CBS SCHOOL AND EDMOND RICE CENTRE
There is a block that includes two schools and the Edmond Rice Center and it is bounded by Manor Hill, Hennessy’s Toad, Blake’s Lane and Barrack Street.
The Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre in Waterford, Ireland, is the resting place of Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian and Presentation Brothers. It is also the site of an impressive visitor centre, thriving community centre and beautiful chapel. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
In July 2022 Mount Sion Secondary School has been given the green light for a new €20m build. The new school will be future proofed to ensure capacity of up to 500 pupils, with 430 currently enrolled. It will also have capacity for four Special Educational Needs classes to support pupils with special educational and complex needs.
Edmund Ignatius Rice, F.P.M., C.F.C. (1 June 1762 – 29 August 1844) was a Catholic missionary and educationalist. He was the founder of two religious institutes of religious brothers: the Congregation of Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers.
Rice was born in Ireland at a time when Catholics faced oppression under Penal Laws enforced by the British authorities, though reforms began in 1778 when he was a teenager. He forged a successful career in business and, after an accident that killed his wife and left his daughter disabled and with learning difficulties, thereafter devoted his life to the education of the poor.
Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers schools around the world continue to follow the traditions established by Edmund Rice.