bishop Leo O’Reilly’s Address at the launch.


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This hardback 400 page book is an important source book for historians and other researchers.  It will also be of great interest to former students and staff of St Patrick’s College and anyone with an interest in the history of the diocese of Kilmore.

The book is a compilation of past students of the Kilmore Academy (1839 – 1873) and St Patrick’s College (1874 – 2000) under year of entry, name, original address and year of departure.  The book has photographs from the eary days of the College to the present.

More details from St Patrick’s College, Cavan. 049-4361888, or at

The book is also available from the Cavan Genealogy Centre, 1st Floor, Johnston Central Library, Farnham Street, Cavan, Co. Cavan.


Price €35, excluding postage.