Category: ‘Active Schools Programme’

Offaly school Hurling Champions 2022

June 10, 2022

Champions !!!!!!!!!!
St Brendan’s PS Birr and Gaelscoil Na Laochra Biorra Congratulations to the boys ( All 29 of them ) who played an amazing game to beat a strong and skilful Rath NS team in Offaly Cumann Na Mbunscoil Division A final – Great start and super performances from our 6th class leaders to lead at half time 2-5 to 0-4 The boys kicked on in second half to put their bodies on the line and deny Rath any momentum . Goals win matches and second half provided these to come out on top in final score 7-8 to 2-9 🏴🏳️🏴🏳️🏴🏳️🏴
Joint captains Robert Landy and Barry Bennett raised the cup to great cheers !⭐️⭐️ Well done to Mr Kennedy ( coach ) 💪and Ms Pilkington / Mr Crofton and all the staff who support and promote school hurling along with the excellent groundwork being done on a weekly basis by GDO Adrian Clancy 👏
Thanks to staff /Parents Association St. Brendan’s Boys School, Birr, Birrand all the younger boys for the amazing support at St Brendan’s Park Birr on a gorgeous pitch by Birr Gaa- Thanks to Declan Cooke for his excellent refereeing and to Declan Ward and his fantastic committee of volunteers at Cumann Na Mbunscoil Offaly 🙏🙏
Biorra Abu !!

March 22- Start of Cumann na mBunscoil Hurling 2022

April 7, 2022

St Brendan’s PS / Gaelscoil Na Laochra hurling team 2022 !
Boys played their first championship match earlier today v Rath NS – competitive game in tough conditions with Rath coming out on top – great to see a panel of 29 boys travelling out – boys need to kick on now and get the hours in with school / club and ball work at home

March 22- Dance programme with Lisa

April 7, 2022

2nd class – Unstoppable!!! ❤️❤️

Thanks to Gravity Dance Academy for our final dance session with Lisa – huge thanks to Offaly Arts for their support with this programme. Today we welcomed a little boy to 2nd class ( dancing in video) who has fled the war in Ukraine – What a lovely way to welcome him to Ireland / Offaly /Birr / St Brendan’s PS – Let’s dance not fight in our world ❤️💪 🇺🇦

November 21- Visit of Birr Intermediate county champions

November 30, 2021

Last week we were honoured to welcome some members of the victorious Birr intermediate hurling team to the school. Traditionally there would be a big whole school welcome for a county win but COVID safety meant a small outdoor gathering with 5th and 6th class bubbles . captain Mick Mulrooney and coach Johnny Kelly along with players told the boys about the great win and the importance of working hard to achieve these days – there were many tough days and great sacrifice which led to this point so we hope the boys will get inspiration for this visit. It was heartening to hear how these men fondly remember starting their hurling at school and of the friends they still have from playing the game together – our boys were encouraged to make the most of the excellent school coaching now with Adrian Clancy- the boys got some lovely photos with the cup and some hurls signed and please God the next time Birr come back with a county title we will lift the roof off the hall with a welcome 🙏

Ireland Rugby past pupil visit

November 30, 2021

Delighted and honoured to welcome back Past pupil and rising rugby star Ronan Loughnane back to our school. Ronan proudly presented the school with his Ireland u20 jersey – Ronan spoke with some classes and the boys loved to hear about how hard work and self belief are the key ingredients in following your dream – a young Ronan ( pictured ) was at the school back in 2013 when another famous past pupil Peter Dooley presented the school with his Ireland u20 jersey – young Ronan returned home and told his dad Barry that some day he would have an Ireland rugby jersey on the school wall beside Peters – inspirational stuff !!
We wish Ronan well in his exciting career and we hope that he continues to work hard towards the goal of a full international cap – boys of Birr – dream big ! Denis R @BirrRugby

1st March 2021- Phased reopening

March 5, 2021

The sunny weather 🌞and being back at school with friends in senior infants – Magic !! 😎

October 2020- Kayaking on the Shannon

November 1, 2020

Thank you again to Birr OEC for the amazing opportunity handed to some of our 5t class boys last week –
They were volunteers for KAYAK instructor training on the shannon – Great fun!

Oct 2020- Happy 142 Birthday St Brendan’s PS

October 5, 2020

Happy Birthday St Brendans PS Birr – 142 years old today ! – thanks to Brother Denis for joining Mr Crofton at school gate to acknowledge the proud heritage of Presentation Brothers who founded our lovely school back on Oct 2nd 1878 / covid safe celebrations today to acknowledge the event and please God we can create a gathering in future years – lovely photos of some of our school community this morning ❤️

Thanks to Glanmore foods for helping us celebrate school birthday with 200 individually wrapped muffins today so all the boys could enjoy the birthday in a covid safe way – 😀

Sept 20- BIRR OEC

October 5, 2020

3rd- 6th class groups

had a great time earlier today at Birr OEC helping Yanni and the team with their instructor training – thanks for the amazing opportunity guys and for doing so in such a safe way 👍

Hurling Coaching 2020

February 19, 2020

Coaching with Adrian is going great with all classes. Boys from 2nd class accepted the donation of sliotars , helmets and hurls from Birr GAA Club presented by
Michael and Charlie
Loughnane,
Mile buiochas 🙂