Friday, 29th August 2014

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


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


€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: or

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


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 for an information brochure and application form. Closing date for applications is 31st July 2014.

Weddings at St Kieran’s College

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

Weddings at St Kieran’s College

Bishop Seamus Freeman has granted permission for the celebration of marriages of past pupils in the College Chapel.

Set in the magnificent grounds of St Kieran’s the College Chapel, which seats c. 180 people, is an ideal location for the celebration of marriage.

Any past-pupil thinking of celebrating their marriage here are invited to contact the College Office.


Tel: 056 7721086



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Rev. Seamus Henry

Posted on 23. May, 2014 by in Banner, eNewsletter, Past Pupils

This year a former staff member of St Kieran’s College Secondary School and a priest of the diocese Fr Seamus Henry died. Mr Art Anglin, retired from the school staff, recalls Seamus and working with him. 


Rev Seamus Henry

Fr Seamus was a very respected colleague of mine on the staff of St Kieran’s, while his parents were neighbours on the College Road. He taught the Physics/Chemistry course to the Leaving Cert class in St Kieran’s, very successfully.

Another colleague of Fr Henry, during his days in St Kieran’s was Mons. Michael Ryan who gave a wonderful sermon at Seamus’ funeral and from this I quote: “from his home in St Mary’s Parish, in Wellington Square, Seamus was blessed with the example of faith from his parents and the priests of his parish and the faith communities that he was part of in CBS Primary School and St Kieran’s College”.

Most noticeably Seamus was blessed with a fine intellect and as a result he could have taken any course in the university in 1954 but after prayer and reflection he offered himself as a candidate for the priesthood – that was the Marian Year – and all his life he had a great devotion to the B.V.M. I saw his Rosary with his Breviary on his coffin. His parents and his sister supported his decision to go to Maynooth.


Fr Henry’s graduation.

Fr Seamus was ordained on 18th June 1961 – the Patrician Year – and after one year in the parish of Durrow he was appointed to the teaching staff of St Kieran’s, a position he held for 19 years. Seamus was a gifted and dedicated teacher who gave his all to his pupils and expected no less in return from them.

He loved teaching; no doubt it was in his genes. His Dad, James Henry had come from Sligo to teach Science and Maths in the old Technical School on Parliament Street.

Later he was headmaster of the new City Vocational School when it opened in 1940, continuing in that position until he retired in 1955. He continued as a part time teacher well in to the 1970s.

Fr Seamus was happy to move from teaching back into parish ministry in 1982 when he moved to Ballyragget and his mother, who had been living on her own in College Road, moved with him. He moved to Freshford in 1987 and spent 24 years as Parish Priest there. He was a man of simple tastes both as teacher and as priest, gifted but unassuming.


Fr Henry

He spent his retirement in Freshford until he died of ill-health in 25th February 2014. Seamus is remembered fondly by many – parishioners and old school colleagues. His great contribution to the school and diocese is a testimony to the man he was.

Art Anglin

All-Ireland Champions

Posted on 12. Apr, 2014 by in Banner

All-Ireland Croke Cup Champions 2014

All-Ireland Croke Cup Champions 2014

Back Row: (left to right) Billy Hanlon, Ally Rafter, Joe Cuddihy, Eoin Walsh, Daniel O’Connor, Brian Cody, Ray Lahart, Conor O’Carroll, Michael Cody.

3rd Row: (left to right) Robert O’Flynn, Shane Walsh, Kieran Freeman, Bill Carrigan, Richie Leahy, Billy Ryan, Paul White, Edmond Delaney, Robbie Donnolly, Niall Walsh, Conor Murphy, Mr Ger Flood (trainer).

2nd Row: (left to right) Mr Liam Smith (trainer), Josh Haines, Dylan O’Shea, Jason Barcoe, Conor Browne, Tadhg O’Dwyer, Gavin Costigan, Tommy Walsh, Gary Tynan, Mr Ken Maher (trainer)

Front Row: (left to right) Jack Keoghan, Jason Byrne, Kevin Blanchfield, Jason Cleere, James Maher (captain), Darren Mullan, Liam Blanchfield, Sean Morrissey

19th Croke Cup Title for St Kieran’s College

St Kieran’s College captured the Croke Cup for a record 19th time following a 2-16 to 0-13 win over Kilkenny CBS in the 2014 All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Final.

Nowlan Park was the venue on Saturday April 5th for the first ever All-Kilkenny final. St Kieran’s went into this game as outsiders following defeat to the same opposition in the Leinster Final a month earlier, but confidence was high following a thrilling quarter final win over St Brigid’s, Loughrea after extra time and then an outstanding performance and victory over competition favourites Ardscoil Ris, Limerick in the semi final. (Click here for St Kieran’s V Ardscoil Ris Match Report in Kilkenny People and here for photos from that game).

James receiving the Croke Cup Gif

James Maher receiving the Croke Cup

St Kieran’s started slowly in the final and trailed early in the game by 0-5 to 0-0. All was about to change however as Conor O’Carroll set up Brian Cody to score the 1st goal of the game in the 13th minute. St Kieran’s were right back in the game. At half time the score was level 0-7 to 1-4. Two quick points from Kilkenny CBS at the start of the 2nd half were immediately followed by the 2nd goal of the game for St Kieran’s scored by Tadhg O’Dwyer who flicked the ball brilliantly to the net to put St Kieran’s ahead for the first time in the game. From here to the finish St Kieran’s produced the display of the year, outscoring the opposition by 0-12 to 0-4 and powered on to a famous 2-16 to 0-13 victory in the end. James Maher accepted the Croke Cup on behalf of the team, just as his father Noel had done in 1990. James and Noel now join Ted (1957) and David Carroll (1996) as father and son All-Ireland Colleges winning captains.

Well done to everyone involved on this outstanding achievement as another glorious chapter is added to the proud hurling tradition of St Kieran’s College.

For all the match reports in the Kilkenny People on Wednesday April 9th click on the links below.

Click on Kieran’s are Kings of the hurling Castle for John Knox’s report on the game.

Click here for Trevor Spillane’s Reports

Click on the links here for No Losers in the Family Final and  photos in the Kilkenny People.

For reports in the National Newspapers click on the links below.

Irish Independent Match Report

Irish Times Match Report

To see Highlights of the game click on the Youtube link below.

To see the Full Game (TG4 coverage) click on the Youtube link below.

To see the after game celebrations and the presentation of the Croke Cup click on the Youtube link below.

For a full Preview of the Game, including media articles, videos and photos click on the link.

Click on this link for the Match Programme for the 2014 All-Ireland post Primary Schools A Final.

For photos and report on the Leinster semi final victory over Colaiste Eoin, Dublin click here.

For photos and report on the Leinster quarter final victory over Castlecomer CS click here.

For photos and report on the Leinster League Final victory over Kilkenny CBS click here.

Click on the Youtube link below to enjoy Shane Walsh’s promotional video for the Leinster Final earlier in the year

All-Ireland Final

Posted on 04. Apr, 2014 by in Banner

St Kieran's College finalists

Good luck to all the players and the management team of Mr Liam Smith, Mr Ken Maher and Mr Ger Flood in the All-Ireland Colleges Final in Nowlan Park on Saturday April 5th at 5pm.  St Kieran’s will go into this game as underdogs but the team has improved steadily since the Leinster Final defeat to Kilkenny CBS less than a month ago and hopes are high that the lads will produce a big performance on the day to land a record 19th Croke Cup Title for the school. Preparations have gone well and the two recent victories over St Bridgid’s, Loughrea and Ardscoil Ris, Limerick in the All-Ireland series will give the lads great confidence heading into the final. We wish everybody involved the very best of luck and we look forward to what promises to be an enthralling game.

For previews of the game in The Kilkenny People click on the links below:

John Knox’s preview and the Croke Cup Roll of Honour

Kilkenny People All-Ireland Final Preview

Meet the St Kieran’s Players

Meet the Kilkenny CBS Players

Brother against Brother in Unique Final

The St Kieran’s College senior hurling panel:

Alexander Rafter (St Lachtain’s)

Bill Carrigan  (Clara)

Billy Hanlon (Barrow Rangers)

Billy Ryan (Graigue Balllycallan)

Brian Cody (Ballyhale ShamrocConor Browne (James Stephens)

Conor Murphy (Graigue Ballycallan)

Conor O’ Carroll (Lisdowney)

Daniel O’ Connor (O’ Loughlin Gaels)

Darren Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

Dylan O’ Shea (James Stephens)

Eddie Delaney (Conahy Shamrocks)

Eoin Walsh (Lisdowney)

Gary Tynan (Danesfort)

Gavin Costigan (James Stephens)

Jack Keoghan (Tullaroan)

James Maher (St Lachtain’s)- Captain

Jason Barcoe (Clara)

Jason Byrne  (Clara)

Jason Cleere (Bennettsbridge)

Joe Cuddihy (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

Josh Haines (John Lockes)

Kevin Blanchfield (Bennettsbridge)

Kieran Freeman (Durrow Harps)

Liam Blanchfield (Bennettsbridge)

Michael Cody (Dunnamaggin)

Niall Walsh (Windgap)

Paul White (St Lachtain’s)

Ray Lahart (James Stephens)

Richie Leahy (Rower Inistioge)

Robbie Donnelly (Thomastown)

Sean Morrissey (Bennettsbridge)

Shane Walsh (Tullaroan)

Tadgh O’ Dwyer (James Stephens)

Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan)

First edition of the Past Pupils Newsletter

Posted on 07. Mar, 2014 by in Banner, eNewsletter, SKC App


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.

So get in touch with us and keep your St Kieran’s connection alive - subscribe to the St Kieran’s College Past Pupils eNewsletter at and add your email address to the past pupil section of the website, email or contact St Kieran’s College at 056-7721086

Subscribe to the Past Pupils eNewsletter here

Download the first edition of the Past Pupils Newsletter here.


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 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.

League Champions

Posted on 13. Dec, 2013 by in Banner


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.

League Champions

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).