Dear Fellow Old Clongownians, The Clongowes Wood College Union AGM, 2021 will take place on Sunday, 23rd May at 10am. The Notice for the Annual General Meeting is attached. The meeting will be conducted through the Zoom platform. To join the Zoom meeting please email uniondata@clongowes.net for login details. Hoping that you can join us and thank you…

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Dear Clongownian, As the Clongowes Union approaches our 125th year, your committee recognises the need to update our database to put it in a position to communicate with as many Past Pupils as possible. We know we are missing contact details for many Clongownians and have outdated details for many others. We are asking all…

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The Clongownian 2020

The Clongownian at 125 Last week saw the arrival of the much-anticipated latest issue of the annual (and historic) journal The Clongownian in Clongowes Wood College. This venerable publication first saw the light of day some 125 years ago, when it was launched in December 1895 by Mr William Doyle SJ[1] and has been published without interruption…

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The Gospel of the Mass on Holy Thursday, celebrating the Institution of the Eucharist – is St John’s account of the Last Supper. He, alone of all the Evangelists, does not record Christ’s words This is My Body – this is My Blood. Rather does he concentrate on what Jesus did in the symbolism of His washing…

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Email  union@clongowes.net Website www.clongowesunion.ie 30th March 2021 Dear Fellow Clongownians, As we enter our second year of Covid 19 restrictions, which has resulted in the cancellation, yet again, of the Annual Easter Retreat, I thought a message from your Union might be appropriate. While your Union committee have not had the opportunity to meet each…

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Next week will see the beginning of the Easter Holidays – and, on this coming Sunday, what used to be called Passiontide begins. It is a period of two weeks leading to the Holy Week Triduum – the three days when the Church celebrates the Last Supper and the Passion and Death of Christ – culminating in His Resurrection…

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Jesus at the Forty-Foot

To-day sees us arrive at Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent. This has always been considered, especially in Ireland – as a time of fasting and of efforts to repent – of doing penance and reaching out – and always with the special reminder that we are-dust-and-to-dust-shall-return.   Who would have thought this-time-last-year [Ash Wednesday…

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Foundation Winter Letter 2021

28th January 2021.   Dear All It is one year now since the launch of the Alberto Hurtado Endowment Fund.  From a parochial perspective, none of the assembled group who had come to celebrate the success of our bursary programme: the Alberto Hurtado Programme (AHP), as well as the launch of the Fund itself could…

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he King’s Speech is a very well-known film which was a huge success when first produced in 2010. It tells the story of King George VI’s struggle to overcome a stammer which presented a problem for public speaking. The climax of the film comes as he addresses his subjects across the world in the British Empire…

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