Kilkenny College was recently presented with teaching resources for Leaving Cert. Construction Studies, which were sponsored by Dan Morrissey & Co., Carlow. They have sponsored many schools and colleges in the South East region to help improve Construction within the education system.

The teaching resources are produced by Mr. Patrick Larkin of the House Builder Guide, himself a retired teacher who saw the need for more visual learning aids in the subject. The resources consist of the ‘Building Blocks’ Teaching and Training DVD series and are suitable not only for Leaving Cert. Students but also students studying Architecture, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying and Construction Apprenticeship Trades.

Our photograph shows Mr. Patrick Larkin, House Builder Guide presenting Leaving Cert students with the resources. Also included is Mr. Sam O’Rourke, Business Development Manager with Dan Morrissey & Co. Carlow. Mr. Simon Thompson, Principal, Kilkenny College and Mr. Stephen Boyle Construction Studies Teacher, Kilkenny College.

After previous successes with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 2017, and “A Knight to Remember” in 2016, teachers and students at Kilkenny College were eager to get another play in the works. In September 2017, a meeting was held for those interested, and production on “Dancing at Lughnasa” began.

“Dancing at Lughnasa” is a play based around the Michael, the narrator’s memories of his life with his mother and aunts in 1930s rural Ireland, more specifically Ballybeg. The cast was comprised TY students, 5thform students and a 6thyear, some of whom were newcomers and others veterans of the stage. 

There is no sole star in the show, and though Michael may be a titular character, he takes a back-seat as the sisters own the stage. Everyone did an absolutely incredible job; 


The cast: 

Joshua Good, Sean Gordon Dalton, Aidan Donohoe, Emma Norse, Sophia Peschke, Alex McNeill, Ellie Fogarty and Sophie Perry


The crew:

Sheena Doyle, Nyika Empey, Jemma Beale and Katie McKenna 


And we all owe a big thanks to the teachers involved, Mr. Jerry Clarke, Ms Trini Kenny, and Ms Sinead Keher, and the school hopes that drama will continue to flourish and grow in the coming years. 

By Aidan Donohoe TY

Kilkenny College would like to invite you all to next Thursday's Music Evening.

Alex McNeill, Form 5, plays Rose Mundy. This is Alex’s first year doing a play. Her favourite line is, “I love you Aggie. I love you more than chocolate biscuits!”

Ellie Fogarty, Form 5, plays Chris Mundy in DAL. Her favourite line in the play, “B?st?rd!” Ellie played Cheswick in ‘Cuckoo’ last year.

Aidan Donohoe, Form 4, plays Michael the narrator. This is Aidan’s second school play. He played Ruckly and Turkle in ‘Cuckoo’ last year. Favourite line in Dancing at Lughnasa, ‘Give up!”