Mount Temple Comprehensive School

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Mount Temple Comprehensive School
Malahide Road

, ,
Dublin 3

Republic of Ireland
Coordinates53°22′09″N 6°13′21″W / 53.3691°N 6.2225°W / 53.3691; -6.2225Coordinates: 53°22′09″N 6°13′21″W / 53.3691°N 6.2225°W / 53.3691; -6.2225
School typeGovernment co-educational
MottoesAll Different, All Equal[1], Nisi Dominus Frustra,
(If not the master, in vain)
PrincipalLiam Wegimont
Student to teacher ratio25:1 approx.
Colour(s)  Black
Information01 8336984

Mount Temple Comprehensive School is a secondary school in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland. The school operates under the patronage of the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, and has, as a primary objective, the provision of state-funded second level education to the Protestant population of northern Dublin, while accepting pupils of all religions, and none. The school was established in 1972 following the amalgamation of Mountjoy School, Hibernian Marine School in coastal Clontarf, and Bertrand & Rutland School.[2]


Hibernian Marine School was a charity school founded in 1766, originally to provide for the orphans and children of seamen. The school was located off Seafield Road in Clontarf, Dublin, where the Seacourt estate now stands.[3] Mountjoy School was a boarding school in Mountjoy Square (in the same building was the Incorporated Society for Promoting Protestant Schools). It later moved to the current location in Clontarf. Bertrand & Rutland School was in Eccles Street on the northside of Dublin, it was a Church of Ireland School; the Bertrand and Rutland Fund still funds scholarships to Protestant schools in Ireland.[4]

Hibernian Marine School amalgamated with Mountjoy School in 1968 and became Mountjoy & Marine School. The school later amalgamated with Bertrand & Rutland and took the name of Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1972.

Main Mount Temple building


Mount Temple Comprehensive School has about 900 students, although it was only built to cater for around 500.[citation needed] There have been plans for many years for a new school to be built on site to cater for these extra students but no work has started yet.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

Mount Temple was the school where the rock band U2 was formed. In September 1976, 14-year-old drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a notice on the school's noticeboard, looking for fellow musicians. All four members of U2 are former pupils of the school.[11]

Summer activities[edit]

During the summer months the whole school facility is used by the Centre Of English Studies (CES), catering for hundreds of international students who come to Dublin to learn English.


  1. ^ Learning Policy, Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Official Policy, available 12 July 2015 at
  2. ^ Mount Temple Comprehensive History [1]
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey Ireland, National Townland and Historical Map Viewer, Historic 6" Last Edition B&W: DN019
  4. ^ Educational Endowment Schemes Archived 2012-11-13 at the Wayback Machine Dáil Éireann - Volume 393 - 14 November 1989
  5. ^ "Meet Ireland's Tallest Man". Irish Independent. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  6. ^ Hayden, Jackie (16 September 2001). "The Hot Press Interview: Steve Averill". Hot Press. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  7. ^ Irish Times Article February 22, 2005.
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  10. ^ "Diane meets up with Beckham and Figo..." Fingal Independent. 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. U2 by U2. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-077674-9.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Times Online article on Damien Dempsey's background.
  13. ^ D. F. L. Chadd: "Francis Llewellyn Harrison, 1905–1987", in: Proceedings of the British Academy (1989), p. 361; see Bibliography.
  14. ^ Ware, Séamas (May 2002). "The Boxing Parson" (PDF). Journal of Olympic History. International Society of Olympic Historians. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
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  17. ^ A short bio on comedy CV. IMDB entry
  18. ^ Short article from about Maybury being called for the Irish team.
  19. ^ McCormick, Neil; Adam Clayton; Bono; The Edge; Larry Mullen Jr. (2005). U2 by U2. New York: HarperEntertainment. pp. 40-46. ISBN 0-06-077675-7.
  20. ^ "Irish-born designer receives knighthood". Irish Times. 15 January 2001. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  21. ^ BBC article on Christopher Nolan winning the Whitbread award.
  22. ^ "So, how low did they go?". Irish Independent. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  23. ^ U2’S Former Music Teacher Lands a Top Gig as Kidney Association Chief[3]

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