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Darragh Shanahan photographed at the Synge Street Christian Brother School in 1977

Christian Brother Schools (often abbreviated to CBS) are common in Ireland but found all over the world. The Congregation of Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic Order, was established in Waterford in 1802 by Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice, and the schools were originally managed by members of the religious community and today are mainly staffed by lay teachers.

Politically, the schools were traditionally Nationalist in their leaning, and supportive of Irish culture, language, and GAA sports – Irish football and hurling were encouraged, and playing soccer was forbidden in some schools.