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Carl’s Rhythm of the Dance Anniversary

Colaiste Iognaid’s music teacher, Carl Hession, was the composer for the ‘Rhythm of the Dance‘, the Irish music and dance show, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in Dollywood, Tennessee. Carl, who has been in the school since 1980, is currently regarded as one of traditional Irish music’s “finest accompanist, composers and arrangers“. Along with renowned fiddler, Frankie Gavin, Carl ...

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Clongowes immersed in Lesotho

Thirteen fifth year Clongowes students and four staff flew out on 23 March for the Second African Immersion Experience in Lesotho. Their main focus will be working for the Malealea Development Trust, a community based organisation that empowers people through participatory development and education projects. The Clongowes group will also work closely with the Irish Embassy there, involving them in ...

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Jesuit schools rugby sweep

Jesuit schools in Leinster were the winners of the three major schools rugby competitions this year. Belvedere College won the Leinster schools Senior rugby cup, Clongowes Wood College won the Leinster schools Junior rugby cup, and Gonzaga college won the Vinnie Murray Cup. The Clongowes Senior team also reached the semi-final of the Leinster senior cup and Gonzaga college Junior ...

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Gospel Choir Easter Monday broadcast

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir is featured on RTE Radio 1 on Easter Monday, March 24, at 9pm. The award-winning and hugely popular choir was recorded live in Gardiner Street Church on Thursday 13 March for RTE’s ‘In Concert’ programme. More than a regular concert, it features songs and the spoken reflections that echo the Easter themes. Entitled ‘Mourning, Loss, ...

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McVerry Trust fundraising trek in Lesotho

The Peter McVerry Trust (PMVT) is organising a ten day fundraising hike through Lesotho, known as the African ‘Mountain Kingdom’, in South Africa. The trek will start at the foot of the majestic Sekameng range and move through Tsehlanyane and Golden Gate Highlands National Parks which are famous for outstanding scenery, bushman paintings, and wildlife. Funds raised through the trek ...

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Slí Eile go to Santiago

“Not for the faint-hearted”! So says Slí Eile of its pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, from 27 May to 7 June. It seems that the physical journey, however, will only be moderately rigorous – early starts, long treks over the mountains, enduring hostel life, and so on. More challenging, maybe, will be the journey into the self, which is what ...

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Belvedere win Senior Cup

In a hard-fought contest against St Mary’s College, Belvedere College’s rugby team won the Leinster Schools’ Senior Cup on Sunday 16 March. Having beaten Terenure, Roscrea and Clongowes in the lead-up to the final, Belvedere were ready for a tough, demanding game. And so it was. They won by the narrowest of margins – 11-10 – with players on both ...

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Getting to grips with the Gospels

Manresa is starting a weekly evening lecture series on ‘Introducing the Gospels’. Delivered by Fr Brendan Comerford SJ, the lectures will elucidate the background of the Gospels and tackle such issues as for whom they were written, who Jesus was for the writers, who exactly the writers were, and what was going on in the communities for which they were ...

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Busy Broadcasting

It’s been a busy week media-wise for Jesuits and their colleagues. Piaras Jackson SJ was on the Seoige and O’Shea programme on RTE 1 television on Thursday March 13, talking about what has been misconstrued as ‘the Vatican’s new list of sins.’ Barney McGuckian tackled the same subject on RTE radio one’s Spirit Moves on Sunday 16. Two young people ...

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Mass of closure: homily of Fr Nicolás

The homily given by Father Adolfo Nicolás at the closing Mass of General Congregation 35 has been released in English. Speaking in Italian at the Church of the Gesù on March 6, Fr Nicolás reflected on ‘the logic of the Christian experience’: ‘God is love, and so we too love. God is mercy, and so we too show mercy. God ...

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