Cycling to Lesotho

22nd January 2018

On Sunday 14th January people passing through the concourse in Clongowes on their way to Mass may have been surprised to see two cyclists on the road in their midst. The onlookers might well have asked themselves: Where on earth are they off to? They would have been even more surprised to learn that they were cycling from…read more

Finding God in the Mocks

20th January 2018

On the morning of the first day of the Mock Exams in Clongowes the Assistant Headmaster, Mr Martin Wallace, addressed the boys at Morning Prayer to encourage them to approach the tests in a positive frame of mind… Today is the second day of Christian Unity Week and we include in our prayers a desire…read more

New Coaches-in-Charge

18th January 2018

In line with our strategic development of Sport in Clongowes, the Headmaster, Mr Lumb has confirmed the appointment of a number of ‘Coaches-in-Charge’ of individual sporting disciplines to new positions of responsibility, working under the direction of our Director of Sport, Mr John O’Donoghue. The new appointees are: Athletics: Mr Shane Heslin Soccer: Mr Noel…read more

Vinny Murray Pitch

16th January 2018

There was a lot of emotion and no little joy in Clongowes when our newly laid all-weather pitch was re-opened on Saturday (13th January). The state-of-the-art facility was blessed by the Rector, Fr Michael Sheil SJ before the purple- ribbon was cut by our four most recent rugby internationals, Gordon D’Arcy, Rob and Dave Kearney,…read more

John Paul II Awards

14th January 2018

Just before Christmas (Wednesday, 6th December) fifteen 5th Year students attended the John Paul Second awards ceremony in St Peter and Paul’s church in Portlaoise. The Pope John Paul II Award encourages participants to take an active part in the life of their Church: in the life of their community and society. It enables young…read more

Living Like the French

12th January 2018

Ruairi O’Regan, Finn Adams and Pat Taaffe  of Transition Year have just returned to Clongowes following a sojourn in our fellow Jesuit school, St. Marie La Grand’Grange in Saint Chamond (near St. Etienne). While there the boys were interviewed for a local newspaper on what it’s like living the French way… ‘We’re living like the…read more

Alumnus of the Year

10th January 2018

The Clongowes Alumnus of the Year Award recognises outstanding Old Clongownians who are one or more of the following: Inspirational Transformational Socially responsible Innovative Entrepreneurial Outstanding in their chosen area Fr. Peter McVerry SJ (OC ’62) was the inaugural recipient of the Clongowes Alumnus of the Year Award in 2015. Fr McVerry emphasised that he was…read more

Leaning in and Letting Go

8th January 2018

This morning our Pastoral Co-Ordinator, Ms Anne Marie Dolan led the first Morning Prayer of 2018… ‘For many of us a new year is an invitation to say good bye to what has been and look forward to what will be. It is also a chance to make those “new year resolutions”. From a spiritual…read more

Rhetoric Parent Day

6th January 2018

Rhetoric Parent Day will take place on next Sunday 14th January 2018 as indicated on the school calendar. The day will begin at 09.30 and will end after 11.30 Mass. You are invited to lunch in the refectory should you and the boys wish to stay. Our main speaker on Sunday will be Fr Peter Sexton SJ,…read more

And so this is Christmas

24th December 2017

Clongowes lies silent now. The crowds that thronged the chapel for the first Mass of Christmas a little while ago have departed and the empty corridors echo to our footsteps as we make our way through the darkness and the memories that rub shoulders with us on our solitary walk. The school closed on Friday…read more

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