What:            TY inaugural Photography Exhibition.  

When:           Thursday 14thMarch 7pm

Where:          Kilkenny College Dining Hall

Why:              To raise funds for ‘JOHN NEEDS PEMBRO’

As part of our TY Photography long course we are running a photography exhibition to showcase the work undertaken during the course.  We would like to invite friends and families to this exhibition where refreshments will be provided and the photographs will be for sale.

All proceeds (donations at the door) will go to the ‘JOHN NEEDS PEMBRO’ fund, in aid of John Holmes’ medical treatment.  John has always been a strong supporter of Kilkenny College where both his children, Jonathan and Louise went to school.

John has an advanced metastic neo endocrine tumour, a high grade tumour similar to small cell lung cancer. His best chance of beating it is a course of injections of the immune inhibitor Pembrolizumab which is manufactured by MSD. Each injection will cost €5,111. The problem is that Pembrolizumab is not currently licensed by the HSE for John, so he is required to pay €5,111 (this includes VAT) in advance of each scheduled injection.


Further details can be found on

Past pupil Dr. Robert Elmes returned to Kilkenny College this week with colleagues from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Trinity College Dublin to promote chemistry as an exciting subject to study at University. The ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ programme is a scientific outreach activity that demonstrates the practical use of analytical chemistry through hands-on experience where students can solve a murder mystery using state-of-the-art equipment such as IR Spectroscopy, UV-VIS Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry. Visiting over 150 schools nationwide annually, PhD researchers from 6 Irish Higher level institutions teach students the principles of spectroscopic techniques and demonstrate how chemical technologies can be useful to solve problems encountered in our daily lives. It is coordinated in Ireland by Dr. John O’Donoghue from the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin and is generously funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the Royal Society of Chemistry which ensures that it is freely available to schools. 

Robert, who got his first experience of science at Kilkenny College under the tutelage of Mr. Tony Duncan (pictured), Ms. Valda Langrell and Mr. John Poyntz, was a member of the Class of 2003. After spending 8 years at Trinity College Dublin gaining a degree and PhD in Chemistry, Robert has travelled as far away as China and Australia promoting and conducting chemical research. Currently, he is a lecturer and researcher at Maynooth University where his research group are actively involved in cutting edge chemical research to develop new treatments and diagnostic techniques for disease. 

The visit gave Ms Morris’(pictured) students an opportunity to gain an insight in to a career in science and ask questions on other career opportunities available. Overall, the workshop was highly successful with plenty of enthusiasm and engagement and a group of students who might well go on to become the next generation of top Irish scientists.

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Click the link to download the PDF - Past Pupils Lunch

Former Governor of Kilkenny College: Mr Don Brown

A Memorial Service is being held in memory of former Governor of Kilkenny College, Mr. Don Brown who died on the 3rdJune. The service is taking place in Saint Canice’s Cathedral on Wednesday, November 14 commencing at 7:00 PM.

Don Brown served as a Governor of Kilkenny College for 25 years. As a Governor Mr. Brown sought to ensure that the innate ability of each student was given scope and opportunity to find fulfilment in Kilkenny College. This service will remember and give thanks for the life and service of Don Brown. The service will be followed by refreshments in the Cathedral.

All are welcome.

The Past Pupils Union were hoping to retake this photo 25 years later.

We have the All Ireland Cup again so it is the perfect opportunity.

Playing shirts are optional!

Can you let us know if you are interested??

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The Board of Management, the Board of Governors and  Staff of Kilkenny College cordially invite Parents to join them for Prize Day




Friday 12th October 2018 at 1:45 p.m. sharp in

The Willoughby Hall, Kilkenny College 

Guest Speaker



(The Royal Shakespeare Company and The West End London)

(Caroline was a member of the Class of 2002)


Refreshments in the Dining Hall at 3.30 p.m.

Our Prize Day is one of the key public days which allows us to project the excellent work done here to parents, visitors and the wider community.


Simon Thompson