We’re on a mission to raise €3M by 2023 for some exciting developments and we need your help! Please click below to view the Kilkenny College Foundations fundraising page.


You can also view a recording of the recent fundraising launch webinar that was hosted by Helen Carroll.

Kilkenny College is proud of the achievements of five of its Past Pupils in recent days, each of whom has received national recognition in their sport.
Long Jumper Ruby Millet Class of 2019 has been selected for Ireland U23  In Tallin Estonia. She will take part in the European U23 Championships. Hockey goalkeeper Ellie McLoughlin Class of 2019 joins Yasmin Pratt Class of 2018 in Irish ladies U23 hockey as they head off to Spain for a five nations tournament.
Next month Kilkenny College has two past pupils heading to Tokyo to the Olympics. Foster Horan Class of 2005 will play with the Irish Rugby 7’s.  Lisa Jacob Class of 2005 will manage the Irish Ladies Hockey team.
Kilkenny College extends best wishes to Ruby, Ellie, Yasmin, Foster and Lisa’s they take their places on the international sporting stage.
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With the emerging news last Sunday from Monaco, there was a great sense of joy that a another member of the Kilkenny College community would be heading to the Tokyo Olympics next month. From Gorey in Co Wexford Foster and his siblings all attended Kilkenny College with Foster entering in 2005 and becoming a member of the Class of 2011.

With a strong sporting family tradition Foster took to the games field with great enthusiasm. According to his senior rugby coach Jeff Carter  “Foster always showed tremendous athleticism and ability in school. His movement and power is legendary in school rugby circles…..even to this day current pupils and past pupils would still speak about him. It comes as no surprise that he has achieved this level of success along with his teammates.

He remains very approachable and modest young man, he is  always willing to give back to the school and our current cohort of students really appreciate that”.

Foster would later go on to play his senior rugby with Lansdowne RFC  (on the wing), and eventually in the Irish 7’s set up.

The Rugby 7’s tournament takes place on July 26th -28th .The entire Kilkenny College community wishes Foster and his teammates very good wish and success.

Of course Foster will not be the only past pupil heading to Tokyo this summer as Lisa Jacob will also be there as manager of the Irish Ladies Hockey Team. The Wexford woman was a member of The Class of 2005.She has 139 senior Irish caps to her name.

Both Foster and Lisa follow in the footsteps of Maeve Kyle Ireland’s first female Olympian in 1956,she went on to represent Ireland at the 1960 and 1964 games also. More recently Thomas Chamney ran in Beijing in 2008.

Principal / Headmaster Simon Thompson's tribute at Assembly, 21st June 2021

It is a tragedy that we must gather once again to share on our shock and grief at the death of a student from within Kilkenny College. 

It is six short weeks since we gathered to grieve for the loss of Aidan Slevin from Form 1, we gather to remember and to pray for Tiggy Hancock from Form 2, her parents Frank and Jane, her sisters Eliza and Lucy and Tiggy’s wider family and her many, many friends.

Tiggy died last Wednesday, the 16th June, following a Horse-riding accident in County Dublin.

Tiggy was, as we know, already an established athlete in her sport of Equestrian Eventing. Horses and ponies are not only Tiggy’s passion, but also her family’s. Life at home in Corries was immersed in equestrian activity. Tiggy loved being with her ponies and her horses.

Tiggy was an established member of the Carlow and Kilkenny Hunt Pony Club and the Irish Pony Society. Tiggy represented Ireland at the U16 European Eventing Championships, winning a Bronze medal, the youngest person ever to do so. Experts in Horse Sports have said that Tiggy was destined for the very top. Tiggy’s ability, her dedication, her courage, ensured she had achieved far ahead of the norm in a short but brilliant competitive career.

School here in Kilkenny College was also a happy place for Tiggy. Tiggy loved every day at school. She felt comfortable here, secure among her friends, busy among the activities of the day. Tiggy enjoyed her classes but loved being on the move, chatting, planning, organising adventures with her buddies. You could see Tiggy’s smile in her eyes even when she was wearing a facemask. 

Tiggy’s school dream was to become a Boarder in 4th Form and the truth is she had already spent plenty of afternoons in her friends Dorms, talking, having fun, bouncing on beds, enjoying being young. Tiggy was in no rush to be older, she was grounded in the age she was and enjoyed being who she was. Tiggy was comfortable in her own skin and people gravitated towards her because of this. Everyone close to Tiggy loved her: loved her friendship, loved her sense of fun, loved her energetic spirit.

The entirety of our school community is devasted at the loss of a beautiful child so early in her life. In our own grief we remember first today Tiggy, her parents and sisters, cousins, uncles, aunts and godparents. We remember all Tiggy’s friends both within our school and beyond it. Each of us can, in our own way, silently or in prayer, express our love and support to all who grieve for Tiggy.

May Tiggy Rest In Peace secure in the loving arms of God.


Simon Thompson

Principal / Headmaster

Kilkenny College

Secretary to the Board of Management

June 21st 2021

This weekend Birr man and Kilkenny College past pupil Shane Delahunt will make his 100 appearance for Connacht Rugby. It comes as no surprise  as his former school coach Jeff Carter said “It is not just about turning up for the game for Shane, it is the meticulous preparation, the attention to his craft and the constant buzzing energy that permeates off him as he prepares to run out onto the pitch “.The 27 year old will win his 100th cap for Connacht against the Ospreys on Friday night next.

Ever humble and gracious , this ex - Kilkenny College Senior Captain has been an integral part of Connacht’s rise in Irish Rugby over the course of the last six years. Meeting the demands of professional sport and running the family farm with his Dad, Billy. Shane has consistently performed on a regular basis with his province demonstrating a tremendous skillset and willingness to improve himself as a player.

Professional sport is not easy. Many young men and women dream of representing their team 100 times and as Shane reflects on this achievement, he can most certainly be proud of this honour and the many more he will earn over the course of his career.

Over the years, Shane has always given back in abundance to his former school. Training sessions, attendance at matches, shirt signing with young players have always been a part of his link to the community in Kilkenny College. In particular he maintains a great friendship with his former coach Jeff Carter. It would not be unusual to see both men on the pitch or in the gym working on some aspect of his game.

We wish him well in his continuing  rugby journey and applaud his success as he reaches this monumental moment in his career.

Kilkenny College is accepting Notice of Intention to Apply for Form 1 for the 2022/2023 Academic Year.  The closing date for receipt of the Notice of Intention to Apply for the 2022/2023 Academic Year is 31st August 2021.

Any Notice of Intention to Apply received, for the 2022/2023 Academic Year, after this date will be deemed a late application.

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