Clongowes vs France

4th October 2015

The hearts of Clongownians worldwide will have beaten a little faster and their pulses quickened yesterday (Sunday 11th) as they watched Rob Kearney (OC’04) and his brother Dave (OC’07) represent their country in the D decider against France in the Rugby World Cup – Rob at full back and Dave on the wing. Neither player…read more

Mr Bowen to the rescue

3rd October 2015

In the end it came down to the last race on the card and Mr Bowen (something of a dark horse himself) did not disappoint. Steered home by the youthful but talented Pat Taaffe (Rudiments) he secured the win needed by Team Ireland to take victory in the third running of the Shergar Cup of horse and…read more

Playing for charity

2nd October 2015

Last Thursday, The Clongowes Trad group, led by Mrs and Mr Heslin, was warmly welcomed to the head offices of Trócaire in Maynooth to participate in the launch of the annual music event for charity ‘Trad for Trócaire’. There was a brief presentation by Trocaire’s Community fundraising officer, Katie Bolger on the work that that…read more

Parents’/Ladies’ Associations

1st October 2015

The AGM of the Parents’ Association is scheduled for next Sunday 4th October at 6.15pm. That same afternoon at 4.45pm, Ireland play Italy in the Rugby World Cup and the match will probably not be over until about 6.25pm. In addition – due to Mr. Frank Kelly’s letter circularised to us all by email last…read more

Reading Path to Empathy

30th September 2015

 A small selection of our collection that will help to develop empathy. ‘The Guardian’  recently published Lost for words? How reading can teach children empathy an article by Miranda McKearney and Sarah Mears. It highlights the importance of reading for children in relation to developing empathy.  Reading stories allow young people to explore the feelings and…read more

A Match of Two Halves

28th September 2015

Present v Past Golf The 33rd playing of the Present v Past Golf Challenge for the Union Golf Society Shield took place on the Clongowes Course on Sunday 20th September. Organizer extraordinaire and Captain (OC’78) Ambrose O’Sullivan, with a combination of veteran experience [1963 to 2014] and youth development saw his Past team build up…read more

Pat Taaffe and Shergar

24th September 2015

This Saturday, 26th September Pat Taaffe (Rudiments – pictured above winning the Dingle Derby) will represent his country when ten Irish riders take on their British counterparts in the third running of the Shergar Cup of horse and pony racing in Ashbourne, Co Dublin at 13.15. This news will come as no surprise to those…read more

Citius, Altius, Fortius

22nd September 2015

Despite the absence of anything even resembling an Indian summer this month, the athletics track and ancillary field event locations were primed in preparation for Sports Day yesterday (Monday, 21st September). By lunchtime, however, the clear skies had opted to take up residence farther afield with local areas subject to flash flooding. Amazingly, Clongowes somehow managed…read more

Clongownians at the RWC

18th September 2015

The hearts of Clongownians worldwide will have beaten a little faster and their pulses quickened this morning at the news that Rob Kearney (OC’04) and his brother Dave (OC’07) have been selected to play in Ireland’s opening Rugby World Cup match with Canada on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff (kick-off 2.30pm) – Rob…read more

Lourdes Pilgrimage

14th September 2015

On Monday September 7th, five Rhetoric students, Daniel Lane, Michael Stapleton,  Conor Slattery, Joseph Martin and Thomas Blake (above), accompanied by Australian GAP student Patrick Sunderland and Mr Francis Marron set off for Lourdes as part of the Dublin Diocesan Annual Pilgrimage. The boys were working with over 170 sixth year students from all over the Dublin diocese…read more

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