Rhetoric - Clongowes Wood College

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

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

Senior Choir at Sligo Choral Festival

14th November 2013

Last Friday morning (8th, November) at 7 am, the senior choir accompanied by Ms Keighary and Ms Heslin tip-toed out of the building on their way the 25th annual Sligo Choral Festival. Upon arrival in Sligo, the day began in Summerhill College, with a magnificent choral workshop with 400 students from schools all over the…read more

Macbeth Scene Studies

7th November 2013

If there is one thing to be said about Shakespeare, it’s that at times his language can seem a tad… Dated. This can lead many students struggling to understand and connect with his works, and so impair their exam preparation. In order to rectify this, Boil in the Bag Productions visited the school on Tuesday,…read more

Live the Fourth: Poetry Kairos Retreat

10th October 2013

The annual Kairos Retreat was opened by Fr. Moloney in the Boys’ Chapel on September 24th after which the retreatants continuined on their journey to St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth for its duration, before returning to where it all began for the final liturgy and ceremony directed by Fr. Sheil on September 27th. Our Rhetoric leaders…read more

The Changing Family

5th October 2013

Yesterday (Friday, 4th October) Clongowes was delighted to welcome Mr David Quinn to give talks to Poetry and Rhetoric. Mr Quinn, Director of the Iona Institute, Irish Independent columnist and regular contributor to a variety of television and radio programmes, spoke on the topic of: The Changing Family: What Christians have to say. In his challenging and thought-provoking…read more

Rhetoric Parent Day

2nd October 2013

The Rhetoric Parent Day will take place next Sunday (October 6th) as indicated on the school calendar. We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Gillian O’Brien, Director of Education and Training from Headstrong will be our guest speaker. Headstrong is The National Centre for Youth Mental Health – a non-profit organisation supporting young people’s…read more

Lourdes Pilgrimage

1st October 2013

On the 7th of September, six Rhetoric students – Milo Rooney, Tom Cantillon, Martin Sutton, Sam Messayeh, Dara Corbett and Jeff Gibbons (left to right above) travelled to Lourdes as part of the annual Dublin Diocesan pilgrimage. They were accompanied by Mr. Francis Marron (on the right) and GAP student, Daniel Sheehan (left). Here School Secretary, Tom Cantillon (School…read more

C.W.C. Academy: Daniel Giles

17th January 2013

Tonight, Thursday 17th of November, Daniel Giles will present his 2nd C.W.C. Academy paper entitled “The Chance of Life- The 5 Keys of our Universe” in the Green Room at 9:15 p.m. WARNING: Contents of this paper may just blow your mind. As usual all Higher Line, Staff and Parents are invited to attend. Please…read more

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