Forty Years A-Twinning

20th April 2021

40th Anniversary of the Twinning of Portora Royal School and Clongowes Wood College 1980-2020   An Old Clongownian remembers[1] My family used to go to Donegal for holidays in the years after WWII and we had to pass through Enniskillen on the last stage of the journey from Belfast. As you leave the town driving…read more

You Can Show No Greater Love

8th April 2021

The Gospel of the Mass on Holy Thursday, celebrating the Institution of the Eucharist – is St John’s account of the Last Supper. He, alone of all the Evangelists, does not record Christ’s words This is My Body – this is My Blood. Rather does he concentrate on what Jesus did in the symbolism of…read more

Cake For Crumlin 2021

23rd March 2021

Since 2014, Aran Mc Mahon (OC ’88), of Mayo’s Rua Cafe and Delicatessen,  has helped the boys of successive TY years put together an annual concourse Bake Sale to raise funds for the Duck Push and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.  Aran and Rua head baker Derek Gallagher, (whose own son Daniel has benefited…read more

Standing in the Strength of Silence

19th March 2021

Next week will see the beginning of the Easter Holidays – and, on this coming Sunday, what used to be called Passiontide begins. It is a period of two weeks leading to the Holy Week Triduum – the three days when the Church celebrates the Last Supper and the Passion and Death of Christ –…read more

Duck Push 2021

12th March 2021

Clongowes Duck Push 2021 is the continuation of a 27-year long tradition of fundraising by the Transition Year students at Clongowes. The boys aim to raise funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital in the spirit of ‘Kids Helping Kids’. The Duck Push are delighted to announce that this year we have set a target of €40,000…read more

Virtual Open Evening

11th March 2021

Join us on March 25th at 6.30 pm for a Virtual Open Evening at Clongowes. Our virtual Open Evening offers both students and parents the opportunity to learn more about the many facets of life at Clongowes such as, our approach to teaching and learning, our ethos, boarding life, sporting and co-curricular opportunities, and lots…read more

SciFest at Clongowes

3rd March 2021

On behalf of the Science Department, we are delighted to share the results of our 4th Annual SciFest@Clongowes which featured entries from both Elements and Syntax students.  Although the boys are learning from home right now, our science teachers were very keen that students didn’t miss out on being part of SciFest this year, so…read more

Elements Virtual Art Exhibition

26th February 2021

Our Elements Virtual Art Exhibition is now live and we would like to thank all of those who took part and helped in making it a possibility.  The boys were tasked with choosing a tree on the grounds of the College to study and draw. Mrs Brennan, their teacher noted that ‘they paid particular attention…read more

OCs Pave The Way For a Greener Future

22nd February 2021

We caught up with four OCs who graduated from Clongowes in 2017,  Liam Lysaght, Marc Bollée, Harry Jankola & Rory McMahon, who are behind a novel new company called FiltraCycle to talk to them about their business, how these former classmates started working together and what the future holds for FiltraCycle. FiltraCycle is an Irish…read more

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown”.

19th January 2021

The King’s Speech is a very well-known film which was a huge success when first produced in 2010. It tells the story of King George VI’s struggle to overcome a stammer which presented a problem for public speaking. The climax of the film comes as he addresses his subjects across the world in the British…read more

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