The Chapel Organ at the heart of St Kieran’s College

For some years now the College Organ in the Chapel at the heart of the College, has been in need of work.  

In a state of bad disrepair it was the last aspect of the wonderful College Chapel that needed attention.  But care had to be taken to ensure that a fitting restoration was undertaken.  
 
Having consulted with several experts in this area finally it was decided to use the skills of Derek Verso, of the Fine Tuning Company, to undertake the complete restoration and refitting of the wonderful Oak Organ that sat in the choir loft of the College Chapel. 
 
Following months of dedicated and careful work the College Organ from 1850 was once again heard in the College Chapel on the occasion of the College Reunion in August of this year. As part of the considerable works of restoration many of the original pipes were managed to be retrained and so these wooden pipes from the 1850s once again played their mellowed tones. In undertaking the work Derek researched with colleagues in the UK and found photos of two extremely similar instruments both dated and signed by the builder in 1850. Therefore it is possible to confirm that the College organ was built by Bevington & Sons, London during the1850s. Bevington was one of the most notable organ builders of 19th century and, interestingly, built many organs in the Kilkenny/Ossory Diocese (including both Cathedrals in Kilkenny, St Canice’s Parish, Castlecomer Parish in 1854 and St Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin in 1862. The College Organ then is in fine company and this was a most worthwhile project to have it restored. 
 
It now sits proudly in the Chapel and its sounds are heard as music students of the College come to hone their gift – to practice, perform or lead prayer. It is wonderful to have an old friend sound again.  

Key Dates

Key Dates

Please note: It may be necessary to reschedule some of the below times and dates. Please check the school website throughout the year for confirmation of the most up to date information.

September
Friday 23rd
Sports Day for all students
Monday 26th
Open Night for Incoming First Years 2023 beginning at 6:30pm
October
Monday 17th - Friday 28th
TY Work Experience
Thursday 27th
6th Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Friday 28th
Midterm Break Begins at 1pm
November
Monday 7th
School reopens after Mid-Term Break at 8:50am
Thursday 10th
6th Year Careers Information Evening for Parents at 7pm
Thursday 17th
5th Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Friday 25th
Staff Training Day - No school for students
Monday 28th
JCT Cluster Day - No school for students
December
Thursday 1st
3rd Year P/T meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Monday 12th
Christmas Exams Begin (Provisional)
Wednesday 21st @1pm
Christmas Holidays Begin
January
Thursday 5th
School reopens after Christmas at 8:50am
Thursday 12th
Subject Choice Meeting for 1st Year Parents
Thursday 19th
1st Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Thursday 26th
2nd Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
February
Monday 6th
St Brigid's Day (School Closed)
Thursday 9th (7pm)
Subject Choice Meeting for TY Parents
Friday 10th @1pm
Mid-Term Break Begins
Monday 20th
Class resumes after Mid-Term Break (8:50am)
Thursday 23rd
Transition Year P/T meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
March
Saturday 11th
Entrance Assessment Test
Friday 17th
St Patrick's Day (School Closed)
Monday 20th
JCT State Training Day (No School for Students)
Friday 31st @ 1pm
Easter Holidays Begin
April
Monday 17th @8:50am
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Thursday 27th @7pm
Third Year Parents Information Evening for TY
May
Monday 1st
Bank Holiday (School Closed)
Tuesday 2nd
Free Day (School Closed)
Monday 23rd
End of Year Awards Night
Monday 29th
Summer Exams Begin (Provisional)
June
Friday 2nd @1pm
Summer Holidays Begin
Wednesday 7th
State Examinations Begin

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