Boys & Girls Boarding

Welcome to Rockwell College Residence

Welcome to Rockwell College, a leading boarding school in Munster offering residential accommodation for boys and girls on a 7-day and 5-day basis. Boarding at Rockwell College offers students a home away from home while allowing students to maximise their potential by participating in a structured educational and extra-curricular environment. Boarders can avail of a strong academic, sporting and extra-curricular programme aimed at improving all aspects of a pupil’s development. 

Male boarders stay on-site in our Shanahan Hall Residence. Our female boarders stay with locally based host families who we have built strong relationships with throughout the years. 

Pupils from all over Ireland and from around the world choose Rockwell College for their second-level education. Our pupils travel from the U.K., Germany, Spain, Luxemburg, France, Belgium, Russia, U.S., Bahrain, Japan and Hong Kong. This diversity provides a unique environment for all pupils attending the College and is part of the College ethos of inclusivity. 

Our boarding facilities are spacious and modern, providing a comfortable and high-quality living space. Pupils develop both their independence and their sense of responsibility within the care and protection of the College and its staff. 

To view our residential facilities and College, contact Reception to arrange an appointment or use the Submit an Enquiry option on our home page. 

I look forward to welcoming you here. 

Michael Doyle - Residence Manager 


8:40am: Assembly for all pupils in designated Studies

8:50am: Classes start (3 periods x 40 minutes)

10:50am: Morning Break

11am: Classes continue (3 periods x 40 minutes)

1pm: Lunch served to all pupils

1:45pm: Classes continue (3 periods x 40 minutes)

3:45pm: Classes end

4:00pm: Extra-curricular programme for all pupils

5pm: Tea served

5:45pm: Supervised Evening Study

8:15pm: Evening Study finishes, Day Boarders leave for home.

*Wednesday class finishes at 1 pm followed by sports programme. Study commences at 3:30pm*

*Wednesday and Friday school days finish at 7:15pm*

Boarding School Residence

Shanahan Hall provides boarding facilities for 130 boys between the ages of 12 and 19. Recently modernised dormitories provide facilities which house single and double bedrooms. Boarders can also avail of an in-house cinema and weights room. Regulated internet access is also available.

Girls from Ireland and abroad have attended Rockwell College as Boarders for almost thirty years. Girls are resident in the homes of local host families to the College. These families have a long-standing relationship with. Weekend facilities are arranged by the College for girls and boys at parents’ requests the management and staff of Rockwell College.


1st & 2nd Year: Boys share dorms of 4 beds in single units.

3rd Year: Boys share twin and triple rooms.

4th & 5th Year: Boys share twin rooms or single rooms

6th Year: Each boy has a single room

Shanahan Hall provides separate toilets and shower rooms for each age group. Students can enjoy a range of facilities for the use of boarders exclusively. As we recognise the importance of boarders (whether Irish or international) keeping in touch with home, regulated internet access is available in all rooms. Firewalls and other measures are in place to regulate activity.

students double room

On-site Services

An on-site laundry service, charged to the reserve fee, is also available for boarders and there are opportunities at the weekend to purchase essentials in local towns.

Trips and excursions are organised regularly throughout the year to entertain our boarders and to give them an opportunity to see some local and national history and culture. Sample excursions include Cahir Castle, Mitchelstown caves, Kilkenny Castle as well as paint-balling, karting, ice-skating and bowling.

Approximately every three weeks the Residence closes for a Boarders’ Weekend. Irish residents return home for this weekend and out overseas students are accommodated by Host Families

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Pastoral Care & Support at Rockwell College

At Rockwell College, we are very fortunate in having a large number of adults to whom pupils and their families may turn if they feel something needs to be sorted out or if they have any suggestions. In the College and Residence, pupils’ views are sought and respected, regarding any matters relating to their lives within the school, both informally throughout the day-to-day contact with individual staff and more formally through discussion forums, or via Student Leadership.

There may be times when a pupil is facing difficulties or a boarder feels unhappy about being away from home. If this arises, then the most important thing to stress is that they should seek out an adult with whom they feel they can discuss it.

Our staff in the College and Residence are always available to talk if there are any concerns, be these about the College in general, or about managing life as a boarder. Most issues can be quickly and smoothly resolved. The concerns may be of a more serious nature, and of course, in such cases, the College Principal or Residence Manager may be consulted.

Girl's Accomodation

At present, girl boarders do not reside on the college campus. The College arranges accommodation for boarders with host families.

The Residence Manager makes all Host Family arrangements. Host Families are carefully selected and are subject to Garda vetting. Our Host Families include their borders as part of their own families and typically have an association with Rockwell College for many years.

Girls Students in Hall