John Redmond (1856-1918)

7th March 2018

By far the most famous Old Clongownian in 1914, when the school was a mere century old, was John Redmond MP, who died 100 years ago on March 6th 1918. Redmond was the guest speaker on Union Day that year (above), when it appeared that he was about to become the first Prime Minister of Home…read more

Macbeth Reimagined

5th March 2018

Just before the snows came and made our best-laid schemes ‘gang agley’, Poetry visited the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin for a production of Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy Macbeth, courtesy of generous sponsorship from the Parents’ Association. ‘The Scottish Play’, as it is often dubbed by superstitious actors, dramatises the damaging physical and psychological effects of…read more

The Dead of Winter

3rd March 2018

‘Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland.’ With these words James Joyce, arguably our most famous past pupil, commenced the conclusion to The Dead, arguably his most famous short story. With its themes of love and loss, the tale of Gabriel Conroy (based on Con Curran, Joyce’s schoolmate in Belvedere) makes for poignant…read more

A Champion at the Front

3rd March 2018

Although Fr Willie Doyle SJ (1873-1917) was not educated at Clongowes Wood College, he was distinctly Clongownian in nature. Our annual journal, ‘The Clongownian’ exists because of him, as he was its founder and first editor. He also argued successfully for the proposal to establish the Clongowes Union… Saturday 3rd March marks the birthday anniversary…read more

Hope Springs Eternal

1st March 2018

Later this month (on Thursday 15th March) seven Transition Year students along with Mr Noel Murray and Old Clongownian, Pyers O’Connor Nash (OC’69) will set off for Kolkata ‘The City of Joy’ as part of the HOPE Foundation trip. The purpose of this trip is to visit and engage with students who are in HOPE centres…read more

Courage and Determination

27th February 2018

Belvedere College 26 Clongowes Wood College 7 The highest decoration given on Union Day in Clongowes is the Aloysius Award, named in honour of our patron, St Aloysius Gonzaga. The accolade is given for, inter alia, ‘courage and determination in personal and communal life – for development of character [and] placing his talents at the…read more

Duck Push Golf Classic – May 2018

25th February 2018

As part of our fund raising campaign for the Clongowes Duck Push the students of Syntax are organising the Duck Push Golf Classic at the K-Club in Straffan Co. Kildare on Wednesday 16th May. There are places for up to 25 teams, each consisting of 4 golfers, to take part in this special annual event…read more

Cyclone Strikes Clongowes

23rd February 2018

No need to panic or run for cover, this is not an early stage of the anticipated ‘Beast from the East’ (Storm Emma), expected next week – it’s just the return of our old friends from the Cork based Cyclone Repertory company who have returned to Clongowes to entertain the Transition Year boys while also educating…read more

Seniors Go Down Fighting

21st February 2018

St Michael’s College 22 Clongowes Wood College 13 It seems a long time ago now since Rory Delap addressed the school at Morning Prayer on the first day of spring as the Senior Team prepared to face old rivals, King’s Hospital, in their first senior cup match. Rory exhorted the boys to give of their…read more

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

19th February 2018

On February 19th, Clongowes chemistry students participated in the RSC ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ workshop with Dr. John O’Donoghue from the Royal Society of Chemistry and a team of three TCD postgraduates from Trinity College Dublin. Using a forensic themed ‘Whodunit’ scenario, students were given a fascinating insight into the world spectroscopy and its applications….read more

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