Last Wednesday saw the arrival of the much-anticipated Bicentenary Issue of The Clongownian in the school. The journal was presented to the Headmaster, Fr Leonard Moloney by the editor, Mr Declan O’Keeffe and later distributed to the pupils and staff. Every year The Clongownian attempts to reflect the breadth of activity in the school, be it academic, cultural, pastoral, religious or sporting and this issue is no different.
The front cover (and the leading feature article) pay tribute to the continued success of the Clongowes Transition Year Programme. The project – which is a jewel in the Clongowes crown – has gone from strength to strength since its introduction more than twenty years ago and deserves much praise for that. It is also an apposite metaphor for change in the college. While there may not always have been a Transition Year in Clongowes, Clongowes has always been in transition, and it has been its ability to grow and adapt that has made it the success that it continues to be today.
That is just the first in a plum pudding feature section that includes several historical pieces, which touch on aspects of the college’s long history and its many distinguished alumni: John Redmond, The Pale Rampart and the long life and slow death of ‘Gravel’ football amogst others. The volume is also peppered with many vignettes, largely taken from former history teacher, Mr Brendan Cullen’s Short History of Clongowes.
A limited number of copies of this historic volume is available and may be obtained by sending a cheque for €50 (incl p&p), made payable to Clongowes Wood College, to: The Editor, The Clongownian, Clongowes Wood College SJ, Clane, Co Kildare. All proceeds will go to the Alberto Hurtado Bursary Programme.
Declan O’Keeffe, Editor