Rugby Festival Highlights

16th December 2014

As the trophy sat proudly beside the new Oval Pitch, it seemed destined to find its long-term residency in the castle behind it. Alas, it was not to be.  The spectacular piece will instead make its way to Ailesbury Road, having been clinched by St. Michael’s with a narrow 3-0 victory over close rivals Blackrock…read more

Brendan Campbell RIP

15th December 2014

We have just heard the sad news of the death of Brendan Campbell, former Physics teacher in Clongowes (1955-1996) following a long illness. Brendan will be remembered fondly by several generations of Old Clongownians as an inspirational teacher and thorough gentleman. Brendan (or ‘Bolly’ as he was known to his charges) took pride in being…read more

Reading Challenge

11th December 2014

There is a hunger for reading in Elements as shown by the number of students who were presented with a Reading Challenge Certificate yesterday morning by the Headmaster, Fr Moloney S.J. Over half of Elements students took on a challenge to read four books by four different authors. From a reading list that included titles…read more

Christmas Magic

9th December 2014

If, as Forrest Gump suggested, life is like a box of chocolates, then Sunday’s Christmas Concert in the Boys’ Chapel was a smorgasbord of magical auditory delights (Click on the purple texts below for some highlights). Compacted into a two-hour feast, we were treated to glorious voices, such as the memorable solo performance by Hugo…read more

When in Rome…

5th December 2014

Discupulos Pontemque Cano: A Journey to Ancient Rome It was 4am on a Friday morning and ten intrepid (if somewhat sleepy) Latin students, led by their magister, Mr. Adam Conry and assisted by Messrs Stephen O’Hara and Tom Carroll, began their long journey to the land of myth and legend: Rome. After arriving in the…read more

High Jinks in Study

3rd December 2014

One of the boys having succeeded in capturing a cockerel smuggled the bird into evening study… The original Study Hall/Refectory block was built between 1818 and 1820 during the Rectorship of Fr Charles Aylmer, whose family lived nearby at Painstown House. The study hall formed the top storey of a large two-storey building, the ground…read more

Cross-Country Success

1st December 2014

Cross Country Update – The Three Counties League The Clongowes athletics team began their exceptional campaign earlier in the year at Knockbeg College. Our valiant squad would be competing in the Three Counties League, where approximately 35 schools from all across Carlow, Kildare and Laois contest to be champions. This annual event allows schools to…read more

Kids helping kids

28th November 2014

Kids helping kids: 21 years of pushing ducks… Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin provides care and attention for some of Ireland’s sickest children. Taking part in the Duck Push is an essential part of the Transition Year programme here in Clongowes raising much-needed funds for this cause. The entire year group comes together and helps…read more


27th November 2014

Clongowes on Nationwide last Friday Looking back a over a wealth of history spanning 200 years, Clongowes Wood College in Clane, Co. Kildare is celebrating and reminiscing with a full calendar of events for its bicentenary. Since 1814, it has remained an all boys, 7 day Jesuit boarding school and through the years has produced leaders…read more

Past v Present Debate

26th November 2014

Past pupils, parents, staff and guests attended the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Debate in the new Music Performing Centre on the evening of Friday 7th November 2014. This special bicentenary celebration of debating in Clongowes was contested by two teams each comprised of two O.C.s and two present pupils. Chairing the debate was Mr. John Bruton…read more

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