Expectant waiting and preparation

11th December 2013

Last Wednesday, 4th of December we held our annual Advent Reconciliation Service. Under the careful direction and management of our Liturgical Director, Mr. Cyril Murphy this Advent service proved both prayerful and enjoyable for the students. The Boys’ Chapel was set up in a welcoming manner appropriate to this time of expectant waiting and preparation for…read more

Formal education does more harm than good

10th December 2013

On the 21st of November, Conor Murray, Sam Powell, and Louis Gunning (above) from Poetry represented Clongowes in the third round of the ‘Rigby-Jones Memorial’ Debating Competition. Named after the late industrialist Michael Rigby-Jones, the competition attracts teams from all over the county, including Clongowes.  This year the event was hosted in Clongowes with three…read more

A Clongownian’s war on TV3 tonight

9th December 2013

2014 sees the centenary of the birth of a remarkable Clongownian, Doctor Aidan MacCarthy (OC 1930), from Castletownbere on the Beara peninsula in West Cork. He was remarkable for many reasons – as a doctor, as an Air Commodore in the RAF during the Second World War, as a survivor of the harshest of regimes in…read more


7th December 2013

On Sunday November 17th , 40 students forsook the late Sunday call and gathered for early-morning Mass and breakfast to allow for a swift 9am departure from the college for a day of adrenaline-filled adventure at Zip-It in Lough Key, Co. Roscommon. Elements students, Theo McGirr & Mark O’Loan take up the story… “Zip-It is…read more

Haiyan Disaster Appeal – Philippines

6th December 2013

In the immediate aftermath of the Typhoon Haiyan Disaster in the Philippines the Rector, Fr Michael Sheil SJ, launched an appeal for relief funds from the wider Clongowes family. Fr Sheil writes to say that the response has been staggering with €176,148.84 received to date from a wide variety of contributors. The success of the…read more

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and Music!

4th December 2013

The Parents’ Association cordially invites you to celebrate the Christmas season with mulled wine and mince pies before the Christmas Concert on Sunday 8th December at 17.00 (concert at 18.00). This traditional event has been a feature of the Clongowes calendar for many years and is an opportunity to appreciate the talents and hardwork of…read more

Nothing to commemorate in 1916?

3rd December 2013

Nigh on one hundred and seventy seven years have passed since Daniel O’Connell founded a debating society in Clongowes in an Ireland that had yet to experience the trauma of the Great Famine. John Maher (Elements) had been in the school (in a very different Ireland) for less than three months when he encountered the…read more

Old Clongownians light up the small screen

2nd December 2013

Following on the extraordinary success of the Rhetoric drama, ‘The Last Confession’ it seems only fitting that we acknowledge those who have taken their thespian talents beyond the Clongowes theatre.  Having considered several past-pupils who appeared throughout RTE’s fine crime drama Love/Hate in recent weeks, we now look beyond our shores and find two Old…read more

Elements Choir strike the right note in Drogheda

29th November 2013

The Elements Choir, along with their teachers Ms. Anne Conaghan and Ms Elizabeth Keighary, travelled to Co Louth on Wednesday, 20th November to take part in the Drogheda Youth Choral Festival, in an effort to return the Fr. O’Kelly Trophy to Clongowes Wood College, following the success of their Elemental predecessors in 2012. Ms Conaghan takes up…read more

Tim Pat Coogan visits Clongowes

28th November 2013

When Mr.Rochford told the 6th year history class that we would be receiving a talk by Tim Pat Coogan, the reaction was mixed. Some were amazed that he, being a Blackrock man, would actually come and speak to us, some were looking forward to an enjoyable talk, while others saw it as an opportunity to…read more

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