The Auld Triangle - Clongowes Wood College

Posted: 20th April 2016

Clongowes Wood College SJ

The origins of racing ‘The Triangle’ in Clongowes, while hardly lost in the mists of time, are certainly unclear. It is such an obvious course that it is likely that boys ran and raced it as long as boys have run and raced in Clongowes. As regards the modern event, Fr Bruce Bradley, in The Clongownian, 1994, points out that ‘an idea mooted by Fr Liam O’Connell during his headmastership was brought to fruition [this year] by Mr Brian O’Keeffe: races round the “triangle” of front and back avenues for all-comers within each line.’

The latest running of the race took place on Tuesday, 20th April in gloriously sunny weather and – while none of Jack O’Leary’s records was threatened – there was nonetheless a very competitive atmosphere. Congratulations to all who took part in a very enjoyable event and many thanks to Mr Shane Heslin and all the staff members who made themselves available on the night to ensure the success of what has become a notable occasion in the ongoing history of Clongowes.


Third Line (Record Jack O’Leary 2012 – 7.17.40)

1st        Michael Spillane                    7.47

2nd       Chris Martin                            8.28

3rd        Charlie O’Reilly                     8.34

Lower Line (Record Jack O’Leary 2013 – 6.54.00)

1st        Stephen McAleese               7.36

2nd       Andrew Hanley                      7.55

3rd        Dan Beggs                                 8.35

Higher Line (Record Jack O’Leary 2015 – 06.38.40)

1st        Christian Casey                      7.35

2nd       Charlie Coonan                      7.42

3rd        Stephen Gildea                       7.52


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