Clongowes has a proud tradition of cultural activities with music, drama and debating all part of life at the school.
Our vibrant music department has three school choirs, a full orchestra and a traditional music group. Boys can study music as part of the Junior and Senior curriculum or can opt to take part in musical activities outside of the classroom. Students are encouraged to take part and can avail of tuition to learn an instrument, join a choir or get involved in developing their own vocal skills. The school orchestra of over 70 instruments embarks on a European tour every other year whilst our active traditional group regularly play in local venues.
Inspired by the great orator Daniel O’Connell in the 19th century, both debating and public speaking have long and distinguished histories in the school. These are areas in which students have consistently excelled and teams regularly represent the college in inter-schools debating competitions. Students grow in confidence, learn to engage the audience and project their voices, to be focused, arrange their thoughts and speak with conviction, all of which are useful life skills.
Along with music and debating, participation in drama and the enabling of creative expression are important parts of a Clongowes education with opportunities for students to take part in various productions throughout the year. Drama has a long tradition at the school with several of our recent alumni regularly seen on stage and screen.