Kilkenny College has been awarded the Special Recognition Award from the Irish Heart Foundation. 
All classes have completed CPR training this year. All teachers completed their CPR training in November 2019. In the past two weeks 30 members of staff have availed of the opportunity to do CPR training for the first time or to renew their CPR skills through completing the Irish Heart Foundation's CPR4Schools programme. Kilkenny College is one of just twenty schools in the country to have received this award. 
It is great to have the school population trained in such an important life skill.

The Board of Management and the Board of Directors of Kilkenny College wish Mr. Simon Thompson every good wish as he takes up his new role as Headmaster of the British School in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms Claver Ryan will take on the role of Acting Principal of Kilkenny College.


Kilkenny College Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny

A vacancy has arisen for the following position. Applications are invited for the post of


Kilkenny College is a co-educational boarding and day secondary school under Church of Ireland management operating from a modern 50-acre Campus on the outskirts of Kilkenny City. The College has a current enrolment of 920 pupils of whom 483 are boarders

Prospective candidates may request in confidence, an application form either by writing to:

Mr M. Larkin Chief Operations Officer Kilkenny College Castlecomer Road Kilkenny

Or by E-Mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Completed applications should be returned to the above address by email or registered post to
arrive not later than 5pm on Friday 09 September 2022

Kilkenny College is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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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