150 years of Edmund Rice Education in Belfast


ERST Northern Ireland is celebrating 150 years of Christian Brother / Edmund Rice education in Belfast –“12th November 1866  to  Saturday, 12th November 2016. As part of the celebrations there will be a Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Chapel Lane at 1.00pm on Saturday 12th November 2016 and at 2.30pm in the Westcourt Centre, Barrack St (the former St. Mary’s CBS) there will be an exhibition illustrating the contribution, past and present, of the Christian Brothers and the Edmund Rice Schools Trust to education in Belfast.

The Brothers began teaching in Belfast on 12th November 1866 in St. Mary’s National School on Divis Street (John St). Since then they have provided transformational education in many other Belfast schools.



Former Schools:

St Patrick’s, Donegall St; St Malachy’s, Oxford St; Hardinge St; St Mary’s CBS, Barrack St; Our Lady of Lourdes, Park Lodge; Gort na Móna, Dermot Hill; St Aidan’s Primary, Ballymurphy; Edmund Rice Primary, Pim St. and Open Doors Learning Centre, Barrack St. Present Schools (Edmund Rice Schools Trust): Edmund Rice College, Glengormley; CBS, Glen Road; St Mary’s CBGS, Glen Road; St Patrick’s Primary, Antrim Rd; John Paul II Primary, Ballymurphy and Westcourt Education Centre.


Please come along and join in the celebrations on 12th November.