Duck Push for Mt Everest

6th November 2017

On the 30th October Karl Hayes (Syntax) flew from Katmandu to Lukla, a small airstrip 2,900m high in the Himalayas. There he joined a group of climbers making their way to the glacier base camp of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world at 8,848metres high… It is easy to forget that the first…read more

Games of Thrones

2nd November 2017

Chess Mini-Tournament Contrary to the views of Roy Keane, who never quite managed to represent his school in chess, the scars are still evident- chess is a very physical game, not in the sense that one is likely to incur an injury but in the energy expended and in its competitive intensity. This was very…read more

Remembrance Day Mass – Clongowes Union

31st October 2017

Mass for the Deceased Members of the Clongowes Union The autumn season is always rich in colour but as November moves towards its end the very richness of those colours is the sign that nature must face up to the fact that – to regenerate next spring – all growth must fade and die. As nature…read more

The Light Makers

29th October 2017

An evening with author Mary O’Donnell An enjoyable evening was shared by the Staff and the Parents’ Book Club last Wednesday (25th October) in the company of local poet, author and Aosdána member Mary O’Donnell. Mary’s novel The Light Makers was recently republished by 451 Editions, 25 years after it was first published by Poolbeg…read more

College and Career Exhibition

27th October 2017

Last week (Thursday, 19th October) Clongowes held a College and Career Exhibition in the sports hall. While many are familiar with the Irish Times Higher Options Exhibition, held in the RDS annually, this year we decided to organise our own ‘mini’ Higher Options Exhibition for the Higher Line students and their parents, with a ‘mini’…read more

OC and Young Musician

21st October 2017

Winner of the Irish Freemasons’ Young Musician of the Year 2017 On Saturday, 14th October, Richard Thomas (OC’13) was awarded 1st place in the Irish Freemasons’ Young Musician of the Year. The semi-finals took place on Thursday October 12th where he was shortlisted to the final four. The final round took place on Saturday 14th…read more

Inter-House Book Quiz

19th October 2017

Sixty students, from across all the year groups, gathered for the Inter-House Book Quiz on Wednesday night (18th October), where the prize – a silver cup – graced the team table of Sullivan, the 2016 winners… Using a table quiz format each House submitted a team (one representative from each year group) to compete over…read more

Between Jigs and Reels

17th October 2017

Trad for Trócaire On Tuesday 17th of October the Trad group returned to Connolly’s of Ballagh for our annual ‘Trad for Trócaire’ Session. Thankfully Hurricane Ophelia did not inflict any damage on Connolly’s but the trad group certainly raised the roof with a great set of tunes. We were delighted to be able to bring…read more

The Groves of Academe

15th October 2017

THE ACADEMY Amid the groves and fountains of an Athenian garden over 300 years before the birth of Christ, the great philosopher, Plato, gathered his disciples in the first meeting of The Academy. It had a long and famed existence for nearly 800 years. When at last the philosophers and scientists met there no more,…read more

Directors of Sport and Rugby

11th October 2017

Director of Sport and Director of Rugby As games in general and rugby in particular continue to grow and develop in Clongowes, the Headmaster has created the new positions of Director of Sport and Director of Rugby, which have been filled by John O’Donoghue and Daryl Maxwell respectively (pictured above with the Headmaster, Chris Lumb…read more

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