Notice of Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Union will be held in the Museum Library in the Castle at 10.00am on Sunday 29th May 2016 to transact the following business: Opening prayer led Fr Michael Sheil SJ Opening address by Owen Binchy, outgoing President of the Union; To consider the Minutes of the last AGM and matters arising; To consider (and where appropriate adopt) the following reports (available on request from the Hon. Sec.): Secretary, Treasurer, The Clongowes Union Benevolent Association, The Branches, Sub-Committees and Societies of the Union; To elect members and officers of the Committee and Sub-Committees of the Union Tom Kelly as Honorary Secretary Tommy Browne as a Member Nominations …

1916 Commemoration

In 1914 many Old Clongownians responded to the urging of John Redmond and played a prominent role in the Irish contribution to the Allied effort in World War I. These men and their peers saw themselves fighting for Ireland as did the Clongownians who took part in the Irish Revolution and the ensuing tragic Civil War. Next year Clongowes will remember three Old Clongownians who fought in Dublin during the 1916 Rising, two of whom were killed. One distinguished Old Clongownian, Michael Joseph ‘The O’Rahilly’ (OC 1893), a founding father of the Irish Volunteers, was killed during the Easter Rising, leading a charge, sword in hand, with the same reckless courage that …

New News

A little belatedly we welcome: New President: Owen Binchy, who follows his father and grandfather as Union President New Headmaster: Chris Lumb, who is the first non-Jesuit Headmaster of Clongowes. Chris, with his wife Eileen, and sons Daniel and Samuel (who are boarding in Rudiments and Poetry, respectively) has joined the school at an important time, and with his family, brings a new dimension to the role. New Committee Members: David Stafford who has stepped up to be Treasurer, while Tommy Browne ((OC ’10) has stepped in to represent the Junior Branch. New President Elect: Andrew Lynch (OC ’04) who will be, we think, the youngest ever President of the …

Peter McVerry Trust – Berkeley St Cafe Project

Following a protracted Planning phase the development works at the Clongowes Youth Cafe have now reached their conclusion, with the Cafe now set to open its doors in July 2015. The Cafe situated close to the Mater Hospital and within 5 minutes walking distance of O’Connell St, is a very well appointed 2 storey terraced building. Originally comprising 2 Victorian houses the building has been extensively refurbished, to combine both buildings and provide a very modern retail facade leading to a first rate modern space where clients of the facility can interact with qualified staff, rest and take their ease in a safe environment. The Cafe also provides a fully …

Big Turn-out for Bicentenary Union Dinner

The 2015 Union Dinner, held in the Ballsbridge Hotel on February 20th, attracted the largest turnout for many years, and according to some estimates the second largest ever. Over 360 OC’s and over 25 guests filled the function room in the Ballsbridge Hotel for a lively evening.  Our President, John Bruton, delivered a wide ranging speech spanning Irish and European history over the last 200 years, Clongowes place in that,  and the importance of faith and faith based schools in our national and social system. Headmaster Fr. Leonard Moloney SJ bade his farewell in this his final year as headmaster, reflected on the current state of the school, and exhorted the assembled past to …

Daniel O’Connell Memorial Debate – Past & Present

Past pupils, parents, staff and guests attended the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Debate in the new Music Performing Centre on the evening of Friday 7th November 2014. This special bicentenary celebration of debating in Clongowes was contested by two teams each comprised of two O.C.s and two present pupils. Chairing the debate was Mr. John Bruton (Former Taoiseach, 1994-1997). The motion was a particularly relevant and challenging one: “This House believes that a Jesuit Education is more relevant today than it was in 1814”.  Defending the motion were Matthew Gibbons, James Lochrin (O.C. ’08), Sam Powell and their captain William Courtney (O.C. ’08). Matthew Dundon captained the opposition which consisted of …

Clongowes Honours its Fallen Alumni

Organised with great foresight by Margaret Doyle, a group of Union members, Jesuits and Clongowes staff, joined for part of the trip by the School Captain, Vice Captain and Secretary, visited some of the infamous battlefields of World War I and laid wreaths at the graves or memorials of some of those former pupils or Jesuits who lost their lives in that inhuman conflict. Click here for the school’s report of the trip Over 600 Clongowes past pupils took part in the war which, based on the size of the school at that time,  represented a full 10 years of alumni. Many, if not most, were Irish Nationalists who believed that by …

Bicentenary Golf Classic held in K Club

On the 30th September, approx. 80 golfers, comprising alumni, parents and guests, took part in a bicentenary golf classic at the K Club, which was kindly made available for the day by Dr Michael Smurfit, Past President of the Union 2012-13. The event was organised by Billy O’Sullivan and an energetic committee, and supported by the Clongowes Foundation. Funds Raised were for the benefit of the Foundation, and will go towards the funding of the new Theatre, Debating Chamber and Music venue, construction of which will begin in 2017.

Golf Society Completes Successful Year – Michael Barr selected as 2014/2015 Captain

The Golf Society completed a successful year when 42 players competed at Baltray for the Captain (Tom Coughlin’s Prize) on a beautiful Saturday September 13th. John Collins a Baltray member played early and got the best of the conditions (!) and won with a score of 38 points. Donal Quinn was second on 36 along with 3 others who were tied on 36. At the AGM that evening Michael Barr was announced as Captain of the 2014/2015 season by this years captain Tom Coghlan. It was also decided to give a discount to younger OC’s to encourage them to play in future events. One idea suggested was €30 off if under 30 years …

New York Bicentenary Dinner attracts 40 to the Neuehouse

Clongowes Bicentenary was celebrated New York style on September 20th in the exceptional ‘on trend’ Neuehouse Manhattan venue. Over forty OC’s, some with their partners, came together to share Clongowes experiences and enjoy some quality networking through the decades. Fr Michael Sheil SJ welcomed the enthusiastic group, marking the Bicentenary, and encouraged the attendees to read Union President John Bruton’s  speech, ‘Clongowes ‘1814- 2014’, delivered at Peter Kenney Day in Clongowes on 21 June 2014. which put an excellent historical context on CWC’s first 200 years. Mr Peter Gray represented The Union President, reminding us that Clongowes shapes and moulds everyone who walks down the avenue. He shared his own experience …