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College Record 1966

EVENTS in the College have now been chronicled in this  biennial form for a decade for it was in 1956 that ST. KIERAN’S COLLEGE first made its diffident bow to the public. Set against the 183 years of the College’s existence, a span of ten years diminished into insignificance, yet the changes which have taken place in that decade match those of any other similar period one cares to name. These arc not evident in stone and wood and glass, though a closer scrutiny shows that the material structure is not so unchanging as a first glanre might suggest, but the changes lie in less tangible form. The Vatican Council and the Report of the Commission on Education, in their separate spheres, are both reacting on the kind of education that is being given today to students, lay and clerical – outward-looking, searching, challenging, optimistic. A teaching; staff of twenty-seven, as against twenty-two a decade ago, indicates the awareness of the College of its responsibility in keeping apace with the strides education is now making.

In this Golden Jubilee Year of the 1916 Rising, ST. KIERAN S COLLEGE RECORD pays tribute to the leaders of the Insurrection in the person of Thomas MacDonagh, one-time teacher in the College. Father Gerard Rice has dug deep into the character of the man and the Kilkenny of the period when MacDonagh walked between St. Kieran’s and his lodgings in High Street. The result is a critical and authoritative evaluation of the teacher, poet and soldier. The remammg articles, features, students’ reviews, news reports, miscellania, in their wide diversification, all have the purpose of entertaining our readers, and bringing them into closer touch with the College. Of one department at the end of the RECORD it is difficult to escape the feeling that it is the most popular of all – an idea that seems to reflect on the mentality of our readers and on the value of the more seriously considered pages which precede it. The department is titled “News from Far and Near.” It does not demand imaginative writing; its content is completely governed by the material sent in by correspondents. If some areas of the globe get more cover than others, this is not a measure of. their greater imJJOrtance, but merely that other parts, equally cherished, have less diligent correspondents. So let. us make a pressing appeal to our readers by qualifying the title of this department: “More News from Farther and N;arer.”

The 1964 issue of the RECORD had scarcely appeared when the College changed its President. Canon Gabriel Loughry made way for Canon John Holohan. May we wish both men ‘Ad multos annos’: the one on the banks of his beloved Nore at its most picturesque point, Inistioge, and the other in that most responsible and influential post, the President’s Room.

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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.

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
Monday 16th
Open Evening
Friday 20th
Sports Day
Monday 23rd
Free Day (No school for students)
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
Monday 4th (8.50 am)
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursday 7th
Dept of Education Staff Training Day (No school for students)
Thursday 14th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
3rd Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Thursday 21st (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
5th Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Friday 22nd
Staff Training Day (No school for students)
Monday 2nd - Friday 6th
Christmas Exams (6th Years / 3rd Years - provisional)
Monday 16th - Friday 20th
Christmas Exams (1st / 2nd & 5th Years)
Friday 20th (1pm)
Christmas Holidays Begin
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
Monday 3rd
St Brigid’s Day Bank Holiday - No School
Tuesday 4th - Friday 14th
TY Work Experience (TBC)
Tuesday 4th - Friday 14th
Mock Examinations for JC & LC
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
Saturday 1st
Entrance Assessment Test
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)
Monday 31st (March) - Friday 4th
Easter Exams (1st & 5th Years)
Friday 11th (1pm)
Easter Holidays Begin
Monday 28th
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Monday 5th
School Closed (Bank Holiday)
Monday 26th
Summer Examinations Begin (Provisional)
Friday 30th (1pm)
Summer Holidays Begin
Wednesday 4th
Junior & Leaving cert exams start

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