Elements go North

26th January 2015

Elements Belfast Tour On a cold and icy Monday morning just last week 65 Elements boys awoke from our slumbers at dawn, buzzing with the excitement of the week to come. As we gathered for Morning Prayer the rest of the school looked down with envy on us as we prepared to depart for Belfast….read more

Gary skis for Ireland

22nd January 2015

It will come as no surprise to regular readers of this Clongowes Digest and the college website to learn that Gary Skinner (Syntax) has been chosen to be a member of team Ireland taking part in the 2015 Winter European Youth Olympic Festival in Vorarlberg (Austria) and Lichtenstein between 24th and 31st January 2015. Gary…read more

Under the Influence

20th January 2015

Learning to Love the World as God Does A lecture by Dr David Tuohy SJ on Jesuit Humanism in Education and a major exhibition entitled In the Spirit of the Saints: the Jesuit Influence on Baroque Art will mark the end of a series of events to mark the Jesuit Restoration (1814-2014) organised by the Irish…read more

Senior Cup Success

19th January 2015

Although soccer in Clongowes is now one of the little brothers of the oval ball game, there was a time when it reigned supreme. It was first introduced to the school shortly after the amalgamation with Tullabeg in 1886 and notable participants included Oliver St John Gogarty (the Buck Mulligan of James Joyce’s Ulysses) and…read more


16th January 2015

Inter-schools 5th Year Library Quiz Five students from Poetry did an excellent job representing the school at the Inter-school Library Quiz held at Sandford Park on Jan 15th. This is an annual event for 5th year students, initiated originally by Ms Aileen Ivory, Librarian at Alexandra College. Over the years a number of personalities have…read more

Another Milestone for Jack

14th January 2015

The European Cross Country Championships held in the Bulgarian mountain resort of Sarakov last month marked another milestone in the promising athletic career of Poetry student Jack O’Leary. Following a medal winning performance at the All Ireland Club Cross Country in November (pictured above), Jack secured his berth on the Irish team. What makes this…read more

Orchestral Manoeuvres

12th January 2015

Mark Thomas, Sang Gyu Park, Darren Cormican, Conor Breslin, Robbie White, Mrs. Theresa Thomas, Cormac Hegarty, James Collins Caffrey, Marcus Jankola, Mr. Philip Thomas (behind), Rhys Hylle, Cathal Duffy (behind), Mr. Niall Leahy, Mr. Noel Mason. On Tuesday the 6th of January eight Rhetoric Orchestral musicians and two Elements Schola singers, accompanied by Mr and…read more

Clongowes Young Scientists

7th January 2015

Following on from last year’s mathematical modelling project Tim Burke and Daniel Kilmartin (Poetry) decided to enter the BT Young Scientist Competition with a mathematical modelling solution to the problem of optimising airline-overbooking strategies. Tim and Daniel have produced a very elegant solution to this problem, which establishes precisely the percentage of seats by which…read more

Grammar Parent Day

5th January 2015

Creating Resilience in Families This year, the Grammar Parent Day will take place next Sunday 11th January 2015. Dr Fergus Heffernan a Clinical Psychologist, with an MSc in Family Therapies, and a PHD in Neuro Science (pictured here speaking at the Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth) will be our speaker. Dr Heffernan has spent almost 35…read more

Rolling back the years video

4th January 2015

Last May, exactly two hundred years after the arrival of the first student in Clongowes, a host of students, parents, staff, members of the Jesuit Community, past pupils and guests – many in period dress – assembled before the castle to witness and participate in a pageant to commemorate the arrival of the first Jesuits…read more

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