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Lá Fhéile Bríde


Today, 1st February, we celebrate the feast day of St. Brigid, Lá Fhéile Bríde. St. Brigid is one of the foremost saints in Ireland.

She is associated with spring and new growth. She was a wise and courageous leader and was renowned for her hospitality

and  her kindness to those in need. Her most famous monastery was in Kildare – Cill Dara – the Church of the Oak Wood.  

There are many stories about St. Brigid, the best known of which is St. Brigid’s Cloak. This tells us how she acquired land to build her monastery.

She is the patron saint of our school, Scoil Bhríde. Visit our outdoor performance space where you will see some lovely mosaic panels depicting the life and works of St Brigid.



Blue Flag

Blue Flag 1

The raising of our Blue Flag in September was a cause of great excitement. Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) was awarded the Blue Flag in recognition of the great work on Europe done by the children in every class during the last school year. The children learned about many aspects of European life today and throughout history. We had visits from Ministers Joan Burton and Leo Varadkar who spoke to the older girls about the workings of the European institutions (like the European Parliament). The children:

  • learned how decisions made in Europe affect us –and how we can influence the decisions that are made!
  • became aware of the rich body of work by European musicians, poets, authors and painters
  • explored European languages and the connections between them
  • did projects on European countries.

Their work was displayed throughout the school over the course of the year and the children presented their findings to each other.

In this way, every child learned many new things about Europe and they enjoyed themselves in the process


Book Launch

The launch of We Are Writers was a very enjoyable evening and a great success for all concerned. Seán Rocks, a former teacher in SBC very kindly acted as our Master of Ceremonies. 

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To see RTE’s news report on the launch of our school’s multilingual publication

We Are Writers

please click the video link below


Sincere thanks to all the teachers who guided their pupils through the process of drafting and editing the stories and to

Siobhán Kirwan Keane,

who worked tirelessly to co-ordinate the entire project.


Irish Aid 2011

Irish Aid

In February 2011 the 3rd Class won an award from Irish Aid for a wonderful project they undertook with the assistance of ESL teacher Bernie Dunne. The glass plaque is on view in the school hallway. It was awarded by the Dept. of Foreign Affairs which funds Irish Aid. The children compiled a booklet outlining The Eight Millennium Development Goals and what we can do. They included their own languages and were very proud of their input.


Two Weeks in Scoil Bhríde

In 2010, Ms Renee Moran had the wonderful idea of getting the then Sixth Class to make a photographic record of the old school. Over a two week period, the girls photographed our school buildings and grounds in great detail. For the girls themselves, this was a unique opportunity to heighten their visual awareness and to hone their photographic techniques. As the old building was demolished in order to make way for the current building, this publication is now a valuable  reference for historians and architects. It is also a valued record for all those who have known and loved Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní). We are grateful to Sheila Nunan, General Secretary of The Irish National Teachers’ Association, for launching the book for us.



Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) raises funds for flood relief

Ar Scáth A Chéile a Mhaireann na Daoine  – We all Depend on Each Other

In 2010, Padraig Walshe, president of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) was presented with a cheque for €800 by the pupils of Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní).

Having seen news reports of the devastation caused by flooding, especially in areas along the Shannon, the girls decided to hold a cake sale to raise funds to help alleviate distress in the households and farms affected. Padraig Walshe thanked the pupils and said that the fund would go to those most in need.



Saint Brigid, an Irish International Rugby Player and the Indian Ocean!

Following the Tsunami of 2004, many fundraising ventures were organised in Ireland to support victims of the tragedy.  One idea involved the organising of groups to raise money to buy basic boats for the local population.  These were then shipped to areas devastated by the catastrophe so that people could return to their traditional livelihoods of fishing and tourist-linked activities. 

The challenge to contribute to this was taken up by Siobhán Kirwan-Keane, a teacher at Scoil Bhríde Cailíní (Scoil Bhríde is the original national school that was built in 1956 to serve the local community of Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.  It now has an enrolment of almost 70% newcomer pupils from more than 40 different cultural and linguistic backgrounds).  Inspired by the story of the school’s patron, St. Brigid, Siobhán encouraged her pupils to knit a woollen square and be sponsored for their efforts.  Like St. Brigid’s cloak this idea grew to involve mothers and grandmothers connected with the school community, who resurrected their knitting needles to knit their own squares.  Their pieces were added to the squares made by the children and all were sewn together to form a garment in the style of St. Brigid’s cloak.  This was then raffled to raise the required funding to purchase a boat.  This was all successfully done and the boat was purchased, named by the children, and dispatched.  

Eight years later, former Irish rugby international Ron McCarten and his wife Edna, both residents of Blanchardstown, holidayed in Sri Lanka.  One of their trips took them through still partly ravaged areas in the southwest corner of Sri Lanka to the village of Balapitiya near Kosgoda on the river Madu Ganga.  One of the features of their journey involved a sea safari. Imagine their astonishment on being taken to their boat to find it was named St. Brigid’s NS Blanchardstown!  Along with several other boats, it continues to provide livelihoods for a considerable number of the inhabitants of this region. 

The Irish proverb ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine (we all depend on each other) continues to ring true!

Boat Photo


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