Clongowes Wood College
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|Clongowes Wood College S.J.|
Main Building, Clongowes Wood College
Aeterna Non Caduca
(Eternal not falling)
|Clane, County Kildare
|School type||Voluntary secondary school
Boarding school Private
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic
Society of Jesus
|Founder||Fr. Peter Kenney, SJ|
|Chairperson||Mr. John Tierney|
|Rector||Fr. Michael Sheil, SJ|
|Headmaster||Mr Chris Lumb|
|Age||12-13 to 17-18|
|Enrollment||449 (2010[dated info])|
|Colour(s)||Purple and white|
|School fees||€16,800 per annum (2011/2012) |
Clongowes Wood College is a voluntary secondary boarding school for boys, located near Clane in County Kildare, Ireland. The school was founded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1814, is one of Ireland's oldest Catholic schools, and featured prominently in James Joyce's semi-autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. One of five Jesuit schools in Ireland, it had 450 students in 2011/2012 when the fees were €16,800 per annum.
The school's current headmaster is Fr. Leonard Maloney. Fr. Michael Sheil, S.J., retired as Rector in 2006 and Fr Bruce Bradley (headmaster 1992-2000) was his successor. In September 2011 Fr. Michael Sheil, S.J., returned as Rector.
The school is a secondary boarding school for boys from Ireland and other parts of the world. The school is divided into three groups, known as "lines". The Third Line is for First and Second years; the Lower Line for Third and Fourth years; and the Higher Line for Fifth and Sixth years. Each year is known by a name, drawn from the Jesuit Ratio Studiorum: Elements (First year), Rudiments (Second year), Grammar (Third year), Syntax (Fourth year), Poetry (Fifth year), and Rhetoric (Sixth year).
The medieval castle was originally built in the 13th century by Stuart Cullen, an early Anglo-Norman warrior and landowner in North Kildare. He had been given extensive lands in the area of Kill, Celbridge, and Mainham by his brother, Rurai Blaney, who had come to Ireland with Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke.
It is the residence of the religious community and was improved by a "chocolate box" type restoration in the 18th century. It was rebuilt in 1718 by Stephen Fitzwilliam Browne and extended in 1788 by Thomas Wogan Browne. It is situated beside a ditch and wall - known as ramparts - constructed for the defence of the Pale in the 14th century. The building was completely refurbished in 2004 and the reception area was moved back there from the "1999 building".
The castle is connected to the modern buildings by an elevated corridor hung with portraits, the Serpentine Gallery referred to by James Joyce. This gallery was completely demolished and rebuilt in 2004 as part of a redevelopment programme for the school buildings.
In 1929 another wing was built at a cost of £135,000, presenting the rear façade of the school. It houses the main classrooms and the Rudiments, Grammar, Syntax, and Humanities dormitories.
An expansion and modernisation was completed in 2000; the €4.8m project added another residential wing that included a 500-seat dining hall, kitchen, entrance hall, offices, plant room, and study/bedrooms for sixth year ("Rhetoric") students.
The Boys' Chapel has an elaborate reredos, a large pipe-organ in the gallery, and a sequence of Stations of the Cross painted by Sean Keating. School tradition has it that the portrait of Pontius Pilate in the twelfth station was based on the school rector, who had refused to pay the artist his asking price.
The school traces its history back to a 799-acre (3.23 km2) estate owned by the Wogan family in 1418 under the reign of Henry IV. The name "Clongowes" comes from the Irish for "meadow" (cluain) and for "blacksmith" (gobha). The estate was originally known as "Clongowes de Silva" (de Silva meaning "of the wood" in Latin). The estate later passed to the Eustace family and became part of the fortified border of the Pale in 1494. The Eustaces lost their estates during the Restoration (1660). The estate was sold by the Wogan-Brownes to the Jesuits in March 1814 for £16,000.
The school accepted its first pupil, James McLornan, on 18 May 1814.
In 2008 there were 13 Jesuits living at the historic school.
One early history of the school is The Clongowes Record 1814-1932 by Fr. Timothy Corcoran, S.J. (Browne and Nolan, Dublin, 1932). A half-century later, a history was written by Fr. Roland Burke Savage, S.J., and published in The Clongownian school magazine during the 1980s; that same decade, Peter Costello wrote Clongowes Wood: a History of Clongowes Wood College 1814-1989, published by Gill and Macmillan, Dublin, 1989).
Clongowes is known for their strong pedigree in rugby union. Despite their relatively small size, Clongowes have won the Leinster Schools Rugby Senior Cup on eight occasions, winning their first final in 1926. Following this there was a gap of 52 years until their next title in 1978. Beginning with their 3rd title in 1988 and up until 2011, Clongowes have appeared in 13 finals, more than any other school in the competition during this period. Clongowes performed their first set of back-to-back titles with wins in 2010 and 2011. Clongowes have reached the final of the 2012 competition with a potential "Three-peat" on offer if victorious, the first time this will have happened since the 1960s.
The school featured prominently in James Joyce's semi-autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. More recently, a documentary depicting a year in the life in the school was screened in 2001 as part of RTÉ's True Lives series. The popular fictional series of Ross O'Carroll Kelly has mentioned Clongowes Wood on a number of occasions in the book and Irish Times column.
Selected past pupils
- Frederick Boland, first Irish ambassador to the United Kingdom and to the United Nations, Chancellor of the University of Dublin
- John Bruton, former Taoiseach of Ireland
- Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
- Brian Carney, Irish rugby league player
- Francis Clery, British Army General who commanded 2nd Division during the Second Boer War
- Peter Conlan, barrister at law, volunteered as Irish Merchant Marine lieutenant during the Emergency, died at sea 1945
- John Convery, Colonial Judge on the Gold Coast (Ghana)
- Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine and Minister for Defence
- Thomas Crean, Irish rugby union player, British Army soldier and doctor
- Joseph Dalton S.J., Jesuit who founded a number of schools and churches in Australia
- Gordon D'Arcy, Irish rugby union international, British & Irish Lion, Leinster rugby player
- Sir Donnell Deeny, judge in the High Court of Northern Ireland, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin
- Dr William Doolin, former editor of the Journal of the Irish Medical Association and President of the RCSI
- Edmund Dwyer-Gray, 29th Premier of Tasmania
- Eugene Esmonde, Second World World pilot and posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Nial Fennelly, judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland, former Advocate General of the European Court of Justice
- Thomas Finlay, former Irish Fine Gael politician and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland
- James FitzGerald-Kenney, Irish politician, former Minister for Justice
- Oliver St John Gogarty, surgeon, writer, critic, and inspiration for Buck Mulligan in James Joyce's Ulysses
- Maurice Healy (writer), author of the celebrated memoir The Old Munster Circuit
- Aidan Heavey, CEO of Tullow Oil
- Nick Hewer, public relations man
- Aidan Higgins, writer
- Paddy Hopkirk, International Rally driver, winner of Monte Carlo Rally
- James Joyce, writer
- David Kearney, Irish rugby union international, Leinster rugby player
- Rob Kearney, Irish rugby union international, British & Irish Lion, Leinster rugby player
- Andrew Kettle, Irish nationalist politician and founder member of the Irish Land League
- Thomas Kettle, Irish journalist, barrister, writer, poet, soldier, economist and Home Rule politician
- Sir Gilbert Laithwaite, former British ambassador to Ireland and High Commissioner to Pakistan
- Patrick Little, Irish Fianna Fáil politician & Government Minister, most notably as the country's longest-serving Minister for Posts & Telegraphs
- Enoch Louis Lowe, 33rd Governor of the U.S. state of Maryland
- James Magee, Irish cricketer and rugby union player
- Alan Mahon, judge of the Court of Appeal (Ireland)
- James Patrick Mahon, known as the O'Gorman Mahon, journalist, barrister, parliamentarian
- Francis Sylvester Mahony, 19th-century humorist known by the pen name "Father Prout"
- Sir Richard Martin, High Sheriff of Dublin (1866)
- Niall McCarthy (judge), Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland
- Fergus McFadden, Irish rugby union international, Leinster rugby player.
- Patrick McGilligan, former Irish Minister for Industry & Commerce
- Paul McGuinness, former business manager for the Irish rock band U2
- John Charles McQuaid, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland between 1940-1972
- David McSavage, comedian, writer and producer of The Savage Eye
- Thomas Francis Meagher, Irish nationalist and leader of the Young Irelanders
- Charles Mitchel, RTÉ's first newsreader
- Barry O'Callaghan, Chairman and CEO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the Chairman of Education Media & Publishing Group
- The O'Conor Don, Charles O'Conor, S.J.
- Purcell O'Gorman, soldier and Home Rule League politician
- Kevin O'Higgins, former Irish Vice-President of the Executive Council and Minister for Justice
- Michael O'Higgins, Irish TD
- Tom O'Higgins, former Chief Justice of Ireland, former Minister for Health, Judge of the European Court of Justice
- Daniel O'Keeffe, chairperson of the Standards in Public Office Commission, former judge of the High Court
- David O'Keeffe, legal academic
- Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair
- Donogh O'Malley, former Irish Minister for Health and Minister for Education
- James O'Mara, nationalist leader and key member of the First Dáil
- The O'Rahilly, Irish Volunteer, killed in the Easter Rising
- Tony O'Reilly, Junior, Irish businessman
- Micheal O'Siadhail, Irish poet
- John M. O'Sullivan, Cumann na nGaedheal politician, cabinet minister and academic
- Chief Baron Palles, the most eminent Irish judge of his time
- Kieran Prendiville, television writer, producer, and creator of the BBC drama Ballykissangel
- Cornelius James Pelly MBE, Irish diplomat
- Noel Purcell Irish rugby union player, Irish & GB water polo Olympian, the first man to have represented two countries at the Olympics
- Patrick Quinlan, Australian cricketer and lawyer
- John Redmond, Irish nationalist politician, barrister, MP in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 to 1918
- Pat Reid, MBE, MC, British Army officer who escaped from Colditz and noted nonfiction and historical author
- John Ryan Artist, broadcaster, publisher, critic, editor, patron and publican
- The Rt Hon.SirJohn Joseph Sheil PC, Lord Justice of Appeal in Northern Ireland
- James John Skinner, first Minister of Justice of the Republic of Zambia and former Chief Justice of Malawi
- Patrick James Smyth, Irish politician and journalist
- Michael Smurfit, Businessman, former CEO of Jefferson Smurfit Group
- J. T. Walsh, US film actor
- Aloisiuskolleg, Jesuit boarding school in Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany
- Collegium Augustinianum Gaesdonck, boarding school in Goch, Germany
- Kolleg St. Blasien, Jesuit boarding school in St. Blasien, Germany
- Portora Royal School, voluntary grammar school in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
- Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview, Jesuit boarding school in Sydney, Australia
- Passy-Buzenval, Catholic private school, Paris, France
- St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill, Marist Brother boarding school in Sydney, Australia
- List of Victoria Crosses by school
- List of alumni of Jesuit educational institutions
- Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin
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- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce. Chapter 5, 25 March, Morning: "A long curving gallery. From the floor ascend pillars of dark vapours. It is peopled by the images of fabulous kings, set in stone. Their hands are folded upon their knees in token of weariness and their eyes are darkened for the errors of men go up before them for ever as dark vapours."
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