Inaugurated in 1960,the annual Liffey Descent is a major event in the kayaking calendar. Run over 33kms it features 10 weirs between Straffan Co Kildare and Islandbridge in Dublin. Thrown in for good measure is a feature called “Portage” which involves leaving the water and carrying your boat around an obstacle.The obstacle in question in this particular event is the Hydro Electric Power Station at Leixlip.The 500m “run” adds to the challenge.

Last Saturday Form 5’s Adam Pender (16) was one of two 16 year olds to enter the senior mens ranks for the first time. Competing in the K1 Class Adam competed the course in a highly competitive 2hrs and 32 minutes. A member of Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club as well as Thomastown Paddlers, Adam has a very bright future ahead of him in his chosen sport.

Pictured is Adam at Straffan Weir and subsequently with Olympians Paul and Gary O’Donovan.

 

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Girls Hockey Coaches 2021-2022

Teams

Coaches

Training Days

Senior 1st

Mr. Harding

Mon & Thurs

Senior 2nd

Mr. Lowry

Mon & Thurs

Senior 3rd

Ms. Dunphy

Mon & Thurs

Senior 4th

Mr. Mulligan / Mr Hughes

Mon & Thurs

TY1

Mr. Smyth 

Mon & Thurs

TY2

Mr Cadogan

Tues / Fri

     

Junior A

Mr. Comerford

Tues & Fri

Junior B1

Mr. Dool

Tues & Fri

Junior B2

Mr. Doyle

Tues & Fri

     

Minor A

Dr Morris

Tues & Fri

Minor B1

Ms. Dunphy

Tues & Fri

Minor B2

Mr. Comerford

Mon & Thurs

     

First Year A

Mr. Dool

Mon & Thurs

First Year B1

Ms. Sharman

Mon & Thurs

First Year B2

Mr. Doyle

Mon & Thurs

First Year C

Mr. Cadogan

Mon & Thurs

It remains the case that in the unique circumstances of this year we will once again need to stagger the first day of attendance across year groups reaching a point of full attendance by Thursday 2nd September. It will be important that from both a boarding and day student perspective we have a small amount of time to test our procedures and protocols to ensure a prompt and full return for all. Final details of this first week of re-opening are set out below. In the interim work continues to ensure we will be ready to reopen promptly and effectively for all.

We will continue to comply with Government Guidelines at all times in our re-opening.
This may include quarantine requirements for those returning to Ireland from other Countries.

The full document and outline calendar can be accessed by clicking here

 

Thursday 26th August 2021:

Staff Only: Preparation for Opening. No students on campus

Friday 27th August 2021:

Staff Planning and Preparation Day: No students on campus

Sunday 29th August 2021:

1st and 5th Form Boarders only return (Time to be confirmed)

Monday 30th August 2021:

1st and 5th Form Day Pupils return
1st and 5th Form Induction Day: Including Covid-19 training
4th and 6th Form Boarders return that evening (Time to be confirmed)

Tuesday 31st August 2021:

4th & 6th Form Day Pupils return
4th and 6th Form Induction Day: Including Covid-19 training
3rd and 2nd Form Borders return that evening (Time to be confirmed)

Wednesday 1st September:

3rd and 2nd Form Day Pupils return
3rd and 2nd Form Induction Day: Including Covid-19 training.

Thursday 2nd September:

The first full academic day with all students present on campus.

We’re on a mission to raise €3M by 2023 for some exciting developments and we need your help! Please click below to view the Kilkenny College Foundations fundraising page.

https://www.kilkennycollege.ie/3by23/

You can also view a recording of the recent fundraising launch webinar that was hosted by Helen Carroll.

Kilkenny College is proud of the achievements of five of its Past Pupils in recent days, each of whom has received national recognition in their sport.
 
Long Jumper Ruby Millet Class of 2019 has been selected for Ireland U23  In Tallin Estonia. She will take part in the European U23 Championships. Hockey goalkeeper Ellie McLoughlin Class of 2019 joins Yasmin Pratt Class of 2018 in Irish ladies U23 hockey as they head off to Spain for a five nations tournament.
 
Next month Kilkenny College has two past pupils heading to Tokyo to the Olympics. Foster Horan Class of 2005 will play with the Irish Rugby 7’s.  Lisa Jacob Class of 2005 will manage the Irish Ladies Hockey team.
 
Kilkenny College extends best wishes to Ruby, Ellie, Yasmin, Foster and Lisa’s they take their places on the international sporting stage.
 
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With the emerging news last Sunday from Monaco, there was a great sense of joy that a another member of the Kilkenny College community would be heading to the Tokyo Olympics next month. From Gorey in Co Wexford Foster and his siblings all attended Kilkenny College with Foster entering in 2005 and becoming a member of the Class of 2011.

With a strong sporting family tradition Foster took to the games field with great enthusiasm. According to his senior rugby coach Jeff Carter  “Foster always showed tremendous athleticism and ability in school. His movement and power is legendary in school rugby circles…..even to this day current pupils and past pupils would still speak about him. It comes as no surprise that he has achieved this level of success along with his teammates.

He remains very approachable and modest young man, he is  always willing to give back to the school and our current cohort of students really appreciate that”.

Foster would later go on to play his senior rugby with Lansdowne RFC  (on the wing), and eventually in the Irish 7’s set up.

The Rugby 7’s tournament takes place on July 26th -28th .The entire Kilkenny College community wishes Foster and his teammates very good wish and success.

Of course Foster will not be the only past pupil heading to Tokyo this summer as Lisa Jacob will also be there as manager of the Irish Ladies Hockey Team. The Wexford woman was a member of The Class of 2005.She has 139 senior Irish caps to her name.

Both Foster and Lisa follow in the footsteps of Maeve Kyle Ireland’s first female Olympian in 1956,she went on to represent Ireland at the 1960 and 1964 games also. More recently Thomas Chamney ran in Beijing in 2008.