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.

Dromtariffe Well Day

Every year on the 6th May, our parish celebrates Dromtariffe Well Day.  Mass is celebrated at the well which is situated near the old Dromtariffe church and graveyard. This day was a special parish holiday up to about the 1940’s and all the schools had the day off!

In the late 19th and early 20th century, hundreds thronged to the well from all over Muskerry and Duhallow. Bicycles, horses, carriages and carts crowded the approach roads. Traders, Three Card Tricksters and Trick o’ the Loopsters vied to relieve the patrons of their pennies. It was an ideal opportunity in those days to meet relations, friends and neighbours. Music and dance entertained all once the serious, religious matter of the well was sorted.

To fulfil tradition, the custom was to recite decades of the rosary while walking clockwise around the well. The water was sampled and rags seeking a cure for an ailment were hung on the whitethorn tree. As the rag rotted, the ailment was cured. The well was reputed to provide a cure for sore eyes.

Last Wednesday, crowds arrived  in motor cars which lined the narrow road leading to the well. Fr.Comer said Mass within the well walls to an attendance of about 150. Rags were hung on the whitethorn tree and many sampled the water from the well. Modern amplification broadcast the mass while birds and bees hovered around the pollen laden catkins of the willow inside the well walls.

The Active Retirement Club organised an evening of ‘Ceol agus Craic’ in the Community Hall after the mass. We enjoyed tea and cake and lively music. Tomás Cronin, 3rd class, gave a marvellous demonstration of sean-nós dancing and  Ms.Fahy’s Fifth & Sixth class pupils prepared an artistic and informative project on the well which was much admired. Photos taken of their wonderful work are below. DanJoe O’Keeffe (ex-Postmaster) gave a most interesting talk on the traditions surrounding Well Day and a DVD  – ‘The  Holy Wells of Duhallow’ -rounded off the evening.

The whole school enjoyed listening to the Fifth & Sixth class presenting their Project on the well and look forward to celebrating Well Day next year.

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Blackwater Source To Sea Challenge In Aid of BUMBLEance


The guys at Mondelez, Rathmore are taking on a challenge to raise funds and awareness for BUMBLEance! The challenge is to travel 105 miles from the source of the River Blackwater in Ballydesmond to the sea at Youghal. The team are planning to leave from Ballydesmond on Monday, March 23rd and arrive in Youghal on Saturday the 28th of March.

The aim is to travel the entire 105 miles of the River Blackwater from the Source to the Sea. The team of five undertaking the journey includes David O Keeffe, John Murt, Daniel Hickey, Danny Dillane and Denis Rahilly.

We here at St. Brendan’s N.S. Rathcoole, strongly encourage people to support this wonderful cause. If you would like to donate to the cause, please click on the following link:

There is also a facebook page and twitter account. Click the following links to access these:

BUMBLEance, the children’s ambulance service, provides stress-reducing journeys for children in state-of-the-art, safe and fun vehicles. If you would like to learn more about BUMBLEance, please visit their website by clicking the following link:

St.Patrick’s Concert

On Friday last, the 13th March, a St.Patrick’s Concert was held at the Dromtarriffe Parish Hall in aid of the hall itself. All three of the schools in the parish were asked to participate and, as usual, didn’t disappoint. The night was full of singing, dancing, storytelling and much more! It was a wonderful event and a great celebration of both the talent in the schools and of St.Patrick’s Day! Congratulations to all of those who took part, and not just to the fantastic performers. There were many people working behind the scenes to make the night a wonderful occasion for all involved.

These are just a few pictures taken of our own pupils from St. Brendan’s N.S. performing on the night….

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Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal


We were delighted to deliver 76 Christmas Presents for the Team Hope Christmas Appeal this week.  Here we are with our Shoebox Parcels.


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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.

Remembering our Loved Ones

The annual November Mass for the Holy Souls will be held in Rathcoole N.S. school hall on next Thurday, November 28th at 7:30 p.m.

Everyone in the school has added their leaf to our Remembrance Tree.  Additional leaves will be available on the night to add your own intentions.


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)