St Patrick’s College had been established as a junior seminary by Archbishop Crolly in 1838 and was under the direction of priests of the Archdiocese of Armagh until 1861 when the Vincentian Order was invited to take charge of the school. The Vincentians continued their apostolate in Armagh until the amalgamation.
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Generations of St Patrick’s students, from all over Ireland and beyond, owe a debt of gratitude to the Vincentians for providing an excellent all-round education. The Irish Christian Brothers arrived in Armagh in 1851 at the invitation of Archbishop Cullen, later to be Ireland’s first Cardinal.
Within a few years the brothers acquired the Green Park site and established primary and post-primary schools, Christian Brothers’ Grammar School. Green Park built up a strong academic and sporting tradition for which generations of students are grateful.
When the Vincentian Order signaled its intention to leave Armagh, Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich asked the Irish Christian Brothers to become joint trustees of the new amalgamated school. The great work in education started by Archbishop Crolly in 1838 was to continue Sandy Hill. Christian Brothers remained on staff until 1999, which was also the year that the long tradition of boarding at St Patrick’s came to an end.
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