College Chapel

Harry Clarke

In keeping with the rich legacy in Ireland of stained glass, St. Kieran’s College has fine examples of the art designed by Harry Clarke. These windows were executed by his Studios and can be admired in the College Chapel.

Over the years and in keeping with best practice in relation to the upkeep of stained glass, in the avoidance of unnecessary work, the College Authorities did not worry unduly about the condition of the stained glass windows and their maintenance. However in 2005, the College President became concerned about the impact of the protective storm glazing which had been installed many years previously on the chapel windows. As a result, two specialist firms were engaged to investigate fully, survey and report on the condition of the stained glass.

The conservation project was initiated in July 2006 and was concluded in July 2008. The confirmation of an initial Conservation Grant of €10,000 from the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government via Kilkenny County Council, in June 2007 helped to kick-start the actual work itself of conservation. The company, which guaranteed that they followed stated accepted best practice and which detailed the methodology they employed, were commissioned to carry out 3/5 of the work required.

The recommendations made were followed to the letter, with respect for the existing fabric and with a huge emphasis on reconstruction rather than re-creation.

In the final report from the Conservation Architect, the College President was greatly relieved and delighted to read that the works agreed, which excluded the outer lancet windows in the Sanctuary, were completed to a high standard. As a result the beautiful stained glass windows continue in their special role in illuminating the sacred space that is the College Chapel.

Pipe Organ

The Pipe Organ is situated on the west gallery of the beautiful College Chapel. It dates from about the 1800s and has been extensively rebuilt. Unfortunately, very little of the original organ remains intact today. At present it is totally unplayable and in a poor state.

The last major rebuild of the pipe organ was in 1964. It was increased considerably in physical size and moved to the side of the gallery. It was also “modernised”. All the original mechanical tracker action and soundboard was thrown out and replaced with 1960’s electric extension chests and electric action. Now almost 50 years later these electrical installations need to be replaced.

The original casework is still intact and is made of solid oak. While it too has suffered over the years there now exists a unique opportunity to restore the organ to its original specification and dimensions, using historically correct soundboards. Should this project proceed it will bring to completion the refurbishment of the College Chapel at all levels.

If you approve of this work and wish to be associated with the project a contribution/donation would be most welcome at this time. The plan is to collect a minimum of €15,000 and begin the basic work required.

All contributions to:

The Pipe Organ Restoration Fund

The President,

St. Kieran’s College,


Student Choir

We are very fortunate here in St Kieran’s College to have excellent school choirs.  These students contribute greatly to the liturgical life of the college providing wonderful music for the college masses; of which our College feast day on the 5th March must be the highlight.

These students, however, also sing for the College Christmas Carol service and on many other occasions during the year. Here below is a short piece sung by the junior choir in the college chapel.

Harry Clarke Window
Harry Clarke Window

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.

Friday 23rd
Sports Day for all students
Monday 26th
Open Night for Incoming First Years 2023 beginning at 6:30pm
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
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
Thursday 1st
3rd Year P/T meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Monday 12th
Christmas Exams Begin (Provisional)
Wednesday 21st @1pm
Christmas Holidays Begin
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)
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)
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
Monday 17th @8:50am
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Thursday 27th @7pm
Third Year Parents Information Evening for TY
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)
Friday 2nd @1pm
Summer Holidays Begin
Wednesday 7th
State Examinations Begin

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