Ethos Blog

  • Living the Fourth

    The annual Kairos Retreat started on Monday, September 19th in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and concluded on Thursday 22nd in the Boys’ Chapel in Clongowes. This is the 18th year of the Kairos model, which originally took place in Clongowes during the first school break, but for the past six years has chosen St. Patrick’s College as its venue. […]

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  • Pilgrims’ Progress

    On Wednesday the 7th of September, four Rhetoric students – Conor Galvin, Ben Messayeh, Sean McCrohan and Daniel Lumb (left to right above) – travelled to Lourdes as part of the Dublin Diocesan Annual Pilgrimage. They were accompanied by Fr Dermot Murray SJ, Mr Francis Marron, Mrs Eileen Lumb and one of our GAP students […]

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  • A View from the Basement

    Last week RTÉ1 Television broadcast a documentary on the life and work of Peter McVerry SJ. The title is ‘Peter McVerry: A view from the basement’. Including extensive interviews with Peter himself and with many people whom he has helped, the documentary traces his story from his boarding days in Clongowes Wood College, to his days in […]

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  • 60 years and counting

    It may have crossed Fr Michael Sheil’s mind yesterday morning as the gentlemen of Rhetoric applauded him along the corridor of the 1966 Building to the Concourse where the school community had assembled to surprise him, that neither building had existed in 1956, the year that he left Clongowes and – three months later – […]

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  • Lourdes Pilgrimage

    Lourdes Pilgrimage On Wednesday the 7th of September, five Rhetoric students – Charles Coonan, Conor Galvin, Sean McCrohan, Daniel Lumb and Ben Messayeh – will travel to Lourdes as part of the Dublin Diocesan Annual Pilgrimage. They will be accompanied by Mr Francis Marron, Fr Dermot Murray SJ, Mrs Eileen Lumb and one of our […]

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  • Morning Glory

    Last Thursday School Captain, Conor Galvin (pictured above with his predecessor, Conor Slattery) delivered a Morning Prayer in which he mused on the true nature of tragedy in our world… When I began to research what I would speak about at this Morning Prayer, I was flicking through pages on the Internet when I saw […]

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  • And so it begins…

    As they tucked themselves into the front rows of the Boys’ Chapel on Friday, it probably didn’t occur to the young gentlemen of Rhetoric 2022 that the year they will graduate from Clongowes will see the nation celebrate its centenary. It probably didn’t occur to them as they were far too intent on creating their […]

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  • Following the Way

    Last month forty seven pilgrims from Clongowes made their ways to the Basque Country in Northern Spain, there to embark on a pilgrimage that would lead them from the birthplace of St Ignatius in Loyola to one of the most important Ignatian sites in Manresa while also dipping their toes in the Camino de Santiago. […]

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  • Union Day 2016

    Union Day is one of the great traditions that have helped to make Clongowes what it is and has been gracing the grounds of the old Castle Browne for well over a century, ever since the first event on June 5th 1898. While the attendees in this second year of our third century may not […]

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