Portora Royal School located in Enniskillen
, County Fermanagh
, Northern Ireland
, was one of the Public Schools
founded by the Royal Charter
in 1608, by James I
, making it one of the oldest schools in Ireland at the time of its closure.
Originally called Enniskillen Royal School, the school was established some ten years after the Royal Decree, in 1618, 15 miles outside Enniskillen at Ballybalfour, before moving to Enniskillen in 1661. It was not until 1778 that the school moved to its final location on Portora Hill, Enniskillen
, where the nucleus of the later all boys school was built. The school admitted a mixture of boarders and day pupils for much of its history, but became a day school in the 1990s.
On 28 June 2016, Portora Royal School closed. Portora Royal School amalgamated with Enniskillen Collegiate Grammar School
which launched the mixed Enniskillen Royal Grammar School
on 1 September 2016, which is partially based on the original site of Portora Hill and the site of Enniskillen Collegiate Grammar School.
*1935–1945: I. M. B. Stuart
, Ireland rugby footballer.
::See also :Category:People educated at Portora Royal School
, early 20th century pilot
, winner of Nobel Prize in Literature
and the only winner of the Nobel Prize to have played first-class cricket.
*James David Bourchier
, journalist and Bulgarian confidant
[James Quinn. 2009. ''Bourchier, James David. In James McGuire, James Quinn (ed.), Dictionary of Irish Biography''. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. ]
*Denis Parsons Burkitt
*Sir Andrew Clarke
, Governor of the Straits Settlements
, Cooneyite founder
, politician – MLA
and Member of Parliament, Deputy Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party
, World War 1 military historian.
, civil engineer and foundations specialist
, founder of Procter & Gamble
, singer and songwriter
, legal academic.
, World War 1 flying ace
, Church of Ireland Lord Archbishop of Dublin
(and formerly Lord Bishop of Clogher
*Sir Jim Kilfedder
, former Unionist
[Patrick Maume. 2011. ''Kilfedder, Sir James. In James McGuire, James Quinn (ed.), Dictionary of Irish Biography''. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. ]
, cricketer and rugby union player.
*Rev Henry Francis Lyte
minister and Hymn writer
[Patrick M. Geoghegan. 2009. ''Lyte, Henry Francis. In James McGuire, James Quinn (ed.), Dictionary of Irish Biography''. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. ]
, world famed entertainer and magician
, journalist and author
*Donald Burgess McNeill
, physics academic, transport author, keen rower, and first Esquire Bedale of Southampton University
*Sir Roy McNulty
, literary critic
*Dr E. Charles Nelson
*Sir Edward Sullivan, 1st Baronet
, Lord Chancellor of Ireland.
Fr. John Sullivan
S.J. - Jesuit priest
[Loobey, John. (2017). ''Blessed John Sullivan: A Man Sent By God''. Dublin: Messenger Publications. .]
*Sir Charles Tegart
, Commissioner of the Indian Police and Palestine fort builder.
* Emily Valentine
- 1st known woman to play rugby
, art dealer
, cricketer and business executive
, politician (Ulster Unionist Party
leader and Stormont
[Robinson, James. 2005. ''Pentecostal Origins: Early Pentecostalism in Ireland in the Context of the British Isles: Studies in Evangelical History and Thought''. Milton Keynes, United Kingdom: Paternoster, pp. 34–35.. ]
*H.M. French, artist and latinist
Former pupil Oscar Wilde
won a scholarship to Trinity College Dublin
, and his name appears on the school's Honours board. There is also an Ulster History Circle Blue Plaque on the school building commemorating him.
Wilde's name was painted over in 1895 following his imprisonment. Additionally, initials he had carved into the window casement of a classroom as a student there were removed. His name was later reinstated on the Honours board.
Formation of Enniskillen Royal Grammar School
A proposal by the Department of Education to merge Portora Royal School with the Enniskillen Collegiate Grammar School
to form "Enniskillen Royal Grammar School" was approved by the Minister of Education, John O'Dowd, in June 2015 but the matter was taken to the High Court in October 2015 due to a lot of local opposition. The High Court bid to stop the amalgamation of the two Enniskillen grammar schools failed.
External linksPortora Royal School official web pageBBC article
Category:1608 establishments in Ireland
Category:Educational institutions established in the 1600s
Category:Organisations based in Northern Ireland with royal patronage
Category:Member schools of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference
Category:Grade B1 listed buildings
Category:Schools with a Royal Charter