Archives

Archives of the College

Currently, the Archives of the College is divided into two fully catalogued collections notably :

  • The Papers of the President’s Office
  • The College Archives

 

The Papers of the President’s Office are the de facto working papers of the President’s Office, thus much of the material here is of a confidential nature. However, all is not closed to those interesting in delving into aspects of the College’s history, as a great deal of the material here, such as the records pertaining to the College property, architects’ drawings, personnel on Foreign Missions, etc., was made available to the Rev. Fearghus Ó Fearghaill for his St. Kieran’s College Kilkenny 1782-1982 and was also mined by Bishop Birch’s for his St. Kieran’s College (1951).  Thus a careful reading of these invaluable reference books will answer most questions.

These Papers also include a sub-section entitled ‘Museum and Archives’ which contains rare items such as the fifteenth-century Book of Hours which was written up for the 1986 Old Kilkenny Review, pp.277-82. This prayer book was the gift of Cardinal Moran to the Library of the College on 12 April 1883.

The College Archives proper are generally made up of the registers and account books of the College, particular collections of papers, notably the notebook and papers of the Rev. William, Canon Carrigan, papers from the collection of the Rev. James Graves, one of the founder members of the old Kilkenny Archaeological Society (now the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland), papers from the collection of  John O’Donovan, the Dowling Papers and much else besides.

The Carrigan Collection has deservedly attracted, the greatest attention from scholars to-date, as many of the transcripts therein were extracted from documents lost as a result of the destruction of the Four Courts during the disturbances of 1922-3. A full index of this collection has been published in the Irish Genealogist and a copy is available upon request from the College’s Consultant Archivist.

Both of these collections of archives are fully catalogued and housed according to best archival practices.

Requests to use the Archives should be addressed via the College Office. However, it should be noted that an Archivist is in attendance at the College from time-to-time on a sessional basis only, but generally, every effort is made to accommodate and deal with all enquiries within a very short space of time.

Archive Footage

It is almost impossible to walk onto the college campus and not be aware of the great history of these grounds. Throughout the years St Kieran’s College has proudly been home to many great students and teachers, each of whom helped shape the history of this place.

Whether on the field of play, in a lecture hall or in the classroom past students formed many great memories as they passed through these grounds. Thankfully some of these memories have been captured through different media. Recently the family of Ned Costello, a former Irish teacher in the school (1939-1974), shared with us some footage that Ned recorded during his time here in the college.  This short clip of that footage shows how many famous and familiar faces populate our wonderful history.

Key Dates

Key Dates Academic Year 2024-2025

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.

August
Wednesday 21st
Staff Day (No school for students)
Thursday 22nd
6th Years return at 8:50
Friday 23rd
3rd Year students return 8:50am / 1st Year Induction at 11am
Monday 26th
2nd / 5th Years and TY students return to school at 8:50am
September
Monday 16th
Open Evening (Provisional)
Friday 20th
Sports Day (Provisional)
Monday 23rd
Free Day (No school for students)
October
Monday 7th - Friday 11th
October Exams (Provisional)
Monday 14th - Friday 25th
TY Work Experience (TBC)
Thursday 17th (4:15-6:45pm)
6th Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Friday 25th (1pm)
Midterm Break Begins
November
Monday 4th (8.50 am)
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursday 7th
Dept of Education Staff Training Day (No school for students)
Thursday 16th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
3rd Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Thursday 23rd (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
5th Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Friday 24th
Staff Training Day (No school for students)
Monday 27th
JCT Staff Training Cluster Day (No school for students)
December
Monday 2nd - Friday 6th
Christmas Exams (6th Years / 3rd Years - provisional)
Monday 16th - Friday 20th
Christmas Exams (1st / 2nd & 5th Years)
Friday 22nd (1pm)
Christmas Holidays Begin
January
Monday 6th (8:50am)
School Reopens after Christmas Holidays
Monday 20th
Oide Staff Training Day (No school for students)
Thursday 23rd (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
1st Year P/T Meeting
Thursday 30th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
2nd Year P/T Meeting
February
Tuesday 4th - Friday 14th
TY Work Experience (TBC)
Tuesday 4th - Friday 14th
Mock Examinations for JC & LC
Monday 3rd
St Brigid’s Day Bank Holiday - No School
Friday 14th February (1pm)
Midterm Break Begins
Monday 24th (8.50 am)
School Reopens after Midterm Break
Thursday 27th (4:15-6:45pm)
TY P/T Meeting
March
Entrance Assessment Test
Date to be decided
Friday 7th
St Kieran’s Day Activities
Monday 17th
School Closed (St Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 18th
Free Day (No school for students)
April
Monday 31st (May) - Friday 4th
Easter Exams (1st & 5th Years)
Friday 11th (1pm)
Easter Holidays Begin
Monday 28th
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
May
Monday 5th
School Closed (Bank Holiday)
Monday 26th
Summer Examinations Begin (Provisional)
Friday 30th (1pm)
Summer Holidays Begin
June
Wednesday 4th
Junior & Leaving cert exams start

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