The Gollymocky Whalers

16th October 2020

Pictured from left to right: Joseph O’Sullivan (’85), Marcus Keane (’89), Dave Lane (’85), Conor Halpenny (’83),Ken Barry (’86), Adam Mac Nulty (’88),Ambrose O’Sullivan (’78), Jonathan White (’86), Hugo Mac Nulty (’99), Colin Rafferty (’85), Gary McCarthy (’87), Johnnie Mullan (’93), Rob Downes (’96), Frank Kelly (’85), Stephen FitzPatrick (’93), James Keane (’99), Maeliosa Power…read more

Eric Donovan TY Visit

15th October 2020

Our Transition Year students donned their virtual gloves on September 25th as they welcomed the arrival of professional boxer Eric Donovan for a socially distanced sparring session.  Eric, a native of Athy in our home county of Kildare is a former five-time Irish Amateur Champion and twice European Championship bronze medalist. While in the professional…read more

Clongowes Foundation 15 Year Anniversary

12th October 2020

The end of 2019 marked the 15 Year anniversary of the creation of the Clongowes Wood College Foundation.  Those fifteen years have been an extraordinarily active period for the Foundation as it worked together with the management and the board of the School to renew and expand the campus and to extend access, through the…read more

Live Broadcast of Sunday Mass

2nd October 2020

Apart but in Communion This coming Sunday the 4th October will see an important and innovative step forward for liturgy in Clongowes when we broadcast our first television Mass from the Sports Hall in Clongowes. Borne out of a desire to somehow continue experiencing our communal gathering for Sunday Eucharist and yet restricted to staying…read more

Tantalus in Cold Storage

23rd September 2020

There are many cautionary tales abounding from classical times – as relationships among the gods [way-up-there!] worked out in their lives in a very human way – and also in human and divine interaction. The lives of the gods mirrored those of humans – or was it vice versa?! – for all the panoply of…read more

Thalassa! Thalassa!

30th August 2020

 To horse! To horse!  And here we are only a mere week away from reaching home-port – or should that read starting-post …… at last!  But why, you may ask – that title ? …..ans. = Xenophon. In the 5th/4th centuries B.C. there lived a very remarkable person – a philosopher – a soldier –…read more

A Message from The Headmaster

25th June 2020

It is 50 years to the day that Fr Michael Sheil SJ was ordained as a Jesuit priest.  This is a remarkable milestone and those – very many – of us who have had the great pleasure of knowing Michael, whether for just a few or for all of these years, know how fully he…read more

25.06.1970 For the past, Thanks! – For the future, Yes! 25.06.2020

25th June 2020

Dag Hammarksjold – the second Sec.Gen. of the UN from 1953 to 1961 –  died in a plane crash in Zambia while trying to negotiate peace in a civil war in the Congo. He was a Swedish Lutheran – and was an economist and diplomat – described as an intensely dedicated public servant – who…read more

Times Old and New

18th June 2020

Ireland now stands in imminent danger. If Popery succeeds – our fairest plains will once more witness days worthy to rank with those of Bloody Mary – and the Walls of Derry shall again become the lamentable bulwark against Popish treachery and massacre! Strong words of alarm there! Strong words indeed! …….. the tocsin was…read more

Go! Spread the Good News – even to the ends of the earth – and I will be with you! [Matt.28:19]

9th June 2020

In the mid-1980s – for a sabbatical year – I volunteered for the Jesuit Refugee Service – founded a few years previously by our then Fr General [now Servant of God] Pedro Arrupe. I found myself assigned to Port Sudan – to an educational project for Ethiopian Refugees run by the Comboni Missionaries. The capital,…read more

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