A profound sense of grief for all working in Kilkenny College swept across this community on Friday 17th June on the death of Ms. Joan Costigan, Senior Administrative Secretary, following a short period of illness. In the immediacy of the moment it was hard to comprehend that a colleague so central to the life of this College had died. Across all areas of the College activity and among former colleagues there was a deep sadness on learning of Ms. Costigan’s death.

Joan Costigan was the most loyal, dedicated, trusted and hard-working colleague one could wish to work with. Everyone associated with Kilkenny College knew Joan and admired and respected her. To work with Joan was a blessing.

Ms. Costigan and Kilkenny College are intertwined with each other. Over the course of 39 years Ms. Costigan has served Kilkenny College with great distinction. Students, parents, boards and colleagues all knew Ms. Costigan as the first point of contact for anything to do with our school. Whether the matter was serious or trivial Joan attended to it with care, concern and attention to detail.

Joan was the key link between the day-to-day organisation of the school, all working in the school, and the Department of Education. Ms. Costigan managed the navigation and confirmation of all matters regarding the DES for families, staff and Principals with clarity and precision at all times.

So many domains of College activity were dependent on Ms. Costigan’s coordination and input. Open Days, Prize Days, Scholarship Exams, State Exams, school Reports, the issuing of Certificate Results, administrative returns to the DES on a weekly, term and annual basis, all these and more were managed with calm and confidence on behalf of us all.

Ms. Costigan gave her wisdom, support, advice and friendship to all without question every day. Six Principals of Kilkenny College have been the beneficiaries of her professional expertise and personal kindness. Each of them knew how crucial the support, guidance and advice Joan provided was to the successful fulfilment of their own responsibilities.

Joan Costigan led the administrative team in the College and is held in the highest regard by all who have worked with her as administrative colleagues. Possessing a warm sense of humour the administration area of the College was a place of happiness, collegial support and friendship.

Ms. Costigan took personal pride in the development and attainment of our students. Her empathy for students and colleagues was clear and humane. Joan could read the mood of the College community at any point in time and offered practical and positive advice whenever she saw a matter of concern.

All at Kilkenny College offer our sincere condolences to Ms. Costigan’s husband Liam, daughter Catherine, her siblings and wider family circle. We believe that Joan is at Peace and secure in the arms of the Lord, but we grieve deeply for her loss and offer our prayers and support to her family.

Simon Thompson
Kilkenny College
Secretary to the Board of Management

The booklists for all forms for the 2022/23 academic year have now been uploaded. They can be downloaded or viewed at the link below or accessed through the 'Academic' drop down menu above.


Booklists 2022/23

On Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of March we travelled to Wesley College in Dublin for the Interschools Music Festival. It’s one of the key events for the music department in the school calendrer. It has been sorely missed over the previous year due to Covid-19. For many it was their first time performing in front of a live audience. We had over 60 pupils taking part over the weekend competing against students from over 20 schools from all over Ireland. A great weekend was had by all. Please find the results below.  



  • Jarlath Neutze - U16 Solo Singing Popular - Highly Commended
  • Chamber Choir – Unaccompanied Vocal Ensemble – Highly Commended – Collected today by Beverly Colton and Jack Morrissey


  • Sophie Cahill - U14 Popular Singing – Second Place

                           U16 Brass – Second Place

  • Katie Cleary – U14 Popular Singing – Highly Commended
  • Sophie Moynan – U14 Popular Singing – First Class Honours
  • Faye Jacobs – U14 Classical Singing – First Class Honours.

                         U14 Strings - Highly Commended

  • College Orchestra – Secondary Level Chamber Orchestra – Highly Commended – Collected by Cathal Acreman and Annabel Smyth
  • College Jazz Band – Secondary Level Band – Second Place – Collected by Ella Hogg and Ben James.
  • Sean Morrow – U16 Piano Solo – First class honours
  • College Saxophone Quartet – O15 Chamber Music – Second Place (Hannah Cahill, Tara Neutze, Sean Morrow, Natasha Guilfoyle) – Collected today by Tara Neutze and Natasha Guilfoyle
  • Tara Neutze – U17 Popular singing – First class honours
  • Hannah Cahill – U17 Popular Singing – Second Place
  • Jim Parmeter – O17 Classical Singing – First Class Honours
  • Amelie O’Kelly Brown – O17 Classical Singing – First Place (Pembrey Cup)
  • Kila Mercado – O15 Percussion – Highly Commended
  • Bronagh Smyth – U17 Solos Popular Song – First Place
  • Lauren Grace – O17 Classical Singing – First Class Honours
  • Jack Morrissey – O15 Classical & Acoustic Guitar – Second Place
  • Isobel Jackson – U17 Solo Popular Song – Highly Commended


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  • Hits: 29
  • Wesley Interschools Music Festival_7
  • Hits: 28
  • Wesley Interschools Music Festival_9
  • Hits: 24
  • Wesley Interschools Music Festival_2
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We were delighted this year to be able to honour many of the fantastic achievements of our current and past pupils at our annual Sports awards on Monday the 23rd of May. Prizes were handed out by our Olympian, Foster Horan and Irish U23 Hockey player Yasmin Pratt.

Our first student to be awarded a trophy was Andrew Cooper in Form 3. Andrew won the Leinster u16 Shot at the recent Leinster Athletics championship with a new record of 15.54 m. He hopes to go on and achieve more success at the All-Ireland’s in June.

Along with other Athletics awards, the College showed its appreciation to the many students who represent the school on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Hugh Dagg received the Sharman Cup for the best Hockey player in 6th year. Holly Hutchinson won the Sixsmith Cup (an equivalent trophy for girls).

It was a great year for some of the teams as the College won their respective Cup competitions in South Leinster at Senior A, Senior B and Junior A.

Amy Handcock and Emma Simmons will also represent Ireland U16’s in Hockey during the Summer.

In Rugby, both Boys’ and Girls’ teams were very successful throughout the year. The SCT and JCT both got to the League final, unfortunately coming up second best on the day. The TY/5th year team won their inaugural league.

Adam Shirley received the William Corrigan trophy for the best player in 6th year.

Kate Eacrett received an award for the Best girls player in 6th year.

We honoured Stephen Smyth, Adam Watchorn, Sean Naughton and Adam Shirley as they represented Ireland u18 Rugby this Spring.

All four, along with Paddy Bramley will train with Leinster over the Summer.

Our Badminton teams were also honoured. Great success was had by all teams in the College.

The U19 team won the Leinster trophy, the u16 team also won the Leinster trophy and the u14 squad were All-Ireland champions. Congratulations to all our boy’s and girl’s teams.

In tennis, Fainche Pryall was the Senior girls winner and George Shepherd was the boys winner.

We also paid tribute to some of our past pupils who have achieved success during the year.

Notable mentions went to Karen Weekes (first Irish woman to sail solo across the Atlantic) and Charlie Tector (Irish Grand slam winner with the u20’s) to name but a few.

It was also brilliant to be able to honour Ella Sullivan (Irish gymnastics) and Holly Ogilvie ( K1 World Freestyle Canoe Championships).

Senior awards were given to:

  • Quarter Centenary trophy: Harry Rogers
  • O’Connor Cup: Ava Chamney
  • Ruddock Cup: Vicky Ronaldson
  • Godfrey Day cup: Hugh Dagg
  • George Williams award: Holly Hutchinson

The annual Kilkenny College Transition Year Tractor Run rolled back into Kilkenny College last Thursday evening. Following a two year absence due to Covid, it was a welcome site on campus. While there had been two virtual runs in 2020 and 2021,the sights and sounds were back to normal.  This yearly fundraiser was organised by a small but hard working TY group headed up by Claudia Gill. The nominated charity was LauraLynn Children's Hospice

Speaking at the conclusion of the run ,TY’s Claudia Gill  said; “This would not have been possible without help from many people. JVW Transport have been very good to us for the last 10 years allowing us to gather safely and depart from their yard. Kilkenny Gardaí Community Policing Unit have again supported us. I like to thank  Garda Aidan Fitzpatrick and Garda Andrew Neill for their help. Mr Denis McEvoy of Volvo McCarthy Commercials has always been on standby in the event of a breakdown but thankfully again we did not need him. It is re-assuring to know that he is there if needed”.

The 49 tractors included a TY restored 1982 Deutz .The 16km run came in the Carlow Road from Gowran along the hard shoulder before turning right down the Ring Road. It was a short run along the Castlecomer Road before a noisy reception awaited the drivers in Kilkenny College. As well as the 450 boarders who were on hand, a large number of day pupils and members of the school community turned out to welcome the drivers back to school.

The Hegarty Transition Year Tractor Run Cup was awarded to Sam Massey of Form 6. Sam was joined on the evening by his parents. The judges were William Hutchinson, Bryan Harris Robin Wallace and Bryan Daniels who all have extensive agricultural experience and are past pupils of the College. The girls and boys raised €6300 for LauraLynn Children's Hospice

Thanks to all who supported.

As term draws to a close today the traditional winter sports of hockey and rugby conclude their seasons. Of course, pride of place this term must go to badminton players. Our girls had silver All Ireland badminton success this term, while our F1 Boys are All Ireland Champions.

We have had many hockey and rugby finals and play-offs this past few weeks. There are 17 girls hockey teams and 4 boys hockey teams in the College. We have 13 boys rugby teams with a girls junior and a senior girls squad. On any given day ,our pitches are busy. Hockey players have represented Leinster South, Connacht and Leinster, as well as development squads. We have boys and girls training with Leinster rugby teams and development squads also. All players in all codes have been busy since last August. Well done to all players and their coaches.

The Equestrian Club continues to re-build post covid. One highlight this year was Martha Hughes Bravo competing  in The Iberian League.

Within our school community we have had a number of standout successes this term and in no particular order here are some of the  highlights.

Ellie McLoughlin Class 2019 & Yasmin Pratt Class 2018

Both Carlow girls who were boarders were in South Africa with Irish U21 Hockey this past week.Ellie plays in goal while Yasmin plays as a forward .Ellie is currently studying Sports Science in  UCD where she also plays her club hockey. Yasmin plays her club hockey with Loreto (Dublin) and is studying Media and Communications at Carlow IT.

Amy Hancock and Emma Simmons Form 4 students

Both girls have been selected for the Irish U16 Hockey for a trip to Zwolle Netherlands next week ,with further trips planned for the summer. Amy is a day pupil from Carlow while Emma is a boarder from Wexford.

Nichola Fryday Class of 2013

From County Offaly Nichola is a former boarder. She currently is playing her rugby with Exeter Chiefs. With a degree in Food and Agri Business Management, Nichola previously worked with Kerry Foods. This weekend sees Nichola captain Ireland Women’s team for the 3rd  time when they take on Scotland in Cork’s Musgrave Park. This will be Nichola’s 25th cap.

Tamilore Anwonusi Class of 2017

Tamilore is also a former boarder from Carlow .Tamilore has represented Ireland 7’s and this week was again selected to play for Ireland 7’s in World 7's Restart in Singapore.

Tamilore is currently studying in  Political Science and Pre-Law at Trinity University Canada.

Charlie Tector Class of 2020

Charlie recently won an U20 Grand Slam with Ireland starting all five games at out-half.

With home games at Musgrave Park Cork against Wales Italy and Scotland ,the Irish U20’s also secured wins on the road against England and France .Most notably with the last play of the game, Charlie kicked an 81st minute conversation against France to win the game in Aix-en-Provence. Charlie also secured a Man of the Match Award against England.

From Rathnure in Co Wexford, Charlie is studying Agricultural Science at UCD and playing his club rugby with Lansdowne RFC.

Martin Mulhall Class of 2015

From Kilkenny, Martin recently played Premiership Cup rugby with Saracens His current team is Swansea University. Martin has signed a contract for next season with Bristol Bears Martin is currently completing his masters in Sports Business Management at Swansea University.

Stephen Smith and Sean Naughton Form 5 students

Both Sean at 10 and Stephen at 8 have had a very good season with the Kilkenny College Senior XV.  Both boys have been part of Leinster Development programmes. Having secured starts with Leinster U18 ,the boys are away in France over the Easter break with Irish School U18 Rugby Squad  Both boys are boarders in Wolfe House, Sean is from Kildare while Stephen is from Carlow.

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