Jesus at the Forty-Foot

17th February 2021

To-day sees us arrive at Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent. This has always been considered, especially in Ireland – as a time of fasting and of efforts to repent – of doing penance and reaching out – and always with the special reminder that we are-dust-and-to-dust-shall-return.   Who would have thought this-time-last-year [Ash…read more

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown”.

19th January 2021

The King’s Speech is a very well-known film which was a huge success when first produced in 2010. It tells the story of King George VI’s struggle to overcome a stammer which presented a problem for public speaking. The climax of the film comes as he addresses his subjects across the world in the British…read more

 Light and the sound of music in Hezekiah’s Tunnel

22nd December 2020

Readers of former encyclicals will have made the acquaintance of such luminaries as Xenophon and Tantalus  – and of Dag Hammarskjold and my Lourdes Pal – little Anne Marie. Now may I introduce another friend, Hezekiah – King of Jerusalem in the 8th century BC – famous for holding out against the siege of Sennacherib,…read more

Gravel football at Clongowes

21st December 2020

In September 2019, Declan O’Keeffe, College Historian, represented Clongowes at the British Society of Sport History Annual Conference in Liverpool Hope University, where he presented a paper entitled: “‘All the other boots and legs ran after’ – the long life and slow death of ‘Gravel’ football”. Declan was subsequently asked to contribute a chapter on…read more

Matthew O’Donohoe – Classics Now Competition Winner

21st December 2020

Congratulations to Matthew O’Donohoe (Rudiments) who has won the Digital Myth competition run by Classics Now. The brief to students was to “reimagine ancient myths of the Greek and Roman world using digital technology.” Students were encouraged to recreate and adapt one of the myths which they have studied as part of their Junior Cycle…read more

A Portrait of The TY Barista

16th December 2020

Last week a group of Transition Year (TY) students were brought to a local coffee roaster for an introduction into coffee roasting and barista techniques.  Our TY programme is rich and varied with time set aside for fun learning activities such as the barista course. One of the participating students, Dane Cormack, offered to tell…read more

Answering Pope Francis’ Call – a Parish Community’s Response.

15th December 2020

Saturday, 12th December 2020, was a sad day for us in Clongowes as we bade good-bye to our nearest neighbours ……….. but we did so with joy in our hearts – glad to be sad!   What a strange conflict of emotions, you may say  ………… Well, read on! Some years ago – at the height…read more

Annual Christmas Lunch

11th December 2020

On Tuesday 8th December the school gathered in prayer to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Fr Shane Daly SJ celebrated Mass at 10.45 a.m. from the Sports Hall where Syntax students were present. Other year groups gathered in five other locations throughout the school to take part in the liturgy as it was…read more

Fine Art Exhibition – Online Store Now Open

2nd December 2020

Since 2006 the Clongowes Ladies Association have been organising an art exhibition in the College as a fundraiser to support the AHP Bursary Programme in the school. Over the years the Association have exhibited the work of students and relations of the students together with the work of OC’s and their parents and relations. This is…read more

Waiting in Faith and Hope for Love

29th November 2020

I am always struck by the traditional cartoon in the media at the end of December as we look forward to the “new” year. Exiting stage left we see an ancient stooped and bearded figure carrying a sickle – and entering stage right a “bonny” smiling babe. The message seems to be always the same…read more

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