Glenstal Abbey School



Boarding School


Only Boys

Founded in 1932, Glenstal Abbey is situated on a 500 acre estate with streams, lakes and woodland paths surrounding a castle built in the romantic Norman style. It is a private secondary school for boys, located on the grounds of Glenstal Abbey, in Murroe, Co Limerick and run by monks of the Benedictine order. It is one of the top boarding schools in the country.

  • Small class sizes with approximately 12-16 students per class
  • To facilitate English language immersion and encourage integration, only one boy with the same foreign language is allocated to each year group
  • Structured supervised study timetable: two study periods each school day, and on Saturday evenings
  • State-of-the-art academic block opened in 2014
  • The distinctive location of Glenstal Abbey allows pupils to explore such pursuits as pitch and putt on a neighbouring course, regular golf and sailing. Horse-racing outings also take place
  • Comprehensive music, drama and public-speaking programmes are all on offer to support the students’ creative pursuits
  • Glenstal’s sports facilities include: four rugby pitches, a soccer pitch and six all-weather tennis courts. The indoor sports hall is used for badminton, basketball and indoor soccer and has an extensive weights/cardiovascular suite. One of the five lakes is used for supervised swimming
  • Assembly daily and boarders attend mass, along with the monastic community on Sundays
  • The school shares its campus with the Benedictine monastery, which makes for a unique atmosphere of peace and tranquility
  • The stunningly beautiful woodland and parkland offer unique opportunities for outdoor activities and exploration
  • Voted Ireland’s number one school for boys by The Sunday Times parent power survey 2014. Average five year Leaving Certificate points 467 equivalent to 3A*s in ‘A’ Levels.