The community of Kilkenny College, current and former, joins with all across the Diocese in mourning the death of Dean Norman Lynas, former Dean of St. Canice’s Cathedral, parent of past students Tristan and Adam, former Governor of Kilkenny College and Leinster branch Referee. Dean Norman is remembered as a Christian leader who brought wisdom, generosity, insight and good humour to all he did. His contribution to the life of Kilkenny College was a lasting one. Norman is remembered with warmth and affection by all who knew him. Kilkenny College extends condolences to Norman’s wife Marie-Claire, his children Tristan, Adam and step-daughter Aly and their extended families.

May Norman Rest In Peace.

The following tribute from Bishop Michael is on behalf of the Diocese.

"News of the death In the United States of Norman Lynas, dean of Ossory from 1991 to 2009 will undoubtedly and rightly cause a wave of sadness to pass over Kilkenny and beyond....yet that sadness will be accompanied by a myriad of grateful memories. Our sadness is of course accentuated by our awareness of the extraordinarily difficult times Norman and his family have experienced since his catastrophic accident last summer. Reading online posts describing their courage, positivity, faith and resilience in the intervening months has been an inspiration.

Inevitably we look back now at Norman through the lens of recent suffering, and our memory is textured by the mood that Good Friday inevitably brings. Yet it is right that we remember Norman as he really was and as we knew him - full of energy and ideas and faithfulness and fun. Norman was a hard worker, a devoted priest and a kindly pastor .... and he was the life and soul of a good party too. He loved to view the whole of life as a foretaste of the heavenly banquet.

I’ve known Norman since our paths first crossed in TCD in the late 1970’s. I recall his scholarly yet enthusiastic contributions at Synods, his rich sense of the very tapestry of Anglicanism. His appointment to Kilkenny as a really very young dean and rector in 1991 was in so many ways inspired. He brought the experience and wisdom of his Ulster background to the South East, and came rapidly to relish the life of the Southern church. He was one of those people who seemed to straddle successfully the various facets that make up the layered life of the Church of Ireland. He was a true pastor, who shed godly cheerfulness but was never trite. People in situations of sadness and loss welcomed his presence in the midst of their need. His impact on the wider civic life of Kilkenny was remarkable. Amid his many liturgical duties he found time... as a good dean must do know, love and understand the fabric of the cathedral. He rejoiced particularly in the rebuilding of the organ. Curates with whom he worked and for whom he was an inspiration loved him.

Norman gave hugely of himself to strategic planning regarding educational matters in Kilkenny ; both the Model School and Kilkenny College owe much to his vision and wisdom, and he was a much-loved presence in the everyday life of both.

Norman welcomed me to Kilkenny in 2006 with memorable warmth ; I remember him coming to the house with presents that first Christmas when I felt new and rather strange. His smile on the doorstep and his generosity made Claire say (and I suspect her reaction was by no means untypical) - ‘That visit made Christmas for us!’

Soon after  I arrived Norman realised that having served for close on two decades in a ministerial  task of vast proportions it might be prudent to consider something very different. Hence his departure to Bermuda, a place he had come to love was an adventurous and noble decision, which brought much sadness to Kilkenny at the time. Yet for him it was the commencement of a whole new fruitful chapter of which others can better speak. Tragedy struck soon after the move with Nichola’s sudden death (and many had regarded them as almost inseparable), yet Norman displayed courage and resilience, stuck it out in Bermuda, and eventually found great renewed  happiness in life and love. It is now fitting that all that is mortal of him should return to Hillsborough to be buried alongside Nichola.

Our hearts go out especially to Tristan (happily still in our midst In Kilkenny) and to Adam as they mourn their father; we are conscious of how unspeakably difficult recent months have been for them.  They, and we, can be sustained by the memory of a larger-than-life figure, characterised by generosity, whose priestly ministry cheered as well as sanctified so many of those with whom he had to do. The ancient stones of St Canice’s will somehow know that they bear the footmarks of a very fine dean.

As a hymn sums it up regarding Norman and others like him -

‘These stones that have echoed their praises are holy, and dear is the ground where their feet have once trod;

Yet here they confessed they were strangers and pilgrims, and still they were seeking the city of God’."

Please see below a recording on the Parents Association Career Evening that was held recently.

Past pupil Sam Matthews has been appointed editor of The Kilkenny People newspaper. Sam was a member of the Class of 2007.The eldest of three, Sam’s sister Jennifer and bother Evan also attended the College.

The Matthews family has long connection with the College with Mum Avril and dad (the late) Neville being involved with our Parents Association.

He replaces editor of 13 years Brian Keyes, who has taken on the role of Group Editorial Operations Director of Iconic Newspapers, the regional newspaper group of which the Kilkenny People is a part.

Sam, a senior journalist at the Kilkenny People for over eight years, is a graduate of Dublin City University and past pupil of Kilkenny College. He lives in Kilkenny City, and has family living throughout the county.

“I am honoured and delighted to have this opportunity. I have been privileged to work with and learn from Brian Keyes, alongside a talented and experienced team who ensure the Kilkenny People remains a staple for households throughout the county. We are blessed with expertise and ability across our news, sports, production and commercial departments,” he said.

“We will continue to report on the important issues of the day — from the courtroom to the pitch side, on politics and all other matters, without fear or favour. Our popular website and strong presence on social media show that regardless of age, location, or interests, the people of Kilkenny are keen to be informed of what’s happening locally. This newspaper has been key to that since it was established in 1892.

“These are strange and uncertain times, but I have no doubt Kilkenny is equal to the challenge of the pandemic. A local newspaper is at the heart of a thriving community, and I believe there will always be a demand for local news. We will also continue to proudly champion this county and its people, to be a platform for and to amplify their voice.”

Outgoing editor Brian Keyes wished him well.
“I wish Sam every success in his new role, it’s encouraging for local media in general to see a talented young journalist take charge of one of the country’s leading titles,” he said.

The Kilkenny College school community wishes Sam continued success in the year’s ahead.

The 2020 Christmas Newsletter is now available to view or download from the link below.


The Admissions process for Form 1 2021/2022 is now commencing.  Please see Kilkenny College website “Admissions”, Enrolment and Admission Documents, where you will find a formal Application Form.  

Please download and complete this Application Form in full and return it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to Kilkenny College, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny R95 CF61 or hand into the office.

The formal Application window for receipt of the completed Application Form is from the 14thSeptember to 5th November 2020.  Applications received after 5 p.m. on 5th November 2020 will be treated as late applications.

Please note that there are 144 places available into Form 1 2021 at Kilkenny College, 82 Boarding places between boys and girls and 60 day places between boys and girls.


In the 2020/2021 Application process a total of 448 Applications were received for entry into Form 1.

Timetable for 1st to 5th year for the academic year 2020/21 are now available to view or download at the link below.


Timetables 2020/21