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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an information brochure and application form. Closing date for applications is 31st July 2014.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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!