Lumen Christi College was formerly known as St Columb’s College. This is one of the few schools in the world that can claim two Nobel laureates amongst its alumni, namely; Seamus Heaney (Nobel Literature Prize-1995) and John Hume (Nobel Peace Prize-1998). It was named after Saint Columba, the Irish missionary who founded a monastery in Derry. St Columb’s College was established in 1879, but later moved to the Buncrana Road in the suburbs of the city. The school is colloquially known as ‘The College’ and has a student population of over 1,500 (making it one of the largest Catholic boys schools in Europe). The library section is probably the most notable architectural aspect of the college and occupies the 1st and 2nd second floors of a building erected in 1898. The library functioned more as a museum and housed many rare antiquarian books (some of which date back to 1650) and a range of items of anthropological and cultural interest relating to the diocese.

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