Coláiste Pobail Osraí opened its doors to its first 13 students, on the 3rd of September 1991. That historic day in Education in Kilkenny was reached, following long negotiations between Co. Kilkenny VEC, the Department of Education and the then Minister for Education, Mary Ó Rourke.
Most of this work was done by a group of courageous, determined parents. It has to be noted that they were the parents of the very first group of students who had completed their primary education through the medium of Irish.
In September 1989 a committee was set up, comprising members of the Gaelscoil Osraí Board of Management. The committees brief was to campaign to bring second level all Irish education to Kilkenny, so that those students who were soon to finish at Gaelscoil Osraí would have the opportunity to continue with their post primary education through Irish.
The chief Executive Officer at that time Mr. Brendan Conway himself a staunch promoter of the Irish Language made the introductory contacts and proposals on behalf of the Coiste and the VEC to the Department of Education in May 1990. Mrs Mary Ó Rourke the Minister for Education finally gave the go ahead. The Coiste and the VEC envisaged that Education through Irish should be available to all students who wished to avail of it. The door was to be opened to all comers. It was important to the coiste that this be so.
The first Múinteoir I bhfeighil was Cáit Uí Chionnaith who set out the high standards and ethos of the school, along with an enthusiastic staff and motivated students and parents.
The school motto, assembled by Múinteoir i bhfeighil Cait Ní Chionnaith, “Doras Feasa Fiafraí” endures to this day, it is the motto which has been at the heart of all Coláiste Pobail Osraí activities.
In September 1991 that small and dedicated group of parents and friends saw the first fruits of their labours with the school opening its doors. Since then its continued to be parental commitment, dedicated teaching staff and enthusiastic students which has carried the school along the road to success.
The achievement of Independent status by Coláiste Pobail Osraí in 2007 has set the foundation for the next module in the short history of Coláiste Pobail Osraí. The provision of a state of the Art Building for the students and staff at the current Ormonde Road complex was the next priority. Currently the full range of facilities from expert teaching staff to science laboratories, art, home economics and materials technology room are available to all students.
This year, Coláiste Pobail Osraí will celebrate its twenty-fifth year of service. On reaching this significant milestone we celebrate the success, growth and prosperity of our Gaelcholáiste.