Cultural - Clongowes Wood College

Model UN

22nd March 2024

In February a group of Transition Year students took part in the Model UN event at Wesley College, Dublin.  Student, Jack Reams shared his experiences of the 2 day Model UN. “On the 23rd of February a group of students including myself embarked on a journey we will never forget by attending the annual Model…read article

Frances Kelly’s ‘Pieta’ painting celebrated at Clongowes

19th December 2023

The Importance of Giving A celebration of those who have given to Clongowes past and present took place on Sunday 10th December at Clongowes as part of our annual Mass of Thanksgiving for Benefactors.  The role of giving has always been of great importance in the story of Clongowes allowing the school to develop and…read article

Captivated by Storyteller Niall de Burca!

23rd October 2022

Renowned storyteller Niall de Burca captivated, thrilled and scared our Third Line students on Thursday evening, Oct 21st.  In Room 3 drawn curtains and muted lighting, with low level spotlights, set the atmosphere. But it was De Burca’s sonorous voice and hypnotic presence that transported the boys from Clongowes to the realms of other worlds,…read article

Art Students’ Laudato Si Mural

20th May 2022

Clongowes Transition Year art students Eoin, Benedikt, Alfonso, Javier, Cyril, Liam, Daniel & Allen undertook the grand task of painting a Laudoto Si mural in the Irish Jesuits International Garden in Dublin earlier this month. The students worked with Syrian fine artist, Manar Al-Shouha, to commission a mural of their design to represent Laudoto Si,…read article

Academy – The Military/Political Genius of Napoleon Bonaparte

6th May 2022

  Last week saw Toby Griffin deliver the final Academy of the school year.  It was only fitting that the Academy 2021/2022 was brought to a close by its standing President.   Toby began by thanking the students and staff members with special mention to Fr Michael Sheil SJ and Fr Barney McGukian SJ from…read article

Academy – “Robert Mugabe: Liberator or Destroyer?”.

29th April 2022

On Thursday 7th of April, James Wyse took to the Academy stage with a fascinating and detailed presentation entitled “Robert Mugabe: Liberator or Destroyer?”. James provided an in-depth profile on the Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician, Robert Mugabe, in terms, not only, of the historical record, but also the toll ‘the colonialist mentality’ took on the…read article

Academy – The Flame of the French Resistance in WW2

25th March 2022

On Tuesday 22nd March the Academy returned with a very interesting paper from Benoit Clarke (Poetry) entitled: The Flame of the French resistance in WW2  To remind those that may be unfamiliar with the Academy:  The Academy was set up by Fr Hilary Lawton SJ, Prefect of Studies, back in the 1950s as a modern-day…read article

Academy – Famine: Bengal & Ireland Compared

13th February 2022

On Tuesday 8th March, Georóid Ryan, delivered his Academy presentation entitled: ‘Famine:Bengal & Ireland Compared‘.  It’s clear that Georóid’s research for his Academy was extensive, detailing the origins and impacts of two tragic world events and exploring those aspects that are mirrored across both. To provide some background on The Clongowes Academy for those that…read article

At School Together in Conmee’s Time

7th February 2022

To mark the 140th anniversary of the birth of James Joyce, Fr Bruce Bradley SJ shares an insight into life at Clongowes during Joyce’s time at the school: James Joyce was a student at Clongowes Wood College near Clane, in Co. Kildare, for three years and a term, from the autumn of 1888 until just…read article

Academy: A Northern Identity Crisis – a view from a mixed up Ulsterman

6th February 2022

On Tuesday, Henry McCallum took to the Academy stage; the first of the Poetry Academy members this year to present to the assembled staff and students. To provide some background on The Clongowes Academy for those that are unfamiliar:  The Academy was set up by Fr Hilary Lawton, Prefect of Studies, back in the 1950s…read article

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