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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Readers of former encyclicals will have made the acquaintance of such luminaries as Xenophon and Tantalus  – and of Dag Hammarskjold and my Lourdes Pal – little Anne Marie. Now may I introduce another friend, Hezekiah – King of Jerusalem in the 8th century BC – famous for holding out against the siege of Sennacherib, the…

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Sincerest thanks to everyone who supported our recent fundraiser in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust. Due to Covid restrictions it was not possible for us to hold our annual Business Lunch this year so a Clongowes Union Go Fund Me page was set up in lieu of this event.   Our aim was to…

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In September 2019, College Historian, Declan O’Keeffe represented Clongowes at the British Society of Sport History Annual Conference in Liverpool Hope University where he  presented a paper entitled: “‘All the other boots and legs ran after’ – the long life and slow death of ‘Gravel’ football”. As a result of his presentation he was asked to contribute…

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I am always struck by the traditional cartoon in the media at the end of December as we look forward to the “new” year. Exiting stage left we see an ancient stooped and bearded figure carrying a sickle – and entering stage right a “bonny” smiling babe. The message seems to be always the same ……. Thank God that this…

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Apart but in Communion

There is always a great sense of achievement for all parties in a school – Students – Teachers – Administration – Parents/Guardians  – when the Hallow’een [Eve of All Saints’ Day] mid-term is reached – for it means that the academic year is well advanced and in full swing. This has never been more truly…

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Given all the Covid19 restrictions, the six SJ Past Pupils Unions (Belvedere, Clongowes, Crescent, Gonzaga, Colaiste Iognaid and Mungret) have joined forces to do an online event.  To register your place please email jai500th@gmail.com.   If you cannot make the 6.45 for 7pm slot on Thurs Oct 22, just register to get a copy of the video afterwards.

The Gollymocky Whalers

  Out of the adversity that COVID-19 caused when we were first presented with the illness rose a band of Old Clongownian amateur swimmers, the aptly named ‘Gollymocky Whalers’. The group, who have now expanded to 23 members, began in May with a much humbler enrollment. The group’s founding fathers Adam Mac Nulty (OC’88) &…

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