Blackrock College (Irish: Coláiste na Carraige Duibhe) is a Catholic voluntary secondary school for boys aged 14–18, located in Williamstown, Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland. The College was founded by French missionaries in 1860, to act as a school and civil service training centre. Set in 0.25 square kilometres (62 acres) of grounds, it has an illustrious sporting tradition. The College, 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) from Dublin city centre is just in from the sea, and is self contained, with a large boarding school and teaching facilities. Now run by a lay foundation in trust, it maintains high academic standards but requires all pupils to participate in non-academic activities. The missionary tradition continues with charity progammes, especially at Christmas. It accommodates approximately 1,100 day (primarily) and boarding students.