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Portora Royal School
|Portora Royal School|
1 Lough Shore Road, BT74 7HA
|Type||Grammar school, Public School|
|Founder||King James the First|
|Closed||28 June 2016|
|Chairman||Bishop John McDowell|
|Last principal||J.N. Morton|
|Last vice principal||Trevor Smith|
|Chaplain||The Very Revd Kenneth Hall|
|Houses||Ulster, Munster, Connaught, Leinster|
|Colour(s)||Black and gold|
Portora Royal School located in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, was one of the 'Public Schools' founded by the Royal Charter in 1608, by James I, making it one of the oldest schools in Ireland at the time of its closure.[self-published source] Originally called Enniskillen Royal School, the school was established some ten years after the Royal Decree, in 1618, 15 miles outside Enniskillen at Ballybalfour, before moving to Enniskillen in 1661. It was not until 1778 that the school moved to its final location on Portora Hill, Enniskillen, where the nucleus of the later all boys school was built. The school admitted a mixture of boarders and day pupils for much of its history, but became a day school in the 1990s.
On 28 June 2016, Portora Royal School closed. Portora Royal School amalgamated with Enniskillen Collegiate Grammar School which launched the mixed Enniskillen Royal Grammar School on 1 September 2016, which is partially based on the original site of Portora Hill and the site of Enniskillen Collegiate Grammar School.
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Former pupil Oscar Wilde won a scholarship to Trinity College, Dublin, and his name appears on the school's Honours board. There is also an Ulster History Circle Blue Plaque on the school building commemorating him.
Wilde's name was painted over in 1895 following his imprisonment. Additionally, initials he had carved into the window casement of a classroom as a student there were removed. His name was later reinstated on the Honours board.
Formation of Enniskillen Royal Grammar School
A proposal by the Department of Education to merge Portora Royal School with the Enniskillen Collegiate Grammar School to form "Enniskillen Royal Grammar School" was approved by the Minister of Education, John O'Dowd, in June 2015 but the matter was taken to the High Court in October 2015 due to a lot of local opposition. The High Court bid to stop the amalgamation of the two Enniskillen grammar schools failed.
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