Knockbeg College invites all past pupils and staff to a special ceremony on 9th July 2011 to mark the closure of the boarding school after 164 years.

Picture – The last Boarders of Knockbeg College

A major chapter in the long and distinguished history of Knockbeg College closes this year as an era ends with the closing of the boarding school.  Speaking about the closing Rector Fr. Mícheál Murphy said   “At this time we’re mindful of the many students from all over the country who were boarders here.   They, their parents and their families made up a special part of the Knockbeg family.  I hope that they will always value positively their time here and cherish the great bonds of friendship they made”.

Great credit must go to all the staff that cared for the boarders  – they too had a remarkable charity and kindness.  Over the years they worked in some very difficult conditions and times.  The Sisters of Mercy from St. Leo’s, Carlow, have been outstanding witnesses to and an example of Catholic values and service.  The ‘girls in the kitchen’, the ‘men’, the ‘secretaries’, the ‘deans’ and all the ‘teachers’, brought something special.  The generous and dedicated ministry of the many priests who had appointments in Knockbeg will be honourably remembered  – they were (are) gospel, good news.

Next September, for the first time in over 164 years on its present site, Knockbeg will have no boarders at all.  The College will be ‘different’ but not duller.  The transition has been relatively smooth and the leadership of Cyril Hughes, Bernard Cashman and their team will guarantee an education and formation for all students in the very best tradition of Knockbeg – happy, wholesome, caring, understanding, professional, inspiring and, Catholic.

The richness of what ‘boarding’ brought to the Knockbeg family will be long appreciated, its extraordinary meaning and history will not be forgotten as the College actively embraces a new era with great memories of what has been, sincere belief in who it is and a humble confidence in what it  will be.   All past-pupils and staff are cordially invited to attend a ceremony at 1.00pm in the College on July 9th to officially mark the end of this very special era in Knockbeg.