Started in 2008 by Clongowes music teacher, Catherine Heslin, the Clongowes ‘Trad Group’ is a collaboration of students from all year groups as well as staff members. Trad for Trócaire is a national fundraising campaign promoting Irish music as a way of raising money for Trócaire’s overseas development work. As active participants in the campaign for some years, the Clongowes Trad Group was invited to launch the Trad for Trócaire campaign in both 2014 and 2015.
The Clongowes Trad Group is is made up of musicians playing a variety of musical instruments including the fiddle, flute, tin whistle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, cajón and bodhrán. The group meets once a week to rehearse and they are regular performers at school events as well as outside of the college.