7th May 2013

May Day, Wednesday 1st saw we hope the start of a new annual event for the college – The CWC Table Quiz run by The Ladies Association. The evening was a tremendous success in many ways. There were up to 200 highly competitive people in the Boys Ref., including members of the catering and teaching…read more


4th May 2013

On the 6th of April 2013 eight lads from Transition Year set out to climb Croagh Patrick barefooted in aid of the Duck Push. We were inspired by my uncle who suggested that we should do something challenging and different so we put our heads together and, after ruling out the ideas like skydiving and…read more


4th May 2013

Last Friday evening (26th April), in the Jesuit Community Library, members of the Clongowes and Portora Unions, members of staff and, most especially, this year’s entrants for the Beckett-Joyce Award assembled to hear the adjudication of Ms. Mary O’Donnell. Mary O’Donnell is the author of six poetry collections and was recently the co-winner of the…read more


4th May 2013

On the 19th April, I was privileged to take a group of CWC parents on a day retreat to Glendalough. I composed the retreat around the theme of the Road to Emmaus. I thought this appropriate, not just because we would be hiking, but we are also still in the Easter Season and this is a…read more

Retirement of Mr Martin Nugent

2nd May 2013

At a Board of Management meeting held last Friday, April 19th Mr Martin Nugent announced that he will be retiring as Assistant Headmaster of Clongowes this summer. On Monday morning, at meetings with staff and also at a special assembly with the boys Mr Nugent informed the school community of the news. At each gathering…read more

Students and Servants

30th April 2013

On the 31st of March a group from Clongowes began the school’s sixth Immersion trip to Malealea, Lesotho. Before the flight had even taken off we experienced our first mishap as a passport belonging to one of the boys had mysteriously gone missing only to be found in a bin a very short time before…read more


30th April 2013

As the warm April sunshine filtered through the stained glass windows of the Boys’ Chapel, the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet delighted an audience of approximately one hundred music students from the College. The students were treated to an unusually wide and varied programme encompassing almost all genres of the string quartet repertoire. The Vanbrugh Quartet,…read more

The Rollercoaster Ride of the Teenage Years

24th April 2013

On Wednesday 17th April, the Annual Parents’ Association ‘Question & Answers’ evening took place in the school. This year’s theme was ‘The Rollercoaster Ride of the Teenage Years’ and we were very fortunate to hear two outstanding speakers. Professor Fiona McNicholas, Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, addressed issues of significance during adolescent development and…read more

Liturgy Survey

23rd April 2013

During the academic year 2011/12 the College commissioned a survey on attitudes towards mass from the boys. This was as a result of a perceived negativity around the Sunday mass experience and the obligatory nature of their ‘involvement’ in it. The survey was carried out during March 2012, prior to the move to celebrating Sunday…read more

Storytelling Evening

16th April 2013

On Wed April 10th storyteller Niall de Burca returned to the school to entertain the Third Line. The event took place in the Higher Line Rec Room where we drew the curtains on the evening light and huddled forward towards de Burca’s enchanting voice. For many present it was their first time to fall under…read more

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