An Oldest Clongownian

12th June 2018

Clongowes Wood College wishes Dr Diarmuid O’Driscoll (pictured in the middle) every happiness on this his 100th birthday. Diarmuid came to Clongowes in 1930 and was happy to avail of the NUI matriculation in 1935 to leave at the end of Poetry and to study medicine without having to sit his Leaving Certificate. In those days,…read more

Reflect and Recharge

8th June 2018

Time to Reflect and Recharge It is high summer here in Clongowes: sunlight streams through the windows and the classrooms and galleries lie silent. Yet this silence masks the activity taking place in the examination centres where the boys of Rhetoric and Grammar are tackling the Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations. For the sixth year…read more

Ducks Hit The Road

6th June 2018

On Wednesday June 6th, while many of their schoolmates commenced the Junior and Leaving Certificate Examinations, some 30 students from Clongowes assembled at Crumlin Children’s Hospital to start pushing two eight foot high yellow ducks from Dublin to Limerick for charity. The students at Clongowes first started pushing ducks along the 200km route in 1994…read more

A Farewell to Teaching

6th June 2018

On Wednesday, 30th May Mr Declan O’Keeffe taught his last class in Clongowes Wood College having taught his first in September 1981. Before he left Declan addressed the staff and pupils at the final assembly of the year… I first came to work in Clongowes Wood College in a previous century before any of the current…read more

Foundations of Hope

4th June 2018

Hope Foundation – Kolkata: ‘City Of Joy’ Just before Easter six Transition Year students along with Mr Noel Murray and Old Clongownian, Pyers O’Connor Nash (OC’69) set off for Kolkata, India – ‘The City of Joy’ – as part of the HOPE Foundation trip. The purpose of the trip was to visit and engage with…read more

Union Day 2018

30th May 2018

Union Day is one of the great traditions that have helped to make Clongowes what it is and has been gracing the grounds of the old Castle Browne for well over a century, ever since the first event on June 5th 1898. While the attendees in this fourth year of our third century may not have…read more

Duck Push Raffle

28th May 2018

Union Day Duck Push Raffle Congratulations to the winners of the Union Day Raffle: Featherblade Restaurant Voucher for two courtesy Mr. Paul McVeigh won by Ms Grainne Kennan Union Day hamper ( Clongowes jute bag , crested rugby ball, golf balls, umbrella, two bottles of wine ) won by Dean McGuinness Signed books by Robert…read more

Duck Push Shop

26th May 2018

As Union Day 2018 approaches  students in Syntax / Transition Year are getting their Duck Push Shop ready. It will be located in the marquee in front of the 1929 building. We have a stock of redesigned old favourites such as the crested Rhino rugby ball (€20), good for a post lunch pass around. There…read more

Golf Classic

26th May 2018

Duck Push Golf Classic The planning for the 2018 Duck Push Golf Classic started in early January. Transition Year is a very busy year for exchanges and work experience so different people were asked to step in to help with the many different jobs that had to be done. We worked about 2-3 hours a…read more

The Beautiful Game

24th May 2018

Staff v Students Soccer Last week saw 67 Rhetoric students take a break from their books to venture against a very prominent Magistri side in this years annual Staff v Students soccer game. Rhetoric had a lot on their shoulders if they were to live up to the display shown by their immediate predecessors, the first…read more

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