Cultural - Clongowes Wood College

Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and Music!

4th December 2013

The Parents’ Association cordially invites you to celebrate the Christmas season with mulled wine and mince pies before the Christmas Concert on Sunday 8th December at 17.00 (concert at 18.00). This traditional event has been a feature of the Clongowes calendar for many years and is an opportunity to appreciate the talents and hardwork of…read more

Nothing to commemorate in 1916?

3rd December 2013

Nigh on one hundred and seventy seven years have passed since Daniel O’Connell founded a debating society in Clongowes in an Ireland that had yet to experience the trauma of the Great Famine. John Maher (Elements) had been in the school (in a very different Ireland) for less than three months when he encountered the…read more

Elements Choir strike the right note in Drogheda

29th November 2013

The Elements Choir, along with their teachers Ms. Anne Conaghan and Ms Elizabeth Keighary, travelled to Co Louth on Wednesday, 20th November to take part in the Drogheda Youth Choral Festival, in an effort to return the Fr. O’Kelly Trophy to Clongowes Wood College, following the success of their Elemental predecessors in 2012. Ms Conaghan takes up…read more

Tim Pat Coogan visits Clongowes

28th November 2013

When Mr.Rochford told the 6th year history class that we would be receiving a talk by Tim Pat Coogan, the reaction was mixed. Some were amazed that he, being a Blackrock man, would actually come and speak to us, some were looking forward to an enjoyable talk, while others saw it as an opportunity to…read more

The smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd

21st November 2013

Last night we had the privilege of attending the opening night of the Irish premiere of The Last Confession by Roger Crane, presented by the Rhetoric Players, under the direction of Mr Tom Carroll. A fuller and more reflective review will appear on this site later from the pen of local boy made good (Goodman…read more

Grammar in the National Concert Hall

19th November 2013

Ten boys from Grammar attended a concert in the National Concert Hall on Monday 21st Oct to hear a live performance of their set works for Junior Cert. Rian McKeagney sent this report… The day dawned bright but dull, with clouds that promised rain. It was a typical Monday for all students except for eleven…read more

Shadows and Dust: Erik Vaughan

29th October 2013

Erik Vaughan from Kilgowan, Co. Kildare is an Old Clongownian (2007) making great strides in the musical world. As part of a new and exciting band, Shadows and Dust, Erik (bass, mandolin & vocals) continues to nurture the potential that was first unearthed under the tuition of Mr. Philip Thomas. With a fast growing following,…read more

Catching Fire in the library

19th October 2013

The James Joyce Library together with the Arts and the English Departments invites Junior Cycle students to participate in a ‘Hunger Games’ themed Art & Literacy competition. Participants are asked to design a new and complete cover for the second book in the trilogy, Catching Fire. The projects have to be submitted to the Library…read more

From a land down under…

11th October 2013

Meet Nick Duff, Jonah Johnson and Jonathon Condon from Australia who will be with us until Christmas. These young men from St. Ignatius College Riverview will be in Transition Year and have exchanged with Stuart Tyrrell, James Tyrrell and Patrick Nulty who are taking their places in Sydney. Jonah says, they are looking forward to…read more

Drama classes at Clongowes

8th October 2013

  Drama classes in Clongowes will begin on Friday courtesy of Ms Rachel Field and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Classes this year are being extended to one hour taking place between 6:00-10:00 pm on Friday evenings until the end of May. While traditionally drama students who participate in these courses…read more

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