Rathcoole’s Successful Science Students!


Congratulations to all our pupils and past-pupils who participated so successfully in the BT Young Scientist and RDS Primary Science Fair Exhibitions over the past 10 days.

Rathcoole Past pupils Darragh Twomey & Neil O’Leary (along with Andrew Heffernan, all TY Students from Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk) were overall Group Runners-Up with their project entitled “Feeding 9.6 Billion by 2050” examining ways of increasing crop yields by introducing a strain of bacteria found in Elephant Grass.

Rathcoole past-pupils Neill & Darragh

The boys were also presented with awards for Agricultural Innovation from Teagasc, and the Perrigo Best Biological and Ecological Project

Declan Troy, Assistant Director of Research at TEAGASC presents the TEAGASC award to Darragh Twomey, Neil O'Leary, Andrew Heffernan, Colaiste Treasa Kanturk Cork for their project “Feeding 9.6 billion people by 2050. The effects of Pseudomonas Fluorescens L321 on enhancing barley crop yield.” in the Biological and Ecological Intermediate Group Category.
 Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Declan Troy, Assistant Director of Research at TEAGASC presents the TEAGASC award to Darragh Twomey, Neil O’Leary, Andrew Heffernan,

Their former classmates in St. Brendan’s, Eimear Corcoran and Mark Casey (TY students in Millstreet Community School) were ‘Highly Commended’ in the Social and Behavioural Sciences category with a project on “Improving the ranking system for Ireland’s second level schools.”

Eimear Corcoran-and-Mark Casey

And our current crop of 5th & 6th Class were very highly praised for their entry in the (non-competitive) RDS Primary Science Fair “Will increasing our fitness levels improve our school work?”  The judges’ feedback praised the students’ organisational skills in collating results and plotting graphs, noted how they enjoyed the demonstrations of the various exercises, and outlined the great job they did in carrying out, displaying and explaining their project.

Primary Science Fair 2018

The judges also wrote that “The pupils should be really proud of their strong and competent communication and presentation skills

and added “An excellent job done by all the pupils… Well done! I hope to see ye next year again

Great credit is due to the pupils and their teacher Mr. Horan for this achievement.  The science fair itself was an enjoyable, entertaining and educational event for all who attended, including several parents and families who joined us on the day.  

Nuacht 16.1.18


  • Christmas Play DVD- The Christmas Play DVDs have been ordered and will be dispersed to pupils in school when they arrive. (Any late orders can be added up to Fri 19th)
  • ‘Off the Hook’ Fundraiser Banteer Drama Group want to thank the community of St Brendan’s N.S. for their support on Friday last. The Group also made a particular mention of thanks to the pupils who were present on the night, for the commendable attention and manners shown to the cast during the show. A special thanks also to the Parent Association for their organisation of the evening and all the preparations made in the lead up to the event. €1,300 was raised on the night. Very well done to all involved.
  • RDS Primary Science Fair- 5th and 6th class will participate in the RDS Primary Science Fair, which takes place in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick on this Saturday, January 20. The children are currently putting the final touches to their project, which explores “Will increasing our fitness levels, improve our school work?” It promises to be a great day out and all the pupils are looking forward to presenting their project on the day and visiting all the other exhibitions.
  • Aistear- Junior and Senior Infants will participate in Aistear every Tuesday and Thursday of this term with Ms. O’Connor and Ms. Fleming. Aistear is an educational initiative around learning and developing through thematic play in the infant classroom.
  • Internet Safety Night St Brendan’s N.S. Parent Association have organised an Internet safety night for the parents and community of our school on Thursday, January 25 in the school hall commencing at 7.30pm. Please make a special effort to attend as internet safety and usage is a very prevalent issue in today’s society, in particular for our children. The presentation is expected to last about 90 mins. An information letter is also attached to the newsletter email to outline the content covered during the seminar. If you have any additional questions regarding the presentation please don’t hesitate to ask. All parents are welcome.



Le gach dea ghuí,

Michael Horan


Nuacht 9.1.18


  • Christmas Play DVD- A DVD of the Christmas show is available to purchase from the school. The cost of the DVD is 15. If you are interested in purchasing a DVD please return appropriate fee in an envelope to your child’s teacher by Tuesday, January 16.
  • ‘Off the Hook’ Fundraiser- The Banteer Drama Group have kindly offered to donate the proceeds of one of their performances of  ‘Off the Hook’ to St Brendan’s N.S. Parent Association. The show will take place on this Friday, January 12 commencing at 8.30pm. Tickets are now available to purchase at a cost of €10 each. Please return money in an envelope to your child’s teacher by this Thursday, January 11 or likewise tickets can be purchased Thursday morning in school between 9.10am and 9.30am from representatives of the Parent Association. Remaining tickets, which haven’t been pre-booked, will be allocated on a first come first serve basis with limited tickets available for the night.
  • TextaParent AppReminder Please download the new TextaParent App to your phone. The App is free and will reduce the cost of texts for the school. Additional school messages and calendar updates can now be sent to the App. https://app.textaparent.ie/get/app
  • RDS Primary Science Fair 5th and 6th class will participate in the RDS Primary Science Fair, which takes place in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick on Saturday, January 20. Travel arrangements and additional details will be forwarded to 5th and 6th class pupils later this week.
  • Safe Farewell It is with great disappointment we also say good-bye to the Nkengasu family who moved to the UK over the Christmas holidays. We thank them for their continued support to the school and wish them the very best of luck in their new venture. Slán go fóill agus beannacht.
  • Staff Meeting School will close on this Friday, January 12 at 2.00pm for all pupils.



Le gach dea ghuí,

Michael Horan