Kilkenny College were delighted to welcome members of the school and wider community to the College on Monday afternoon for a joyous occasion as we officially opened our new Music and Arts Building. Members of the Board of Directors, Board of Management, Development Foundation, Incorporated Society and Parents Association were joined by students from our Art and Music Departments, teaching and support staff and generous donors to the project for the official blessing and opening by the Rt Revd Adrian Wilkinson, Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory. The Layton Building which incorporates Milne Hall (Music Room) and the Kenny Studio (Art Room) will greatly enhance our facilities at Kilkenny College and we look forward with great excitement to its full occupation by the Music and Art Departments in the coming days and weeks.

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The Layton Building is called after the late Ms Essy Layton who was a great neighbour and friend to Kilkenny College for many years. She provided Kilkenny College with both moral and tangible support and was passionate about education and the power it had to transform lives. Her particular love was the Music Department, and she was extremely generous in her support to the College. Milne Hall is called after our former colleague and Music teacher Mr David Milne. David dedicated his teaching career at Kilkenny College to the music department. When he arrived, music was not even an option for Leaving Certificate pupils. When he retired there were classes all the way up to Leaving Certificate, a school orchestra, junior, senior and chamber choirs. David also taught piano, singing, double bass and developed the Instrumental Music Programme into what it is today, being one of the largest programmes in the country. The Kenny Studio is named after our recently retired colleague and Art Teacher Ms Trini Kenny. Trini has shown commitment, passion, fun and expertise while teaching Art at Kilkenny College. Her talent and dedication inspired so many students and pushed them to achieve far beyond their own expectations.

Kilkenny College are indebted to our Design Team, CJ Falconer & Associates and the main contractors Eugene Foley Construction for their professionalism and guidance throughout this project.

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The news of the death of Mr Philip Gray, former Headmaster of Kilkenny College will be met with great sadness across the Kilkenny College community and the Diocese. Philip had a long and distinguished career as a history teacher in King’s Hospital before his appointment to Kilkenny College in 2005. Unfortunately, a serious cycling accident in 2008 resulted in his resignation as Headmaster on health grounds. We as a community will pay tribute to Philip in due course, however we take this opportunity to extend our very sincere sympathy to his wife Sandra, who has cared for him so devotedly since his accident and to their children Glen, Stephen and Laura at this sad time.

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Please see below for a video from the recent Christmas Cracker concert.

Congratulations to Finn Corcoran and Ben Newing for receiving a certificate for The ETTA Young Technologist National Competition in TUS Limerick yesterday.  Ben Newing achieving 1st place in the National Finals competition.

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The Board of Directors of Kilkenny College are delighted to announce that Emma Raughter, a former pupil of the College, has been appointed as Principal.  She will replace Simon Thompson who departed at the end of August. Emma, originally from Greystones, Co. Wicklow, has for the past nine years served as the Principal of the 720 girls Loreto Secondary School in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Ms Raughter graduated from St. Mary’s University College, Strawberry Hill, London with a B.A. in Education, Biology & Physical Education in 1995.  She graduated from University College Dublin with a Higher Diploma in Career Guidance & Counselling in 2000 and a Masters in Education (Leadership & Management) in 2012.

During her career to date, Ms Raughter has been a teacher of Biology, Science & Physical Education at Dundalk Grammar School from 1995 to 1999 and Our Lady’s School, Templeogue from 2000 to 2006. She was Guidance Counsellor at Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow from 2006 to 2012 when she was appointed as Deputy Principal at St. David’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. In 2014, Ms Raughter was appointed as Principal at Loreto Secondary School, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Ms Raughter has a deep interest in sport and has played, coached, and umpired Hockey for many years, enjoys running and is a “massive fan of Leinster Rugby”. She has continually involved herself in extra-curricular activities which she sees as an invaluable opportunity for students to experience joy while developing skills and knowledge outside the academic curriculum.

Kilkenny College and the entire school community of students, staff, parents, and Board members, welcome Ms Raughter’s return to the College and to the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory.  We wish Emma every success in her new role, which will commence in early February 2023. We are confident that she will not only steer Kilkenny College with great skill and enthusiasm towards its 500th anniversary in 2038, but her achievement in taking on the leadership role at one of the top secondary schools in Ireland, should motivate all of the pupils under her care to strive to reach the top in whatever career path they undertake.