Ireland's leading boarding school for boys
Secondary boarding school in Ireland
Where care of the individual is at the heart of all we do
Secondary boarding school in Ireland
Discover new talents and lifelong friends
Secondary boarding school in Ireland

Welcome to Clongowes Wood College

Clongowes Wood College is a leading boarding school set in beautiful surroundings, thirty kilometers from Dublin in the heart of the Co. Kildare countryside. A Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition, Clongowes strives to support students in their growth towards a greater understanding and awareness of their faith and the part that this plays in their lives. We are a home from home for 450 boys from all over Ireland and abroad.

Since 1814, Clongowes graduates have become leaders in the areas of business, sport, politics and the arts. Our warm and happy school puts the care and nurturing of each individual student at the heart of everything we do.

Clongowes boarding school is a special place that provides an all-round education in a dynamic living and learning community. Our facilities are exemplary with every opportunity given to each student to develop, grow and learn in order to fulfil his potential.

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Saturday 9th March 2024


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“Clongowes is a school that strives to do more…to be more.” Paul McCormack, Deputy Headmaster
"The corner stone of Clongowes approach to care is expressed as cura personalis or care of the individual." Chris Lumb, Headmaster
"I am always on hand to help, advise and guide students – to be a companion on the road – an anam chara." Fr Michael Sheil SJ, Spiritual Father
"Clongowes is among a group of schools that since their founding by the Jesuits have made a special contribution to Irish life and history." Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland


One of the strengths of a boarding school environment is that it allows education to spill over into every aspect of our students’ lives, through the co-curricular activities, through the bringing together of children from diverse cultures and communities, through the everyday challenges that enrich their world. We strive to knit together the academic and experiential learning into a more coherent fabric. This is what allows us to have a clear and identifiable ethos, a palpable school culture that is nourishing and nurturing of body, mind and soul.


Sport plays an important part in the boys’ life at Clongowes and several of our alumni are currently pursuing successful sporting careers at international level.  Participation in sport helps build friendships, teamwork and a sense of camaraderie.  Wednesday and Saturday afternoons are busy times as students travel to away fixtures and we welcome other schools to Clongowes for competitive and friendly matches.


Boarding at Clongowes offers your son the opportunity to live in a warm, vibrant and active community where he can fulfil his potential in a supportive environment. Clongowes is a warm and happy place – a home away from home for our community of 450 boys from Ireland and abroad. A typical day for the boys at Clongowes is diverse and rewarding and includes a mix of formal classes, structured evening study, social outings and a broad co-curricular programme that ensures healthy and balanced students.

School Fees

Fees and Charges 2023/2024

Fees effective as of July 1st 2023 and are subject to annual review.

Annual Fee



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If you would like to book onto our next open day please contact our Admissions team.
We look forward to welcoming you at Clongowes Wood College.