Presentation College (Coláiste na Toirbhirte; colloquially known as Pres Bray) is a Catholic secondary school established in 1921 by the Presentation Brothers in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.
There are currently about 600 students in Presentation College. The school's main building, built in the late 1960s. Other facilities on the campus include a study hall (formerly a swimming pool), a gym, changing rooms, several science labs, and a library. Outdoor facilities include a floodlit grass rugby field, a soccer pitch, a basketball court, and several other playing fields.
The school is located on the Putland Road just off the main Vevay Road, next to the Queen of Peace church. It is accessible through the Dublin Bus 45, 84 and 184 routes. One of Presentation College's main feeder schools in Bray is Saint Cronan's Boys' National School.
Presentation College Bray was established in 1921 by the Presentation Brothers. Pres Bray originally served as a primary and secondary school, but the primary school was closed in the late 1980s; the old school building is now the home of the Bray Adult Education Centre. Centre to the school's history was its connections to the Presentation Brothers, however the last resident Brother left the school in 2003 and as of August 2007 the Brothers' house is awaiting demolition. The school were granted a new building in 2005, however the Department of Education withdrew its funding in 2008.
Sports are an important part of school life; Pres Bray particularly excel in rugby
. They have won the Leinster Schools Junior Cup
on five occasions, making the school the fifth most successful in the competition's history. Their most recent cup success was in 1990, although they reached the final again in 2004. Recent successes in both the Leinster League and All-Ireland League have resulted in the school's basketball teams being promoted to the Irish A
division for 2008. The school also play Gaelic football
at senior level.
The predominant colours of the school's sports teams are black, red and yellow. The rugby jerseys and shorts are white, while rugby socks are coloured black, red and yellow. The basketball jerseys are black with red rimming and red numbers. The football teams wear predominantly white with black trim.
Boys at Pres Bray sit the Junior Certificate
syllabus for their first three years at the school, and the Leaving Certificate
syllabus for their last two. In between the two courses is an optional extra, Transition Year
, affording students the opportunity to study subjects and topics not present on the exam syllabi. Subjects studied include:
Notable past pupils
- Reggie Corrigan; former Irish rugby international and Leinster captain.
- Ed Joyce; Irish cricketer (plays for England and Middlesex).
- Pat Byrne; founder of CityJet.
- Johnny Murphy; former Irish rugby international and Leinster captain. Also represented Ireland at soccer.
- Cyril and John McGuire; co-founders of Trintech plc.
- Gary O'Toole; RTÉ sports pundit and former Olympic swimmer for Ireland.
- Robert Shortt; RTÉ Washington correspondent.
- Damien Tiernan; RTÉ southeastern correspondent.