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School Calendar 2017-2018

September 22, 2017

St.Brendan’s PS                   School Calendar 2017/ 2018


School reopens                                                                           Thursday  31st August 2017

Mid Term Break                                      Closing                      Friday 27th   October 2017

Re-opening               Monday 6th    November 2017


Christmas Holidays                               Closing                        Friday  22nd December 2017                                                                                                                                                                            Re-opening                 Monday 8th January 2018


Mid Term Break                                    Closed                         Thursday 15th  February 2018

Closed                         Friday 16th February 2018


St. Patricks day                                     Closed                         Monday 19th March

* Easter Holidays                                  Closing                       Friday 23rd March  2018

Re-opening                Monday 9th  April 2018


May Bank Holiday weekend                  Closed                         Monday  7th   May 2018

Closed                         Tuesday  8th    May 2018


June Bank Holiday weekend                 Closed                         Friday 1st   June 2018

Closed                         Monday 4th   June 2018

Closed                         Tuesday 5th  June 2018


Summer Holidays                                   Closing                                    Thursday 28th  June 2018


* The Department of Education and skills has informed all schools that they may stay open for up to 3 days (During Easter Holidays) to make up for any time lost due to unforeseen closures if these occur during the school year 2016/2017. Eg: Weather


Kind regards,


Niall Crofton (Principal)

Raising 5th Green Flag- 2017

July 20, 2017

We raised the Green flag for Bio-diversity at the end of June also. The committee spoke about all the work that had been carried out by pupils and teachers. The flag was raised by Mrs Lonergan and then all the boys got to get some ice-cream from the van. Thanks to our fantastic Parents Association for sponsoring the ice- creams which were very popular on the day!

School reopens for pupils on Thursday 31st August and we wish pupils and families a happy and safe summer.








End of year awards 2017

July 20, 2017

End of year awards hold a special place in our hearts as they celebrate our young peoples achievements at school while remembering those from our school community who have sadly passed away. Special trophies and awards have been created over the years and June is a special time where we invite members of the various families back to St Brendans to present these awards to the next generations.

The Brother Finian Cup for the 6th class long race was won by Ben Miller
The McManus Cup ( Special Achievement Award) was won by Nanghal Khan
The Derek Maher Trophy (Student of the year) was won by Damien Delaney
The Aidan Rosney Cup (Snr Hurler of the year) was won by Darragh McNamara
The Kenneth Fox cup (Winning Capt of Senior Hurling league) was won by Ailbe Watkins.
The St.Brendans Cup (Winning Capt.Of Junior Hurling League) was won by Ruairi Mooney.
The Junior Hurler of the year went to James Carroll.
The Johnny Cleary Cup( Most Improved Hurler) was won by Canice Stevenson (6th).
Annual spelling bee champion Damien Delaney.
























Mr Kelly retirement June 2017

July 20, 2017

St Brendan’s PS Birr past and present came together on Friday 23rd June 2017 to celebrate the teaching career of its Deputy Principal Mr Niall Kelly. Niall began his teaching career back on 1st September 1981 when he walked through the gates of St Brendan’s Boys Primary school and has taught the boys of Birr with passion and commitment each year for 36 years. The school celebrated this achievement and thanked him for his service at our end of year mass in our wonderfully decorated school hall. The theme of the mass was “ Light and sunshine” which was celebrated by Fr David Carroll. A candle was lit in memory of our dear friend Tommy at the beginning accompanied by a medley of special songs by the boys. The current pupils of the school did themselves proud with beautiful song ,music and reading during the mass.

The school surprised Mr Kelly by organising some of his former teaching colleagues from the Presentation Brothers to attend. We were delighted to welcome Brother Andrew, Brother Ultan, Brother Vincent and Brother DePaul who was principal of the school when Niall was teaching. At the end of the mass some presentations were made to Niall and his wife Assumpta from the Parents Association ( Caroline Boyd) and the Board of Management ( Fiona Ward and Adrian Sheils). Indeed it was fitting that Adrian and Luke Sheils made presentations on the day with Adrian being a pupil in Niall’s first class in the school and his son Luke being in Niall’s school guitar band during his final year this year. The boys then all sang a song composed by the amazing Majella Killeen about Niall’s life and teaching which did bring a tear to the eye. Then Niall spoke and thanked all involved in his wonderful journey over the past 36 years. He was looking forward to retirement but can look back proudly and fondly at his teaching career in Birr. He wished all associated with St Brendan’s PS well into the future.











Birr Lunchtime cycle

June 18, 2017

Wednesday 14th June – 5th and 6th class boys with Offaly sports partnership
cycle 2

cycle 3

cycle 4

cycle group

Jersey day 2017

June 18, 2017

Jersey day—June 2017
Thanks to all for your donations to Jersey day last Friday. The total raised was €177.05 A cheque for €100 was sent to Faithful Fields GAA through Cumann na mbunscoil with €77.05 being donated to the Birr U14 Feile team fund.
jersey day offaly 2017

CPR -First responder training 2017

June 13, 2017

We were delighted to link up with Birr responders again this year to upskill in the area of CPR and First Aid. The staff of the school did after-school sessions with David McEvoy and all agreed that it was an excellent course to do and a great skill to have in life.
David then organized Ross and Christina to do a day course with our 6th class pupils and their parents. The boys really got stuck and we were delighted to have so many parents attend. Thanks to Ms.Treacy, Rose Harte and Carambola for the tea and sandwiches. Sincere thanks to Birr Responder group for being so generous with their time and expertise. David McEvoy pledged to try train 1000 people this year and I believe our school brought him near 700 so that’s fantastic going to all concerned.
1st responders staff CPD

6th CPR

Green flag awarded 2017- Biodiversity

June 13, 2017

Green flag awarded to St Brendan’s PS 2017
St Brendan’s PS were awarded their 5th Green Flag from An Taisce this month at the regional awards ceremony in Athlone. This was the culmination of 2 years work by our fantastic Green Schools committee led by teachers Sarah Pilkington and Paula Doyle. The committee was made up of pupils from each of our older classes. Jack and Dylan travelled to Athlone representing the boys and they look fab in full uniform as well—fair play lads! Pictured also is Mieke Scholte who is our long standing support from An Taisce. The committee will celebrate in style with lunch down town before June and we hope to raise the flag on the last day of this term—Friday 30th June,
Their green code for this flag was—
You and me, together can help Bio-diversity.
green schools flag award 2017

Hurling final 2017

May 19, 2017

Delighted and proud that our hurling team has again managed to make it back to the allianz offaly cumann na mbunscoil finals.
All support welcome to cheer on the boys !!

Venue – St Brendan’s Park Birr
All teams must be strictly on the pitch 20 minutes
before their match is due to start for Team photograph and parade

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

3.15pm Camogie Group B – Killoughey Schools vs Mercy Primary School , Birr
4.30 Boys Hurling Group A- Killoughey Schools vs St. Brendan’s N.S. Birr
5.45 Boys Hurling Group B – Seir Kieran N.S. Clareen VS Coolderry

Please inform parents/supporters that there will be a €3 charge per adult to attend the finals. This will be used to cover the cost of referees, medals, pipers, programmes etc. There will be no charge for children. Any money left over from final expenses goes back into Cumann na mBunscol accounts and is used to subsidize hurls , helmets and equipment.

• Please ensure that only team officials are on the side line during games. Both venues used for the finals have excellent covered seating and there is no need for parents or supporters to be on the sideline during games.
• Each school is responsible for providing their own first aid for their players.
• Each school is responsible for the conduct of their own supporters.

May 17- Green school award !!

April 28, 2017

Green Flag Awards Ceremony: Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone

Dear Green-Schools Committee,

An Taisce has great pleasure in informing you that your application for the International Green Flag award has been successful. Congratulations on all your hard work and achievement, we hope you can celebrate with us at an upcoming National Green Flag awards ceremony.

Great work and well done to all involved-