Mount Temple Comprehensive School

Mount Temple Comprehensive School

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Mount Temple Comprehensive School is a secondary school located in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland, originally notable as the first multi-denominational public (state-funded) school under Protestant management to open in Dublin.

The school was established in 1972 following the amalgamation of Mountjoy School, Hibernian Marine School and Bertrand & Rutland School.


  • Hibernian Marine School was a charity school founded in 1766, originally to provide for the orphans and children of seamen. The school was located on the Seafield Road in Clontarf, Dublin.
  • Mountjoy School was a boarding school in Mountjoy Square. It later moved to the current location in Clontarf.
  • Bertrand & Rutland School was in Eccles Street on the northside of Dublin.

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

Mount Temple is notable as 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 message board, looking for fellow musicians. All four members of U2 are former pupils of the school.


Mount Temple Comprehensive School has about 850 students. As a comprehensive school it teaches both academic and practical subjects and extra-curricular sport and music are an important part of Mount Temple life. Students are involved in other...
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