A Clongownian’s war on TV3 tonight

9th December 2013

2014 sees the centenary of the birth of a remarkable Clongownian, Doctor Aidan MacCarthy (OC 1930), from Castletownbere on the Beara peninsula in West Cork. He was remarkable for many reasons – as a doctor, as an Air Commodore in the RAF during the Second World War, as a survivor of the harshest of regimes in…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

Old Clongownians light up the small screen

2nd December 2013

Following on the extraordinary success of the Rhetoric drama, ‘The Last Confession’ it seems only fitting that we acknowledge those who have taken their thespian talents beyond the Clongowes theatre.  Having considered several past-pupils who appeared throughout RTE’s fine crime drama Love/Hate in recent weeks, we now look beyond our shores and find two Old…read more

Old Clongownians to the fore in Wicklow Hospice Foundation

27th November 2013

Jonathan White (OC1986) writes to tell us how he joined two other Old Clongownians, Brendan Cuddihy (OC 1975 – second from right above) and Eugene Murray (OC1968) to help the cause of the Wicklow Hospice Foundation… “During the late Summer of 2009, while driving between meetings with the car radio on, I tuned in to…read more

Love, Hate and Clongowes

16th November 2013

Love/Hate has a bit of a Marmite taste it would seem. Some would rather watch the Antiques Roadshow but 1.3million others have been glued to RTE every Sunday over the past six weeks. Whatever your views might be, it is undeniable that the antics of Nidge, Fran, Elmo et al. have superseded Chelsea’s recent woes…read more

For Clongowes, for Leinster, for Ireland…

13th November 2013

It was as though Joe Schmidt had actually read the script. It was his day but it was also to be Clongowes’ day. When Dave Kearney (OC’07) entered the fray in the 55th minute to make his international bow against Samoa last Saturday, he joined his brother Rob (OC’04), Fergus McFadden (OC’05) and the evergreen…read more

For Clongowes, for Leinster, for Ireland…

13th November 2013

It was as though Joe Schmidt had actually read the script. It was his day but it was also to be Clongowes’ day. When Dave Kearney (OC’07) entered the fray in the 55th minute to make his international bow against Samoa last Saturday, he joined his brother Rob (OC’04), Fergus McFadden (OC’05) and the evergreen…read more

Entrepreneurs of the Year

5th November 2013

The recent EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards night saw not one, but two winners from among our alumni in the persons of Patrick Joy (OC 1969 – centre) and Brian Hogan (OC 1970 – fourth from right). They received their awards from another successful past pupil, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton…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

Syntax Parent Day with Fr Peter McVerry

14th October 2013

This year, the Syntax Parent Day will take place on Sunday October 20th as indicated on the school calendar. We are very pleased to announce that Fr. Peter McVerry S.J. will be speaking at the Syntax Parent Day.  Fr. McVerry is an Old Clongownian and an Irish Jesuit who needs little introduction to many of…read more

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