Clonkeen College

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Clonkeen College
Coláiste Chluain Chaoin
Blackrock, Dublin
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 53°16′12″N 6°09′26″W / 53.269908°N 6.157162°W / 53.269908; -6.157162Coordinates: 53°16′12″N 6°09′26″W / 53.269908°N 6.157162°W / 53.269908; -6.157162
Motto Tada Gan Iarracht
(Irish: 'Nothing without Effort')
Established 1965
Principal Edward Melly
Number of students 550
Religious order Christian Brothers

Clonkeen College is a Christian Brothers secondary school for boys in south Dublin, which opened in 1970. Clonkeen College has approximately 520 students and 35 teaching staff. Edward Melly is the principal and Michael Brennan is the Deputy Principal. The school has strong links with charities and the developing world.


The Ordnance Survey Ireland map 1837-1842 shows Clonkeen School Ho[use],[1] located in the present day Cornelscourt Village. Although the same building appears on the OSI 1888-1913 map, it is not named as a school anymore.

The original junior school was St. Joseph’s Private Preparatory School, built in September 1965 close to where the present Clonkeen College stands. It was run by a staff of three Christian Brothers until the school was closed in 1975. The secondary school was also called St. Joseph’s, until renamed Clonkeen College.

The present school stands on the site of Charles Stewart Parnell’s second last public meeting. The first pupils to the current school were admitted in the autumn of 1970, there was one fifth year and two third year classes (there was no fourth year then). Thirteen students completed the first Leaving Certificate. The school principal was Br. Jo Hogan; other original teachers were Br. Collins and Mr. B. Toomey. The school was officially opened by David Andrews TD on January 31, 1972.


  • Three full sized Gaelic football pitches and one training pitch, used for gaelic football, hurling and soccer.
  • Two outdoor basketball courts, one indoor court (in the gymnasium).
  • Three science labs, for chemistry, physics and biology.
  • A hall that acts as both a sports gymnasium and an auditorium for theatrical productions. The hall contains a climbing wall.
  • An art room.
  • A computer room.

Subjects offered[edit]

Junior Cycle subjects[edit]

Senior Cycle subjects[edit]

Transition year (TY)[edit]

The year’s main outing is a tour organised by the TY co-ordinator. Classes have visited Greece, the Aran Islands, Paris, Venice, Madrid, Barcelona and Lake Garda.

During the year the students have the opportunity to do courses such as: Self-defense, ECDL, Gaelic football, FAI coaching, and Sailing. New subjects in the transition year are cooking, music, effective communication, German, Japanese and technical drawing. The students have an opportunity to attain a Gaisce\Presidents Award.

Students visit educational and historical sites like Christchurch, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, and Glendalough, Croke Park, Kilmainham Gaol and the National Art Gallery.

Clonkeen Student Council[edit]

Students have input into the schools running in the form of a Student Council of class representatives from 5th year, who are elected by a mix of their peers and the school's teachers.

Since its inception, the Clonkeen College Student Council has shown a large involvement in the running of the school. The council meets weekly to discuss projects or issues. The council is composed of eighteen Prefects; nine are voted in by their fellow fifth years, and nine selected by staff.

Each year the council focuses on one major project. In the past they have had water fountains installed in the junior and senior corridors; more recently they had formal shoes and school jackets introduced to the uniform. Annually, the Council, in conjunction with the Parents Council and the Cluny Student Council, organize a “Ball in the Hall” to welcome Clonkeen's new first year students. Council meetings are chaired by the Chairman and the Secretary takes minutes.

A Councillor's term of office runs from December of 5th year to December of 6th year.

Social Events[edit]

The First Year Social, or "Ball in the Hall", is a disco for the first year students of Clonkeen College and St. Joseph of Cluny, Killiney girls' school. The Social Committee contact and work with the Cluny Student Council and jointly organize and run the ball, liaising with the principals and Parents Councils.

Every September, past pupils and friends of the school are invited to a "Golf Day" (and night).


Inter-school sports[edit]

  • Athletics (track and field)

The school participates in Christian Brother and east Leinster athletics competitions.

  • Cross country running

Clonkeen enters runners in the under-15 and under-17 east Leinster cross country running competitions.

  • Gaelic football

The school enters gaelic football teams into 1st year, under-14, under-16 and under-18 competitions. They have won three Dublin titles in 1975, 1976 and 2003, the under14 team also came runner up in the Leinster championship of 2003.

  • Golf

1st, 2nd and 3rd year students take part in the Dublin junior match play golf competition.

  • Hurling

The hurlers play in 1st year, under-14, under-16 and under-18 hurling competitions.

  • Soccer

The school has soccer teams entered into competitions at under-14, under-16 and under-18 level. Leinster Junior Champions, runner up to All-Ireland in 1981-1982

  • Chess

The first Clonkeen College chess team was formed in 2007 and took part in the Scholastic Chess All-Ireland.

  • International Rules Football

In 2006 Clonkeen hosted Southern Cross college and the two schools competed in a friendly international rules football match, which Clonkeen won.

Club sports[edit]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

  • Public Speaking

The school's public speaking team have participated in the Mental Health Public Speaking Competition.

  • Drama

Clonkeen has long had the tradition of performing annual Christmas pantomimes, such as Jack and the Beanstalk in late 2007, but have recently begun performing musicals as well, with Footloose (musical) having been seen there in the Spring of 2012, and Disco Inferno (musical) the following year, 2013.

  • Annual adventure holidays

Every year students are accompanied by several teachers on an outdoor pursuit’s week in the Ardèche region in Southern France.

  • BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

The school enters Irelands Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and won the competition in 1992.

  • Other activities

The school offers students music classes, hosts quizzes for both students and adults connected to the school, internal leagues provide sporting opportunities to students who may miss the chance to play for a school team. The school has an annual sports day open to entry from all the students.

Notable alumni[edit]


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