Wednesday, 5th August 2015

First Arts Accommodation at St Kieran’s College

Posted on 02. Aug, 2015 by in Banner

First Arts Accommodation at St Kieran’s College

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Birchfield is an attractive residence located within the beautiful grounds of St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, offering individual bedroom accommodation with the option of ensuite or shared bathroom facilities, fully fitted kitchen/living room, comfortable lounge area and enjoy excellent facilites and professional management. Birchfield, our newest development at Kilkenny located in the picturesque grounds of St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny. Birchfield accommodates up to 18 students. Please note: Birchfield is a non-smoking residence.

Further information on the accommodation and facilities can be found on www.stkieranscollege.ie/campus/accommodation/student-accommodation-info

Full information regarding the booking of accommodation and payment can be found on http://www.stkieranscollege.ie/campus/accommodation/booking

Any further information or information on bookings contact

Accommodation at St Kieran’s College
St Kieran’s College, College Road, Kilkenny
t 056 7753629
e accommodation@stkieranscollege.ie 
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Days for Clergy

Posted on 02. Aug, 2015 by in Banner

Days for Clergy – Day of Reflection for Priests

Tuesday, 18th August 2015, St Kieran’s College Kilkenny

Priesthood: Caring for the Bereaved. 

Speakers: Fr Paddy Wilson, Dublin Diocese; Fr Chris Hayden, Ferns Diocese; Ms Patricia Wilson, Bereavement Councellor, Kilkenny

Priests of Ossory and those from neighbouring dioceses (Kildare & Leighlin, Ferns, Waterford & Lismore and Cashel & Emly) are invited to come together for some theology, prayer and importantly to spend time together socially so that we may learn from and support each other in ministry at a reflection day on Tuesday August 18th, this year, from 11am-4.30pm.

So as to have the day focused on something that will be of obvious and immediate benefit to ministry we have put together a day on “Priesthood Caring for the Bereaved”, see below for the programme for that day.

For further information or for those who would like to attend please contact St Kieran’s College at 056-7721086 or email admin@stkieranscollege.ie

Running Order of the Day

  • 11.00am Gathering with a coffee
  • 11.30-12.30pm Death: What is it we believe? Fr Chris Hayden
  • 1.00-2.00pm Lunch (Soup and Sandwiches)
  • 2.00-3.00pm Our Funeral Liturgies: Consoling the bereaved. Fr Paddy Sweeney
  • 3.15-4.15pm The task of caring while encountering loss. Ms Patricia Wilson
  • 4.30pm Coffee and day’s Conclusion

Coaching Academy

Posted on 25. Jun, 2015 by in Banner

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All of us search for that extra percent to help in competition. We do everything we can to get the most out of ourselves, our teams and our training sessions.

With this in mind St Kieran’s College and Michael Rice have come together to offer, over the summer months, a number of coaching courses aimed at those involved with hurling teams. From the attached brochure it is an attractive opportunity for coaches to get insights from, and to ask question of some of those deeply involved in the game here in Kilkenny. The weekend offers participants an opportunity to explore all aspects of the game of hurling; including core concepts of the various areas on the field of play, training drills, analysis, nutrition, sports psychology, injury prevention and much more. (To download the brochure click here Coaching Academy Brochure)

We look forward to welcoming you to St Kieran’s College and Kilkenny should you be interested. To ensure that participants get the most from the weekend numbers will be limited for the course.

Click here for Full Weekend Coaching Academy Course Info

Click here for Coaching Academy Booking Details

Contact details

Tel. 056 7753629

Email: coachingacademy@stkieranscollege.ie

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Certificate in Theological Studies 2015/2016

Posted on 25. Jun, 2015 by in Banner

St Patrick's Colletge Maynooth Ossory Adult Faith Development St Kieran's College NUIM

With the advent of Parish Pastoral Councils and the structured involvement of lay people in the life of the diocese, St Kieran’s College Kilkenny, as part of its mission of education and formation, wishes to offer, on behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Ossory, a programme of education for those involved in parish life.

The Programme will be accredited by St Patrick’s College Maynooth as a Level 7 Certificate in Theological Studies (20 credit ECTS).The programme will be offered on the Kilkenny Campus of  NUI Maynooth, based at  St Kieran’s College. It will continue a tradition of education based on the values of the gospel, of both lay and clerical students, which began in 1782.

This course will be of interest to people who are involved in parish life or to those who are involved with the Diocesan Forum. It may also be of interest to those who wish to deepen and enrich their own understanding of their faith and who are prepared to become involved in parish life.

 

Course Aims

To provide general theological education and formation in the main aspects of faith.

To provide the theological background needed for lay involvement and leadership roles at parish and diocesan level.

Specific Admission Requirements

Applicants under 23 must have achieved matriculation requirements.

Applicants over 23 are asked to submit a short piece of no more than 100 words on why they want to do this course.

Final selection will be based on a short interview.

Special requirements for progression to Certification

Attendance and participation (85% attendance mandatory).

Satisfactory completion of assignments.

Methods of Assessment

Written assignment will be completed at the end of each module.

The assignment will be decided by the staff member in charge of the module. Such an assignment could range from an essay, a reflective project or review, the completion of class assignments or a learning journal.

Course Duration

100 hours part-time over one academic year from September to May

Fee

€400 (Parish sponsorship may be available for those who gain a place on the course).

For further information please contact the following:

Declan Murphy M.A. (Course Director)

Email: theology@ossory.ie or declanmurphy@ossory.ie

Telephone 056-7753624 or 087-9081470

Application Forms can be downloaded HERE

Monsignor Tommy Maher (RIP)

Posted on 27. Mar, 2015 by in Banner

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5th March 1982, Tommy Maher begins the celebrations.

In the death of Mgr Tommy Maher St Kieran’s College has lost one of our great past pupils, a legendary former staff member and former President.  Mgr Tommy served here from 1964 until 1983 and was President of St Kieran’s College from 1973 to 1983.  Conscious of his contribution to St Kieran’s College and in particular his love of, and dedication to, the game of hurling we invited the Chairman of Kilkenny County Board, Ned Quinn to prepare a piece on Tommy.  We are honoured to have it to mark this sad occasion.

Rev Dr Dermot Ryan, 
President 

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All-Ireland Senior 1965

It is both a great privilege and deeply humbling for me as the current Chairman of Kilkenny GAA County Board to have been invited by St Kieran’s College to pay tribute today to Monsignor Tommy Maher who during his life has made such a enormous contribution to the College, to the Parish of Mullinavat and to Kilkenny Hurling.

All will have their own particular memories of Fr Tommy and the positive influence that he was as a teacher and subsequently as President of St Kieran’s College and of his time as Parish Priest of Mullinavat where his footprint continues to be visible every day. I should say that the care, loyalty and support shown to him during his latter time in that parish spoke far more eloquently of the regard people had for him than any words could possibly do.

Hurling was a major part of Fr Tommy’s life. He was an outstanding hurler himself and was a member of the 1946 Kilkenny All-Ireland Senior hurling final panel and but for his vocation to the priesthood he would have been part of Kilkenny All-Ireland winning team of 1947.

Despite having to call time on his playing career at a relatively young age the then young priest continued his involvement in the game and went on to become one of the most visionary and successful coaches of all time. He was instrumental along with Donie Nealon, Tipperary; Dessie Ferguson, Dublin; John Hanly, Clare;  and Ned Power, Waterford in setting up the first ever Hurling Coaches courses initially in Gormanstown and subsequently in St Kieran’s College. These were the forerunners to the Coaching Courses that are available today and that continue to offer so much to our game.

His achievements with St Kieran’s College, with Kilkenny and the Mullinavat team, whom he coached to Junior Co-Championship honours in 1984 (their first such title in almost 40 years) are legendary.

With St Kieran’s he reestablished the College amongst hurling’s elite and his legacy there is that they are now top of the second level schools National Roll of Honour and will be hoping to stretch that lead when the contest this year’s All-Ireland Final on Saturday next (4th April).

Of course, it was his role as coach to the Kilkenny team that brought him to National Prominence.  It is difficult now to realise the fallow period that Kilkenny  hurling was experiencing when the then Co Secretary, the late Paddy Grace, invited him to take on the role in 1957.  Suffice to say only one All-Ireland, that of 1947, had been won in the previous 16 years. What was to follow then, and what has followed since, could not have been foreseen but there can be no doubt but that the All-Ireland victory achieved in 1957, his first year in charge was seminal in changing the course of our County’s hurling history. Further All-Ireland successes followed in ’63, ’67, ’69, ’72, ’74 and ’75 before Fr Tommy relinquished his position.

What has followed since in Kilkenny GAA owes much to his work as Coach over that period of time. He revolutionised the approach to coaching and training teams and it can hardly be a coincidence that each of our successful County Team Managers in the intervening years – Pat Henderson, Eddie Keher, Ollie Walsh and now Brian Cody – all played on teams that he coached.

So as we say our final farewell to someone who has contributed so much to hurling, to St Kieran’s College, to the parish of Mullinavat and to Kilkenny hurling in particular, we express our sympathy to the members of the Maher family, to the College community, to his brother Priests and to those in the hurling family of Kilkenny all who owe this man so much.

Ned Quinn,
Chairman Kilkenny County Board  

St Kieran’s Alumni

Posted on 06. Sep, 2014 by in Banner

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Alumni of St. Kieran’s College, layside class of 1958-63, who were reunited at the college on Thursday 21st. August to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of completing their secondary education (native place and current residence included):
Front (left to right): John Kinsella (Mooncoin/Carlow), Fr. Tom Norris (Knocktopher/Rome), John Gowen (Kilkenny City), Michael Kelly (Hollywood/Blessington, Co. Wicklow), Joe Lambe (former teacher), Mons. Jim Walsh (Knocktopher/recently of San Jose USA), Fr. Seamus McEvoy (former teacher); second row: Dr. Dermot Ryan, College President, John Burke (Rathdowney/Carlow), Matt Quinlan (Roscrea/Newmarket on Fergus), John Carroll (Pike of Rushall), Paddy Carroll (Ballyragget), Brendan McCann (Dublin/Kilkenny/Delgany), Tom Holden (Stonyford), John Curtis (College Principal); third row: Denis Bergin (Durrow, Laois/Shannon Harbour, Offaly); James Brennan (Ballyouskill/Dublin), Pat Delaney (Rathdowney), Michael Fennelly (Ballycallan/Dublin), Kieran Dollard (Kilkenny City/Waterford), Sean Cahill (KIlkenny City/Kill, Co. Kildare), Tom O’Shea (Piltown/New Ross), Mons. Ciarán Ó Mearáin (former prefect); back row: Fr. Pat O ‘Farrell (Knocktopher/Lisdowney), Michael Crotty (Kilkenny City)

Fifty years is a long time to be away from a place, but for the twenty-five former students of St. Kieran’s College who gathered there for a reunion last week, some things had not changed at all (the old class halls, the walks, the undependable clock, the hurling trophies on display) and some things had changed beyond recognition (the number and variety of the staff, the range of subjects studied, the amount of extracurricular activity).

The visiting group, made up of former boarders and day-boys from the late 1950s-early 1960s era, also included two of its surviving teachers (Fr. Seamus McEvoy, now ministering in Seir Kieran, and Joe Lambe, Castlecomer Road) and a former head prefect (Monsignor Ciarán Ó Mearáin, formerly of Camden diocese, New Jersey, and now living in retirement in Dublin).

Before the formalities began in the afternoon of Thursday August 21st., a small group toured the classrooms, library and learning areas of the National University of Ireland at Maynooth in the former seminary facilities. They also visited the former Burrell’s Hall student residential complex, which is now a temporary home to approximately twenty technical and service research and development companies.

The incubation units co-ordinated by RIKON, a service of Waterford Institute of Technology, offer an amazing variety of activities in areas as varied as tourism, agricultural technology and telecommunications. Also there is the offices of the Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency.

The residential units in the adjoining Birchfield residences are now available for Arts students who study for a year at the Kilkenny campus before continuing at the main campus in Maynooth.

Mass in the college chapel was concelebrated by priests from the class and the college, led by Fr. Tom Norris, now Spiritual Director of the Irish College in Rome, and Rev Dr. Dermot Ryan, College President. Also in attendance was Monsignor Jim Walsh, a class member now retired from service in the diocese of San Jose, California.

A reception was held in the college parlour at which Dr. Ryan gave an inspiring assessment of the role of St. Kieran’s College in the region, the country and (as represented by its alumni) the world at large. He observed, if St Kieran’s doesn’t make a real difference in the life of its students, then it has no reason to exist. But, and this was his point, the consensus of those gathered was that it did and does make a massive difference: Time and again the results in everything from Leaving Certificate examinations to sporting championships to semi-academic competitions and award schemes suggested that the ‘black and white’ of the college colours really adds something to its students.

St Kieran’s College Reunion 2014

Posted on 17. Aug, 2014 by in Banner, Reunions

Each year on the first Tuesday after the 15th of August – this year the 19th August – the grounds of the College will be awash with colour as we are home to the St Kieran’s Reunion. It is a wonderful occasion for which many, who were ordained from the College, return from all parts of the world to celebrate together.

While all who studied here are most welcome, special attention is paid to the Jubilarians. For this reunion those who are celebrating jubilees are invited back from all parts of the world and will gather in the College to celebrate together on that day. Priests will join in the celebration from around Ireland, England and hopefully, also, even further afield. Those returning love to meet and renew connections with those here in the diocese.

The celebrations begin with a concelebrated Mass in the College Chapel at which Bishop Seamus Freeman will preside.

Class of 1963 Reunion

Posted on 17. Aug, 2014 by in Banner, Past Pupils, Reunions

On Thursday, August 21st, St Kieran’s College is delighted to welcome back the class of 1963 for their Class Reunion.  A lot of memories were made during their years here in the College (1958-1963) and we look forward to sharing those with them when they call into the College on that afternoon. Work to prepare the reunion has been carried out by one of that class – Denis Bergin.  

The class will meet around 4.30 p.m in St Kieran’s College for a Mass at 5.15.  Following the Mass Rev. Dr Dermot Ryan, as College President, will host a reception for the past pupils at 6pm before they depart for a meal in Langtons at 7.30pm. Maeve O’Byrne, Co-ordinator of the Maynooth Outreach which is located on the grounds of the College, will show the former students much of what is happening with this third level campus in St Kieran’s now and Mr John Curtis, as School Principal, will be on hand to welcome the lads back to the school and to show them not only the corridors and classrooms that will evoke so many memories but also give them a flavour of the many activities our students take part in today.

We look forward to this reunion – one of many had each year in the College.

Certificate in Theological Studies 2014/2015

Posted on 20. Jul, 2014 by in Banner

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With the advent of Parish Pastoral Councils and the structured involvement of lay people in the life of the diocese, St Kieran’s College Kilkenny, as part of its mission of education and formation, wishes to offer, on behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Ossory, a programme of education for those involved in parish life.

The Programme will be accredited by St Patrick’s College Maynooth as a Level 7 Certificate in Theological Studies (20 credit ECTS).The programme will be offered on the Kilkenny Campus of  NUI Maynooth, based at  St Kieran’s College. It will continue a tradition of education based on the values of the gospel, of both lay and clerical students, which began in 1782.

This course will be of interest to people who are involved in parish life or to those who are involved with the Diocesan Forum. It may also be of interest to those who wish to deepen and enrich their own understanding of their faith and who are prepared to become involved in parish life.

St Patrick's Colletge Maynooth Ossory Adult Faith Development St Kieran's College NUIM

Course Aims

  • To provide general theological education and formation in the main aspects of faith.
  • To provide the theological background needed for lay involvement and leadership roles at parish and diocesan level.

Specific Admission Requirements

  • Applicants under 23 must have achieved matriculation requirements.
  • Applicants over 23 are asked to submit a short piece of no more than 100 words on why they want to do this course.
  • Final selection will be based on a short interview.

Special requirements for progression to Certification

  • Attendance and participation (85% attendance mandatory).
  • Satisfactory completion of assignments.

Methods of Assessment

  • Written assignment will be completed at the end of each module.
  • The assignment will be decided by the staff member in charge of the module. Such an assignment could range from an essay, a reflective project or review, the completion of class assignments or a learning journal.

Course Duration

100 hours part-time over one academic year from September to May

Fee

€400 (Parish sponsorship may be available for those who gain a place on the course).

For further information please contact the following:

Declan Murphy M.A. (Course Director)

Email: theology@ossory.ie or declanmurphy@ossory.ie

Telephone 056-7753624 or 087-9081470

Application Forms can be downloaded HERE

Closing date for applications: 22nd August 2014

Diploma in Catholic Education

Posted on 24. May, 2014 by in Banner, College News, eNewsletter, Past Pupils

Diploma in Catholic Education

St Kieran’s College in joint initiative with Notre Dame and Maynooth

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St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, is about to embark on a joint education initiative with the renowned American University of Notre Dame and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

To download the brochure and application form click on the links below

DCE Brochure

DCE Application Form

The country’s oldest secondary school with a strong tradition in learning has introduced a new Diploma in Catholic Education and will join forces with the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and St Patrick’s College to run the special programme for teachers.

The Diploma, which takes place in the magnificent setting of St Kieran’s College is a Level 8 Course, and it aims to equip and support both primary and post-primary school teachers in exploring and understanding the special ethos which underpins Catholic schools. By increasing awareness of the faith and how it should shape the role of the educator, this new course will enable participants to contribute more actively to the Catholic school ethos.

Welcoming the launch of the Diploma, Fr Dermot Ryan, President of St Kieran’s College said “We are fortunate to have so many great teachers in all our schools in Kilkenny and supporting them we are very excited about this innovation and we hope to inspire them towards a greater understanding of the history and theology on which Catholic education is founded. It is important that Catholic school teachers be aware of their particular role and responsibilities and so the course is designed to promote a deeper sense of spirituality and how that finds meaningful expression in the day-to-day school experience”.

While the course is intended for those who currently hold a teaching position, it is also suitable for mature students who want to pursue further study, for H.Dip students, or for those currently seeking a teaching position. It may also be of interest to anyone thinking of a role in management and who wishes to gain a better insight into the Catholic school ethos. 

Course Director Mr Ken Maher said “the Diploma in Catholic Education will provide a very practical resource for all teachers and will assist in their on-going vocational development. Critically, it will also ensure the ready supply of well-informed staff for the Catholic school sector”.

The Course comprises six modules and will run for one night per week over one academic year. Four of the modules will be conducted during a two-week residential summer school at the Parknasilla Resort and Spa in Kerry. Three retreats will be offered during the year together with a number of social events. Topics to be covered include Foundations of Catholic Education, Spirituality of the Catholic Teacher, Catholic School Teaching and Educational Leadership, Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Theology, Learning From Jesus the Teacher, and Christian Discipleship.

Anyone interested in applying for the Diploma in Catholic Education Programme should contact the Course Director, Mr Ken Maher, at 056 7753628 or email dce@stkieranscollege.ie for an information brochure and application form. Closing date for applications is 31st July 2014.