Facilities for living and learning at Clongowes are second to none. Significant investment in recent years has resulted in the expansion of our learning facilities such as state of the art Science, Art and Technology Building. Our 500 acre campus in the Kildare countryside offers unparalleled opportunities for sport and leisure.
Bellarmine Centre – The Bellarmine Centre is a bold statement that reflects the Clongowes philosophy on the future of learning and acknowledges that the needs of students in this era have changed. The light filled and fluid space easily accommodates the varied learning styles of our students.
The James Joyce Library – our modern and spacious library with over 9,000 titles including books, research papers, e-books, periodicals and DVDs.
Science, Art and Technology Building – Completed in 2010, this comprehensive facility is one of the finest in Irish secondary education and provides a resource of third level standard.
Classroom Space – Each of the 24 classrooms has Internet access and interactive whiteboards. There is also a 130 seat lecture theatre, an Audio Visual Theatre and a Co-Operative Learning Centre.
Extra Learning Resources – Dedicated rooms specially designed for students with extra learning needs provide students with facilities that allow them to learn in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.
Music – There are two choirs in the school, a full orchestra and an active traditional Irish music group. In addition to our modern rehearsal rooms, there are pianos located throughout the school and there is even a dedicated room where students may practice drumming!
Technology -We have two separate state of the art computer laboratories along with Wi-Fi throughout the school and in the living areas. Access to the Internet is limited according to the time of day or evening, the age of the student and the type of site being accessed.
Dining Facilities – The dining room (refectory), which can comfortably seat over 500 people is where students meet for breakfast, dinner, tea and supper. Higher line students have a kitchen adjacent to their bedrooms. Read more about nutrition here.
Recreation Rooms – Each year group has its own recreation room with TV and these rooms are also used to host debates and guest speakers.
Accommodation – Accommodation from 1st to 4th year is provided in shared or individual cubicles. An ambitious redevelopment of accommodation in these areas began in summer 2017 with 1st Year (Elements) dorms and continues in summer 2018 with 2nd (Rudiments) and 4th year (Syntax). Higher Line students (5 and 6th years) have their own rooms, complete with individual study facilities.
Mass is celebrated in the Boys’ Chapel, the People’s Church and the Ignatian Chapel while the Sports Hall transforms into a chapel on Sundays to facilitate school Masses
In addition, the Manresa Room, close to the concourse, is a quiet space where boys can spend time reflecting and meditating.
Clongowes is set in 500 acres in the heart of the Kildare countryside, which allows us to provide extensive sports facilities, both indoors and out.
Completed in 2011, the Sports Building is an integral part of the school and was enhanced with the addition of a 25m indoor swimming pool in November 2017. As well as a large Sports Hall and pool it also includes a weights room and a gym.
Other Sports Facilities
As well as indoor sports facilities there are many other amenities in Clongowes. These include:
- A golf course
- Tennis courts
- Rugby pitches
- Athletics track
- Cricket pitch
- Soccer pitches
- All weather floodlit rugby/soccer pitch
- Cross country running track