Mayor Launches 150th Year Bish Celebrations

Mayor of Galway Cllr. Hildegarde Naughton launches

the programme of events to celebrate 150 years of The Bish

The Mayor of Galway Cllr. Hildegarde Naughton today (Monday) officially launched the programme of events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of St. Joseph’s Patrician College in Nuns Island.  The college is the last remaining Patrician boys’ only second level remaining in Galway and has served the educational needs of city boys since it was opened in 1862.  The school is now under the trusteeship of Le Cheile Schools Trust.

The Patrician Brothers first arrived in Galway City in 1827 and established a national school in Lombard Street led by Bro. Paul O’Connor.  Because there was no Catholic Intermediate School for boys in the city,  Bishop John McEvilly asked Bro. Paul to open such a school and St. Joseph’s Seminary was established at Nuns’ Island in 1862. Because of the bishop’s close connection and active support the Seminary was generally referred to as the “Bishop’s School” and to this day is known in city and county as “The Bish.”A comprehensive programme of events is planned to celebrate this important occasion.  Our school website has been relaunched-  A school mass will be held in St. Augustine’s on 9th November to celebrate the work of the Patrician Brothers. On 11th November, the Big Breakfast at the Salthill Hotel will give parents an opportunity to be part of the celebrations. A gala dinner will be held on 13th October and all past pupils will be welcome to attend. Past pupils are also welcome to take part in the Golf Am-Am which will take place at Galway Golf Club on 27th July.It is planned to publish a commemorative book in November and a committee are already working on this. It is also planned to have a special lecture by Mr. Donal Taheny.  An inaugural “Bro. Paul O’Connor Lecture” is planned for later in the year.

“This is a very important milestone for the College” says Ciaran Doyle, Principal at St. Joseph’s College. “The Bish has a very strong legacy of educational excellence in the city and we are very proud to celebrate the success of the College in delivering second level education to boys in the city.”                                                                                                            Contact:  Ciaran Doyle   091 565980

BISH 150 Years.

Programme of Events



May 14th

Mayoral Launch

May 14th

Launch of new Website


Launch of Alumni Website

May 21st

Lecture on Patrician Brothers in Galway by Donal Taheny in Arts Centre Nuns’Island.

July 27th

Golf Am-Am at Galway Golf Club

October 13th

Gala Dinner for Past Pupils

November  9th

School  Mass to celebrate the Patrician Brothers in Augustinian.

November 11th

Big Breakfast for Parents  at Salthill Hotel


Launch of Commemorative Book

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