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



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


Mr. Smyth 

Mon & Thurs


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

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.

This weekend Birr man and Kilkenny College past pupil Shane Delahunt will make his 100 appearance for Connacht Rugby. It comes as no surprise  as his former school coach Jeff Carter said “It is not just about turning up for the game for Shane, it is the meticulous preparation, the attention to his craft and the constant buzzing energy that permeates off him as he prepares to run out onto the pitch “.The 27 year old will win his 100th cap for Connacht against the Ospreys on Friday night next.

Ever humble and gracious , this ex - Kilkenny College Senior Captain has been an integral part of Connacht’s rise in Irish Rugby over the course of the last six years. Meeting the demands of professional sport and running the family farm with his Dad, Billy. Shane has consistently performed on a regular basis with his province demonstrating a tremendous skillset and willingness to improve himself as a player.

Professional sport is not easy. Many young men and women dream of representing their team 100 times and as Shane reflects on this achievement, he can most certainly be proud of this honour and the many more he will earn over the course of his career.

Over the years, Shane has always given back in abundance to his former school. Training sessions, attendance at matches, shirt signing with young players have always been a part of his link to the community in Kilkenny College. In particular he maintains a great friendship with his former coach Jeff Carter. It would not be unusual to see both men on the pitch or in the gym working on some aspect of his game.

We wish him well in his continuing  rugby journey and applaud his success as he reaches this monumental moment in his career.

Kilkenny College participated in the Move For Your School challenge organised by Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership from March 1st to March 28th.  The aim of the challenge was to encourage as many staff and students from secondary schools in Kilkenny to be active.

The Challenge was organised using the Strava app which measures distances recorded and gives a breakdown of average pace along with other features.  To qualify for the challenge 15% of the school community minimum was needed and the results were based on the average km covered per participant.

There were over 200 members of the Kilkenny College school community who participated in the Challenge and there was lots of friendly rivalry between family members, year groups, staff members and friends.  Some of the pupils enjoyed getting one up on their teachers! After an exciting 4 weeks (fortunate with good weather), Kilkenny College finished overall in 1st place. The College also came 1st for three of the four weeks.  Collectively Kilkenny College  covered 31,353km.  The breakdown was as follows:

Form 1:                 2919.1km

Form 2:                 5483.61km

Form 3:                 5266.1km

Form 4:                 3364km

Form 5:                 2829.3km

Form 6:                 2773km

Staff:                     8717.89km

Well done to each and every participant who went above and beyond at times.

There were a number of participants who walked a full marathon over the course of the 4 weeks.  A marathon is 42.2km.  Those students were:

Wendy Fairbrother, Emma Cooke, Lauren Grace, Hugh Dagg,  Matthew Dragoi, Emily Fitzpatrick, Shaun Dalton, Rose Smyth and Ava Langrell. (Hugh Daag actually walked 2 marathons on the one weekend.)Three students completed a three quarter marathon too.  They were Aaron Langrell, Sass Thompson and Aphra Wallace

Sincere thanks to Mr David Lowry who led and encouraged the school community with such good humour. 

While the challenge is over, the message from Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership is to keep active and stay healthy.