A pilgrimage of trust on earth

1st May 2014

The annual Easter pilgrimage to Taizé in France took place over Holy Week, and once again it proved to be a time and place wherein the students from Poetry took the opportunity to deepen their faith and live a life of simplicity, prayer and community along with about 5,000 other young people from all over…read more

A Cultural Symphony

29th April 2014

On next Saturday (May 3rd) at 14.30 The Eichendorff School Orchestra from Germany (below), St. Joseph’s Senior National School Band under the Ballymun Music Programme with conductor Ron Cooney and The Orchestra of Clongowes Wood College with conductor Philip Thomas will present a cultural symphony in the Boys’ Chapel. The Concert is expected to run…read more

A Clongownian at Westminster

10th April 2014

The hearts of Clongownians worldwide will have beaten a little faster and their pulses quickened last Tuesday as President Michael D Higgins mentioned one of our alumni, Tom Kettle (OC 1897), when he became the first Irish head of state to address members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords in the…read more

A positive transition

4th April 2014

Congratulations are due to all involved in the recent Transition Year inspection and most especially to the TY coordinator, Mr. Paul McCormack, who has put so much effort into the management of the programme. Speaking after the conclusion of the inspection, Mr McCormack was quick to acknowledge the debt he (and we) owe to his…read more

Our friends in the North: Portora return

2nd April 2014

Before Christmas students and staff from Clongowes visited Portora Royal School in Enniskillen for Remembrance Day (see http://localhost:8080/?p=3250). Last month (March 9th and 10th) Portora returned the favour when a group of staff and students paid a visit down south. Accompanied by Ms Janet Goodall, Ms Sally Rees and Rev Kenny Hall, the celebrations began…read more

The man who married a mountain

31st March 2014

The exotically named (and eccentric) Comte Henry Patrick Marie Russell-Killough (OC 1852), one of our more intriguing Old Clongownians, came from a long lineage associated with Killough Castle in Co Down and was known as the Baron of Ulster. Russell spent several years of his early adulthood travelling extensively around the world before returning to…read more

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