27th November 2014

Clongowes on Nationwide last Friday Looking back a over a wealth of history spanning 200 years, Clongowes Wood College in Clane, Co. Kildare is celebrating and reminiscing with a full calendar of events for its bicentenary. Since 1814, it has remained an all boys, 7 day Jesuit boarding school and through the years has produced leaders…read more

Past v Present Debate

26th November 2014

Past pupils, parents, staff and guests attended the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Debate in the new Music Performing Centre on the evening of Friday 7th November 2014. This special bicentenary celebration of debating in Clongowes was contested by two teams each comprised of two O.C.s and two present pupils. Chairing the debate was Mr. John Bruton…read more

Morning Glory

24th November 2014

Autumn Photography Competition The winners of our Clongowes – Autumn Glory 2014 photography competition were announced after Morning Prayer on Thursday November 20th: St. John Dundon (Syntax)                  ‘Rainbow of Autumn’ (Lower Line Category) Michael Moloney (Rhetoric)              ‘The Arc of Success’ (Higher Line Category) Mr Steven Gray                                  ‘Midnight Feast’ (Staff Category) We did not forget Third…read more

Rhetoric Play

21st November 2014

Bad Moon  Rising There was a bad moon rising over Clongowes last week. It penetrated the fog that (appropriately) shrouded the Sports Hall and cast its baleful, brooding light on the stage within, where the drama in the Rhetoric Play, ‘Drum Belly’ was acted out on an appositely minimalist stage. From the opening soliloquy to…read more

Manresa comes to Clongowes

19th November 2014

Last Tuesday Fr Thomas Layden (OC ’75), the Irish Jesuit Provincial, while on his annual visitation to the school, formally opened and blessed our new Prayer Room. This beautiful, tranquil space is located just above the main school concourse in a space that certain generations of Old Clongownians knew as the Lower Line TV Room…read more

Rhetoric Play

17th November 2014

DON’T GET GREEDY… IT’S A DEADLY SIN It’s 1969. Man has just set foot on the moon. The streets of Brooklyn are tense. A shaky truce between an Irish gang and the Italian mafia must be upheld. Now $100,000 has gone missing and someone will have to pay. The Clongowes premiere of Drum Belly brings…read more

The 11th Hour

14th November 2014

Remembrance Day Trip to Portora Royal School, Enniskellen At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, Steele Hall in the Royal school Portora Enniskillen stood in silence as three wreaths were laid at the historic school’s war memorial. Continuing a tradition that dates back many years a Clongowes wreath was among…read more

Mass for Deceased Old Clongownians

14th November 2014

Mass for the Deceased Members of the Clongowes Union The autumn season is always rich in colour – but as November moves towards its end – the very richness of those colours is the sign that nature must face up to the fact that – to regenerate next spring – all growth must fade and…read more

Venerable John Sullivan

12th November 2014

Venerable John Sullivan, S.J. On Friday November 7th Pope Francis approved the recommendation of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints that the Servant of God, Father John Sullivan, S.J., be declared Venerable. This is a cause for much rejoicing here at Clongowes among his fellow-Jesuits, the teaching Staff and students of the College, where…read more

Leadership Series 2014

10th November 2014

Clongowes Foundation Leadership Series The Clongowes Foundation Leadership Series re-emerged following a hiatus since 2012 with an inspiring and humble delivery by Patrick Joy (OC ‘69). EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, Patrick is founder of Suretank Ltd, the world’s largest manufacturer of offshore transport tanks for the oil exploration industry. A globally recognised leader…read more

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