Our History

History of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust

The Edmund Rice Schools Trust,  launched in 2008,   has  inherited  206 years of Edmund Rice education. Initially, the Trust was established to take responsibility for  schools formerly under the trusteeship of the Congregation of the Irish Christian Brothers and is greatly privileged to have been entrusted, by the Christian Brothers, with the stewardship of the vision of Blessed Edmund.

Since its foundation the Trust  has continued to grow, bringing more schools into the Edmund Rice Schools Trust. Some of these schools are newly founded schools, built on greenfield sites and some are existing schools that have requested to become part of the Edmund Rice Schools family.

Edmund was that rare combination-a creative visionary who was also immensely practical. From the humble beginnings of the first school in Waterford in 1802, Edmund Rice schools have played a proud and important role in the history of Irish education for over two centuries. Today there are almost one hundred of these schools in Ireland, with many more worldwide. Indeed, the Edmund Rice Global family is connected through Edmund Rice Education Beyond Borders, which facilitates  Edmund Rice schools to work together, promoting transformational education for justice and liberation across the world.




Impact Report 2017