A lot is happening: we continue to be a vibrant secondary school which is at the heart of all that we do here, its pupils the standard bearers today for the great tradition and history of the College: a research centre that facilitates the cooperation of the Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology; an outreach campus for the National University of Ireland Maynooth, which this year offered First Arts through the CAO for the first time; a centre for adult learning; a Certificate in Theology in conjunction with St Patrick’s College Maynooth for those involved in ministries in our parishes; the Diocesan Faith Development Office; the Forum Office and the Vocations Office.
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In this past year we hosted several wonderful class reunions along with the Annual College Reunion for those ordained from St Kieran’s. Much fun was had! It occurred to me, sharing in the laughter and story telling, that these men – our exports – are now the ambassadors for St Kieran’s College in the world today. They, like any of us who went here, have one thing in common – we are ‘black and white’ to the core. We still wonder: How are the College teams getting on? What is happening there now? What do today’s students think of the place? How are those who left here getting on? Are there any past pupils living near me? Where are my classmates and what are they doing now?
It is our exports therefore, our past pupils, that make us most proud. It is wonderful, then, when a former student comes back to the College, alone or with family, to share memories of time spent here. It is great to hear what so many have done and achieved in the years since they left the Glass Hall behind. It is, after all, for them and the fulfilment of their possibilities that we exist.
Since the first days of our existence, in 1782, we have worked to move people on. The College exists precisely for the function of educating people to the highest standards possible, in accordance with the values of the Gospel, so as to prepare them to head out into the world: their families, their parishes, their workplaces. We do this so that when they are there they are in a position, hopefully partially as a result of their time here, to achieve all that is possible for them and for those they love
Conscious of this we are hoping to try to establish a greater network of our past pupils – something as simple as a list of those who might like, two or three times a year, to receive an email updating them on what is going on in St Kieran’s College. With this in mind I would like to invite you to drop onto the College website www.stkieranscollege.ie and add your email address to the past pupils section or simply write to the College with your contact details. We would love to be in touch more frequently to tell you all that is happening.
Well done to the Senior Hurlers and team management who defeated Kilkenny CBS by 1-17 to 1-15 in an exciting Leinster Colleges Senior Hurling League Final in Nowlan Park on Wednesday November 11th. We now look forward to the championship proper in the New Year. In the meantime read below the match report by Transition Year student Michael and enjoy some photos and video clips recorded by Transition Year students Maurice Walsh and Stephen Carolan.
By Michael Ryan (Transition Year)
St Kieran’s College overcame old rivals Kilkenny CBS on a scoreline of 1-17 to 1-15 at a gusty Nowlan Park on Wednesday to clinch another Leinster Colleges senior hurling league crown. This physical, high-octane encounter was played out front of a large crowd of supporters from both sides.
St Kieran’s who had made a host of changes from the semi final victory against Coláiste Eoin laid down a marker in the opening minute, orchestrating an attack that concluded with a point for Sean Morrisey. The CBS weren’t rattled by the determined St Kierans outfit however, netting a goal on three minutes when a wind assisted clearance was gathered by their midfielder Luke Scanlon who gracefully cut the St Kieran’s defence open, rounding two defenders and accurately firing the ball to the net. St Kieran’s trailed for the majority of the first half and kept in touch mainly through frees from substitute free taker Conor Murphy who was excellent throughout and finished the game with eleven points to his name.
St Kieran’s regained their lead with three minutes left in the first half with a splendid goal from half forward Billy Ryan. In an event of sheer bravery and commitment, Ryan controlled a pass from corner forward Conor Murphy while withstanding pressure from CBS netminder and with a deft touch flicked the ball to the net to give St Kieran’s a one point advantage. Conor Murphy added a point from play soon after to leave a half time score of 1-9 to 1-7 in favour of St Kieran’s.
St Kieran’s increased their advantage to four points by the 48th minute, when the highly influential Bennettsbridge clubman Liam Blanchfield pointed and it looked as if St Kieran’s were cruising to a comfortable victory. This wasn’t to be the case however, as CBS free taker Andrew Gaffney reduced the lead following a succession of pointed frees, ensuring a nerve racking final few minutes. Points from the ever reliable Sean Morrisey and supreme defending by the St Kieran’s defence ensured a derby victory for the men in the black and white much to the delight of the St Kieran’s supporters. Celebrations were restrained at the final whistle however, as both sides know that there are bigger and better things to come, namely the championship which commences in the New Year. Click on League Final Programme to view the programme page including both panels on the day.
St Kieran’s College: Conor Murphy (0-11, nine frees), Sean Morrissey (0-4), Billy Ryan (1-0), Kevin Blanchfield, Conor O’Carroll (0-1 each).
Kilkenny CBS: Andrew Gaffney (0-9, six frees, one 65), Luke Scanlon (1-0), Paul Delahanty (0-2), Niall Mullins, Robbie Murphy, Robbie Buckley, Matthew McWey (0-1 each).
On the night of the 10th December, a group of students, their parents, families, teachers and friends gathered in the Chapel of St Kieran’s College for a festive evening of Christmas Carols. Fifty-four students in total from both the Senior and Junior choirs in the school performed a range of carols from the well loved “O Come All Ye Faithful” to the more intricate “Christmas Lullaby”. Click on Christmas Carol Service 2013 for full programme for the evening. The candlelit chapel provided a very intimate setting for this atmospheric evening. The students put on a great performance, singing the carols beautifully under the expert guidance of their choir teacher, Ms Aisling Phelan. Texts from Scripture, prayers and poetry were also recited to compliment the carols and also helped to heighten the prayerful atmosphere. The College Chapel served as an ideal location for this Carol Service with its excellent acoustics. The Students and Staff of St Kieran’s can look forward to more prayer services in the Chapel in the future.
Click on the link below to enjoy for yourself the Carol Service in the St Kieran’s College Chapel.
The first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel, of the Holy Father Pope Francis, to the Bishops, Clergy, Consecrated Persons and the Lay Faithful on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World. from Pope Francis was published on Tuesday 26 November 2013.
“THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”
– Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium)
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Every summer on the First Tuesday after the 15th of August the College is delighted to host the Annual reunion for those Ordained from St Kieran’s. It is always a great occasion with many from the College who are celebrating significant years, and many more besides, returning to the College to catch up with old friends and share memories.
Towards the end of the summer, and in fact throughout the year, the College often plays host to many different reunions of classes of former students who studied on the Lay Side. People gather to recall anniversaries of the year they started and/or the year the finished. These evenings are a wonderful occasion for friends and classmates to come together to recall time spent in St Kieran’s College and to renew old friendships. If your class is shortly marking a significant time spent from the College – or if you just want to catch up with old friends why not contact the College to arrange a reunion. We are always delighted to welcome back that which makes us most proud, former students!
While there is no set format to the reunions the following seems to have been most successful for classes. If you would like to try something different please make contact we will be delighted to welcome you back.
|6pm:||Gathering in the College for Mass in the College Chapel|
|6.45pm:||Drinks reception in the College dining room with a word of welcome from the College President and maybe a word on behalf of your class. During this time there is also the possibility of a tour of the school where many class pictures, teams and other memories are now on display documenting the years.|
|7.30/8pm:||Dinner in a nearby restaurant|
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When the College opened its doors for the first time in 1782 its goal was simple: the education and formation of each student to the highest standards based on the values of the gospel. It was therefore, right from the start, all about students. It is after all for them that the school came into existence. It is only right therefore that well over 200 years later that it is our students that mean the most to us still.
All of the memories that populate the glasshall, the faces in pictures on the walls, these are the men who called St Kieran’s home for the formative years of their school life. These are also the men who carried the proud name of St Kieran’s College into their workplaces, families, homes and world. And it is of them that we are most proud.
It is therefore important to us to maintain contact with our students throughout their lives, and maybe through us that you can keep contact together. After all we share sometime that cannot be taken from us – we are St Kieran’s, black and white, to the core!
The Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, College Rd, Kilkenny in St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny take students of their First Year BA Degree in Kilkenny starting on Monday 23rd September. Students choosing to take this exciting new option will benefit by taking the 1st year of their BA degree close to home in a friendly, learner centered environment – before moving to the main NUI Maynooth Campus for 2nd and 3rd year. Those living locally will also have the advantage of making significant savings on travel and accommodation costs.
Subjects on offer: English; Anthropology OR Nua Ghaeilge; History; Geography; Sociology; Economics; Philosophy; Theology OR Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies.