On June 19th 2019 Clongowes welcomed back over 140 Old Clongownians who had left 40 years or more to celebrate Fr Peter Kenney Day. On arrival all convened for refreshments in the Castle Library for a quick catch up before Fr. Michael Sheil celebrated Mass in the Boy’s Chapel at 11am. All were uplifted by the powerful voice of our departing head boy Mr. Hugo O’Donnell OC’19 who was our guest soloist on the day accompanied by Cyril Murphy.
We then got a chance to show off our new Bellarmine Centre which comfortably held all our guests in a light filled and spacious environment. The highly entertaining Mr Harman Murtagh OC’62 gave an insightful lecture on the role that 5 Old Clongownians played in the First Dail Eireann 1919. He also delved into the stories of other notable Old Clongownians who played their part in the formative years of the fledgling Irish Free State. (IMG_7744 / IMG_7749)
A copy of the lecture is available to read on our website.
Everyone stayed for a delicious lunch in the Refectory which was superb as always and all were well looked after by our wonderful catering team.
We were delighted to be joined by two veteran Old Clongownians, Mr.Vincent Phelan OC’43 who currently resides in Dublin and Mr. William James OC’44 who travelled all the way from Bangor, Co. Down. Vincent and William are pictured here reflecting on themselves as young adolescents in the 1943 Clongownian. Thankfully they went on to live fascinating lives and are still enjoying good health to this day.
After lunch many chose to go on a tour of their old haunts and the new facilities led by our guides Mr. Joseph Rooney, Chair of the Clongowes Foundation and Ms. Imelda Goulding. Others stayed on in the Refectory for more chat and reminiscing before saying their goodbyes and thanks for an enjoyable day.