2020 - Clongowes Wood College

 Light and the sound of music in Hezekiah’s Tunnel

22nd December 2020

Readers of former encyclicals will have made the acquaintance of such luminaries as Xenophon and Tantalus  – and of Dag Hammarskjold and my Lourdes Pal – little Anne Marie. Now may I introduce another friend, Hezekiah – King of Jerusalem in the 8th century BC – famous for holding out against the siege of Sennacherib,…read article

Gravel football at Clongowes

21st December 2020

In September 2019, Declan O’Keeffe, College Historian, represented Clongowes at the British Society of Sport History Annual Conference in Liverpool Hope University, where he presented a paper entitled: “‘All the other boots and legs ran after’ – the long life and slow death of ‘Gravel’ football”. Declan was subsequently asked to contribute a chapter on…read article

Matthew O’Donohoe – Classics Now Competition Winner

21st December 2020

Congratulations to Matthew O’Donohoe (Rudiments) who has won the Digital Myth competition run by Classics Now. The brief to students was to “reimagine ancient myths of the Greek and Roman world using digital technology.” Students were encouraged to recreate and adapt one of the myths which they have studied as part of their Junior Cycle…read article

A Portrait of The TY Barista

16th December 2020

Last week a group of Transition Year (TY) students were brought to a local coffee roaster for an introduction into coffee roasting and barista techniques.  Our TY programme is rich and varied with time set aside for fun learning activities such as the barista course. One of the participating students, Dane Cormack, offered to tell…read article

Answering Pope Francis’ Call – a Parish Community’s Response.

15th December 2020

Saturday, 12th December 2020, was a sad day for us in Clongowes as we bade good-bye to our nearest neighbours ……….. but we did so with joy in our hearts – glad to be sad!   What a strange conflict of emotions, you may say  ………… Well, read on! Some years ago – at the height…read article

Annual Christmas Lunch

11th December 2020

On Tuesday 8th December the school gathered in prayer to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Fr Shane Daly SJ celebrated Mass at 10.45 a.m. from the Sports Hall where Syntax students were present. Other year groups gathered in five other locations throughout the school to take part in the liturgy as it was…read article

Fine Art Exhibition – Online Store Now Open

2nd December 2020

Since 2006 the Clongowes Ladies Association have been organising an art exhibition in the College as a fundraiser to support the AHP Bursary Programme in the school. Over the years the Association have exhibited the work of students and relations of the students together with the work of OC’s and their parents and relations. This is…read article

Waiting in Faith and Hope for Love

29th November 2020

I am always struck by the traditional cartoon in the media at the end of December as we look forward to the “new” year. Exiting stage left we see an ancient stooped and bearded figure carrying a sickle – and entering stage right a “bonny” smiling babe. The message seems to be always the same…read article

Wellness Day – Nov 2020

26th November 2020

Our annual ‘Wellness Day’ took place on Wednesday 25th November. The Amber Flag Committee made up of staff and students worked very hard behind the scenes to make this an enjoyable event for all the Clongowes community. The Pieta Amber Flag Initiative recognises the individual efforts of primary and secondary schools, youth reach, third level…read article

Remembrance Mass 2020

18th November 2020

The Annual Remembrance Mass for deceased Old Clongownians, members of staff and Jesuits of Clongowes took place on Sunday, November 15th in the Sports Hall. The Mass was streamed live online to families past and present, and friends of the College.  A candle was brought to the altar to record the passing of each of…read article

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