Times Old and New

Ireland now stands in imminent danger. If Popery succeeds – our fairest plains will once more witness days worthy to rank with those of Bloody Mary – and the Walls of Derry shall again become the lamentable bulwark against Popish treachery and massacre! Strong words of alarm there! Strong words indeed! …….. the tocsin was sounded,  I read in…

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Passing on the Baton

Passing on the Baton                                  Did you ever come across a group of people looking at the sky and wonder what was up there? Did you perhaps go gazing skywards yourself? And what if someone asked you what are you doing ? His questions, you might now be saying to yourself, are getting stranger and…

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My Braveheart Tree!

In my 3rd motu proprio at the end of March I asked if anyone had a favourite tree – and received a great and varied response – with many reasons for the relationship. If you thought that my question was strange then – try this one now: Do you have a Braveheart Tree ?! I am lucky in…

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Be Glad to be Sad!

Last Friday, the well-leaked news that this year’s Leaving Cert. was to be cancelled made it a unique day in the annals of the DES – and in the life of Rhetoric’20. Amid all the media frenzy and the rumours – a final (?!) and definitive (?!) Plan C brought to an end the agony…

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What wins???  YOU decide!! The librarians of Belvedere College SJ., Clongowes Wood College SJ, and Gonzaga  College SJ, invite our students, parents, staff and alumni to choose our inaugural ‘3 Schools,1 Book‘ summer holiday read. Look at the shortlist (see below), choose your favourite option as a summer 2020 read, cast your vote and if you like…

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It is with great regret that Clongowes Foundation must cancel Fr. Peter Kenney Day which was to be held on Wednesday June 17th, 2020. In normal circumstances Father Peter Kenney S.J. Day would mark the end of our year. This day has become a landmark of our calendar and a day to celebrate the company…

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It is just over 50 days since the anti-covid-19 strategy brought about the closure of places of gathering. After the initial shock, people began to improvise – and everywhere there was surprise at how well this was succeeding. There was joy at values, for so long forgotten [or taken for granted] – were now coming to the fore to…

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