William (‘Willie’) Redmond

7th June 2017

Nationalist politician and soldier William (‘Willie’) Hoey Redmond (13th April 1861 – 7th June 1917), nationalist politician and soldier, was born in Liverpool, but grew up in County Wexford. He attended Clongowes in 1873-6. He was the younger brother and close confidant of John Redmond, although much more outgoing in personality. He spent time as a merchant…read more

Applied Science

3rd June 2017

What to do when you don’t know what to do “ It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”   (Charles Darwin, The Origin of the Species”) On Thursday May 18th an audience comprising pupils, teachers and parents gathered in the Music Performance…read more

Ready for the Next Phase

1st June 2017

Last Monday the gentlemen of Syntax spent the day in Glendalough on their Annual Retreat, where they reflected on what has been a jam-packed Year of Transition for them. The next day, after their cubicles were cleared and bags packed they and their families assembled in the Boys’ Chapel for their Graduation Ceremony… As the…read more

Tennis Success!

30th May 2017

Congratulations to the boys of the Clongowes Minor I tennis team who overcame their opponents from St. Gerard’s in Castleknock Lawn Tennis Club last week (Monday 22nd May) to win the Minor Division II Cup for the first time since 1999! It was a close fought match that hung in the balance pending the outcome…read more

Choral Delights in the Library

26th May 2017

Last Tuesday (May 22nd) the boys of Transition Year hosted their Social Outreach visitors (and a few lucky members of staff) to a short concert in the James Joyce Library. The music was provided by members of the Clongowes College Choir and featured solo and choral performances of music by composers such as Rutter, Schubert,…read more

Open Day 2017

24th May 2017

As the prospective pupils of Rhetoric 2024 arrived down the sun drenched avenue for their first taste of life in Clongowes Wood College on Saturday last (May 20th) one could sense the anticipation among the boys and indeed, the excitement among prospective parents, both accustomed and unaccustomed, to the school. For a number of those…read more

Where do we find the Saints?

22nd May 2017

Mass of Thanksgiving for the Beatification of Fr John Sullivan SJ On Saturday of last week (May 13th) the whole of the Society of Jesus shared in the joy of the Irish Province as we celebrated the Beatification of the Venerable John Sullivan in Gardiner Street Church – a truly joyful and moving occasion. (here)….read more

Paddle Your Own

20th May 2017

The Liffey Descent The ancient and noble sport of canoeing has recently been rekindled in Clongowes Wood College, which had a fine record in the sport was in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. We had many years of friendly rivalry with The King’s Hospital, another stronghold of paddling and both Schools completed for the…read more

In the Mountain Kingdom

18th May 2017

People become people through other people On April 1st 25 pilgrims from Clongowes Wood College set out on this year’s African Immersion Experience to Malealea, Lesotho. Having had a hiatus for the past three years, the return of the trip was widely anticipated by all travelling – both staff and student alike. The Poetry boys…read more

The Auld Triangle 2017

16th May 2017

The origins of racing ‘The Triangle’ in Clongowes, while hardly lost in the mists of time, are certainly unclear. It is such an obvious course that it is likely that boys ran and raced it as long as boys have run and raced in Clongowes. As regards the modern event, Fr Bruce Bradley, in The…read more

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