- Rob Kearney, who left Clongowes in 2004, played brilliantly for the British & Irish Lions in South Africa this summer. He came on as a replacement in the first test, and gave such an outstanding display that he was picked for the remaining two test matches. In the second test he scored the Lions’ opening try, and then showed remarkable composure under the high ball and with both tactical and defensive kicking; and he was always ready to turn defence into attack. Already part of the Irish team that won the Grand Slam, and of the Leinster team that won the Heineken Cup, and still only 23 years old, this is an Old Clongownian with a future.
- In the Central African Republic, the JRS School and Latrines Project has received approval from Irish Aid for a grant of Euro 234,256 which is the full amount sought. Director Eugen Quinn is over the moon.
- Noelle Fitzpatrick of Sli Eile used an article in the Irish Catholic to seek volunteers who would develop the work of Zamcraft, the organisation that links craft artists in Zambia with an Irish and European market.
- Clongowes has just awarded a scholarship to Ryan Gleeson, who is in 6th Class in Mulhuddart N.S. The local newspaper Community Voice featured the event, and also the advice given to Ryan by Krisjen Walsh, who was awarded a similar scholarship from Mulhuddart to Belvedere in 1991.
- Starting next week, the British Province website Thinking Faith will offer a 4-part series about George Tyrrell, the Irishman in the British Province whose regard for Modernism got him into trouble. Oliver Rafferty, Michael Hurley, Michael Kirwan and Tony Carroll will contribute.
- Fintan O’Toole made very favourable mention of Michael Punch’s analysis of the Irish housing system (published by the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice) in last Tuesday’s Irish Times.