Slán Libh agus Go Raibh Maith Agaibh!

We said goodbye to our 6th class pupils in a very moving Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 25th.

We started with Mass celebrated by Fr. Comer, which emphasised the friendship, fun and faith we have shared over the past 8 years.  Our talented pupils spoke, sang and played throughout the ceremony.

This was followed by presentations of a slate plaque to Ms Fahy class teacher, and a basket of School Garden utensils to Mrs O’Connor .

Families and friends were then treated to a DVD of the graduates’ achievements and activities, followed by refreshments catered by the Parents’ Association.

Friday morning saw the presentation of Rural Schools Medals to our Girls’ Football Team. WP_20150626_005Then the whole school applauded the 6th class back to their classroom one last time, to view their DVD commemorating their many happy years at St. Brendan’s N.S.

Slán libh a pháistí, agus go n-eirí an t-ádh libh go léir!



Ice-Cream Day for Down Syndrome Ireland


Another very successful Ice-Cream Day was held on Wednesday June 24th.  Thanks to the support of pupils, Parents’ Association, families and the wider community we raised €455 for this great cause.

Easter Bake Sale

As a special treat for Easter, the St. Brendan’s N.S. Parents Association organised an Easter bake sale in aid of the school. Children and parents took up the challenge enthusiastically and baked some wonderful (and very tasty) treats to sell. The children, in particular, enjoyed their trip to the school hall to purchase buns, cakes, scones and much more! Once again, we would like to thank our very hard-working Parents Association for organising and running the whole event.

We took a few photos of the children spending their pocket money on the delicious treats available 🙂

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Success at the Sponsored Walk & 5K Run

The Parents Association of St. Brendan’s N.S., Rathcoole recently organised a sponsored walk and 5k run in aid of the school. This was held on Sunday 8th March 2015 and was a tremendous success! Many people participated in both the walk and the 5K run and a good day was had by all. We would like to thank our ever active and much appreciated Parents Association for all of their hard work in the lead up to the event.

Here are a few snaps taken on the day. If you were one of the many in attendance, you might just find yourself featured!

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Ice Cream Day 2014

The sun smiled on us on Thursday June 12th as we celebrated Ice Cream Day for Down Syndrome Ireland.  Thanks to all from the whole school community who ran and supported the event…  we had great fun, and raised €519 for Down Syndrome.

Colour Me Beautiful

Make a note in your diary for an evening of style, fashion and fun in St. Brendan’s N.S. with Joan Cashman on Friday February 28th.

Joan Cashman, a senior personal image trainer with Color Me Beautiful is one of Europe’s leading Consultants. She is frequently called upon by television, national radio, and by magazines to comment on all aspects of image, make-up, style, and fashion. Doors open at 7 p.m. for a cheese and wine reception and the show starts at 8 p.m. A great fun night is assured.

Tickets @ €10 are available from the Parents’ Association committee members and also from the office.



Bazaar – Next Sunday November 24th

The Annual Dromtariffe Bazaar in aid of

Derrinagree, Dromagh and Rathcoole National Schools

is on Sunday 24th November from 2 – 6 p.m.

Thanks to all the families who have returned their Bazaar tickets and especially to those who have volunteered baking or help on the day.

Any donations of bric-a-brac, books, bottles, toys, handbags, groceries, unwanted gifts etc. for the Bazaar will be gratefully received at the school on Friday or at the Hall from 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Entries for the Childrens’ Christmas Art Competition will be collected on Friday.

Bazaar Poster



Mass for the New School Year

Pupils, parents, staff and Board of Management members gathered this morning for a beautiful celebration of Mass in the school Hall, to mark the beginning of the new school year and the National Day of Prayer for Children. Our theme was Friendship Near and Far, and so we sang the World Missions anthem “Children Helping Children” reminding us of children in far off countries, and Alive-O song “One Won’t Do” celebrating playing together in school.  Pupils from Junior Infants to 6th class were involved throughout the ceremony and displayed their many talents as readers, singers, musicians, percussionists, and even dancers!

During the mass, Fr. Comer welcomed all our new pupils, reminded us that Jesus Is Our Friend and distributed little prayer booklets “A Prayer in my Pocket”… one for everybody in the audience school.

Finally we honoured a friendship which has lasted 37 years so far, as the Board of Management and Parents’ Association presented tokens of appreciation to Margaret and Dan Joe O’Keeffe on their retirement from Rathcoole Shop and Post Office.  Mrs. O’Connor reminded us that the O’Keeffes have been great friends to the school in so many ways over the years, providing savings stamps and sweets, altar cloths and candlesticks, not to mention their phone answering and mail minding services!

Donal McCarthy mentioned their commitment and loyal service to the Board of Management – Margaret as Treasurer, and Dan Joe as Chairman of the Fundraising and 160th Commemoration committees.  Mrs. Lynch gave Margaret a beautiful bouquet of flowers and Veronica Murphy made a presentation on behalf of the Parents.

(Thanks to Mary Condon for the photographs)