St Brendans College Killarney

Welcome to St Brendan’s College

St. Brendan’s College has an energetic, expert staff, focused on the provision of a holistic education for all of our students.  We enjoy a rich educational heritage, we are housed in an exceptional building, excellently formatted to ensure progressive facilities for a 21st century education. Under the Major Capital Works Programme, we are now planning a €20 million re imagination of these buildings.

We offer a broad curriculum, beginning with a first year taster programme, the Junior Certificate and a breadth of Senior Cycle programmes including Transition Year, Traditional Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate…

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At St. Brendan’s we offer comprehensive student centred Junior and Senior Cycle programmes – with a choice of....

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Historic first for St. Brendan’s College:

The leap day proved to be our lucky day up in Gormanstown yesterday as both our U15 and U18 Olympic handball teams claimed All Ireland titles!! Coaches Ms. Kelliher, Ms. Hodges and Ms. Kehoe were incredibly proud of how the teams navigated their way through the tricky group stages on the day after a very early morning start leaving Killarney at 4am. The boys definitely didn’t show any signs of tiredness as they progressed into their respective finals. Both finals were closely contested affairs and the boys showed their grit and determination to come out on top and bring both cups back to the kingdom!! A big thank you to Mr. Doyle for his contributions on the day also.
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Historic first for St. Brendan’s College:

The leap day proved to be our lucky day up in Gormanstown yesterday as both our U15 and U18 Olympic handball teams claimed All Ireland titles!! Coaches Ms. Kelliher, Ms. Hodges and Ms. Kehoe were incredibly proud of how the teams navigated their way through the tricky group stages on the day after a very early morning start leaving Killarney at 4am. The boys definitely didn’t show any signs of tiredness as they progressed into their respective finals. Both finals were closely contested affairs and the boys showed their grit and determination to come out on top and bring both cups back to the kingdom!! A big thank you to Mr. Doyle for his contributions on the day also.Image attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

SEM 2-15
Rochestown 1-8

A brilliant first half display had the Sem well on our way to victory today in Banteer. Some excellent scores including a counterattack goal had us out in front 1-8 to 0-4 at half time.
Playing against a strong breeze, Rochestown had a purple patch for 10 minutes where they scored 1-2 to give them a glimmer of hope. However, we responded well to see off the challenge and advance to the semifinal against St. Pats Castleisland next week.
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SEM 2-15
Rochestown 1-8 

A brilliant first half display had the Sem well on our way to victory today in Banteer. Some excellent scores including a counterattack goal had us out in front 1-8 to 0-4 at half time.  
Playing against a strong breeze, Rochestown had a purple patch for 10 minutes where they scored 1-2 to give them a glimmer of hope. However, we responded well to see off the challenge and advance to the semifinal against St. Pats Castleisland next week.

‘ Breaking News!!

Not one but two All Ireland Olympic Handball Champion Teams are coming back to the Sem!!
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‘ Breaking News!!

Not one but two All Ireland Olympic Handball Champion Teams are coming back to the Sem!!

Introducing our February role model, Ms. "Mish" O’Donoghue, a beloved third-year yearhead and maths teacher at St. Brendan’s. Known for her dedication, warmth, and ability to inspire, Mish can often be found in the music room alongside Ms. O’Connell, nurturing and guiding the young men of the Sem. Her kindness, hard work, and genuine understanding leave a lasting impact on all who cross her path, ensuring that her influence extends far beyond the school walls for the boys of St. Brendan’s. “They say ‘A teacher affects eternity; you can never tell where their influence stops.’ You have impacted eternity, Mish." See MoreSee Less

Introducing our February role model, Ms. Mish ODonoghue, a beloved third-year yearhead and maths teacher at St. Brendans. Known for her dedication, warmth, and ability to inspire, Mish can often be found in the music room alongside Ms. OConnell, nurturing and guiding the young men of the Sem. Her kindness, hard work, and genuine understanding leave a lasting impact on all who cross her path, ensuring that her influence extends far beyond the school walls for the boys of St. Brendans. “They say A teacher affects eternity; you can never tell where their influence stops. You have impacted eternity, Mish.

Munster Schools Cross Country Championships
Congratulations to the 20 students who represented the school at the Munster Schools Cross Country Championships in Tramore Valley Park on Tuesday 27th of February. This was a hugely successful championships for all who competed.
The Minor Boys team won bronze overall. Ryan Vickers ran a very strong race to claim an individual silver medal. Josh Salvador, Robert Murphy, Jack Kelly, Eoin Brosnan, Daithí Kelly and Darragh Fleming made up the rest of our very impressive minor boys team.
The Junior Boys team were crowned winners of their age category and were awarded with the Junior Boys Perpetual Shield. Jack Culloty was our first student to finish the race in 10th position. He was joined on the team by Tadhg Ó Dubháin, Conor Duffin, Conor Moynihan, Conn McGlynn, Kiernan Kelly and Leo Allen.
The Senior Boys team also won bronze in their age group. Ted O’Gorman was our first student home in 17th position. He was closely followed by his teammates Daire O’Brien, Cian Forde, Kevin Looney, Seán O’Donovan and Harry Bolger.
After a day of highly competitive racing, our students were awarded the Munster Schools Cross Country Cup for the best overall school in Munster on the day!
The three qualifying teams are now looking forward to the National Cross Country Championships which are taking place in Tymon Park in Dublin on the 9th of March. We wish them the very best of luck!
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Munster Schools Cross Country Championships
Congratulations to the 20 students who represented the school at the Munster Schools Cross Country Championships in Tramore Valley Park on Tuesday 27th of February. This was a hugely successful championships for all who competed. 
The Minor Boys team won bronze overall. Ryan Vickers ran a very strong race to claim an individual silver medal. Josh Salvador, Robert Murphy, Jack Kelly, Eoin Brosnan, Daithí Kelly and Darragh Fleming made up the rest of our very impressive minor boys team.
The Junior Boys team were crowned winners of their age category and were awarded with the Junior Boys Perpetual Shield. Jack Culloty was our first student to finish the race in 10th position. He was joined on the team by Tadhg Ó Dubháin, Conor Duffin, Conor Moynihan, Conn McGlynn, Kiernan Kelly and Leo Allen. 
The Senior Boys  team also won bronze in their age group. Ted OGorman was our first student home in 17th position. He was closely followed by his teammates Daire OBrien, Cian Forde, Kevin Looney, Seán ODonovan and Harry Bolger. 
After a day of highly competitive racing, our students were awarded the Munster Schools Cross Country Cup for the best overall school in Munster on the day!
The three qualifying teams are now looking forward to the National Cross Country Championships which are taking place in Tymon Park in Dublin on the 9th of March. We wish them the very best of luck!Image attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment

Congratulations to some of our Transition Year English students who have been selected as Regional Finalists in this years Fresh Film Young Filmmakers Awards! Five films from St. Brendan’s have been selected and will be shown on the big screen in Cork next week. Well done & best of luck to all. See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to some of our Transition Year English students who have been selected as Regional Finalists in this years Fresh Film Young Filmmakers Awards! Five films from St. Brendans have been selected and will be shown on the big screen in Cork next week. Well done & best of luck to all.

Well done to our 5th year LCVP classes who presented Kerry Hospice Foundation with the €9,500 raised from their Christmas jumper day fundraiser on Friday. This substantial amount of money will be put to great use by Kerry Hospice to help those in their care. Of course, this would not have been possible without the generosity of all the schools who took part in this wonderful fundraiser, thank you all. See MoreSee Less

Well done to our 5th year LCVP classes who presented Kerry Hospice Foundation with the €9,500 raised from their Christmas jumper day fundraiser on Friday. This substantial amount of money will be put to great use by Kerry Hospice to help those in their care. Of course, this would not have been possible without the generosity of all the schools who took part in this wonderful fundraiser, thank you all.Image attachment

Skipper and Pip from Sera Husky and Animal Rescue were back in school today visiting out transition year students. Maurice from Sera Husky spoke to our students about caring for animals and the day to day running of a rescue in 2024, he spoke to the boys about the responsibility involved in being a pet owner and how important it is to research before you decide to get a pet. Today Maurice also introduced the boys to wiggles the snake and Parker the spider to further educate the boys in the importance of understanding what is involved in caring for these more exotic pets. A huge thanks to Maurice and the crew for making the time to visit our school today , as always it was a hugely rewarding experience. Thanks to Billy in 5 LCA also for his help in looking after the dogs during the visit Sera Husky and Animal Rescue Sera Husky & Animal Rescue Charity Shop Tralee See MoreSee Less

Skipper and Pip from Sera Husky and Animal Rescue were back in school today visiting out transition year students. Maurice from Sera Husky spoke to our students about caring for animals and the day to day running of a rescue in 2024, he spoke to the boys about the responsibility involved in being a pet owner and how important it is to research  before you decide to get a pet. Today Maurice also introduced the boys to wiggles the snake and Parker the spider to further educate the boys in the importance of understanding what is involved in caring for these more exotic pets. A huge thanks to Maurice and the crew for making the time to visit our school today , as always it was a hugely rewarding experience. Thanks to Billy in 5 LCA also for his help in looking after the dogs during the visit Sera Husky and Animal Rescue Sera Husky & Animal Rescue Charity Shop TraleeImage attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment

French language exchange with Lycée Blaise Cendrars, Switzerland
The return leg of our Swiss exchange is in full swing since last Thursday. 18 students from Lycée Blaise Cendrars arrived in Killarney for a week long cultural and linguistic exchange. The students are attending school daily and have enjoyed trips to Muckross House and a boat trip to Lough Leane. The exchange is open to students of French in TY and 5th year.
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French language exchange with Lycée Blaise Cendrars,  Switzerland 
The return leg of our Swiss exchange is in full swing since last Thursday.  18 students from Lycée Blaise Cendrars arrived in Killarney for a week long cultural and linguistic exchange. The students are attending school daily and have enjoyed trips to Muckross House and a boat trip to Lough Leane. The exchange is open to students of French in TY and 5th year.Image attachmentImage attachment

Our Transition Year students had a weeks work experience last week. Here is a photo of some of them at Tricel. Work experience offers students the time to go out into the work place and experience careers they might study in the future. See MoreSee Less

Our Transition Year students had a weeks work experience last week. Here is a photo of some of them at Tricel. Work experience offers students the time to go out into the work place and experience careers they might study in the future.

U15 Russell Cup

"Our U15 football team had their first game of the Russell Cup against Rathmore in Dr Crokes. Our team showed that their training and commitment has paid off and came away with a comprehensive win. Next game is against ISK. Well done to all involved."
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U15 Russell Cup

Our U15 football team had their first game of the Russell Cup against Rathmore in Dr Crokes. Our team showed that their training and commitment has paid off and came away with a comprehensive win. Next game is against ISK. Well done to all involved.

Congratulations to Adam, Daithi, and Evan, TY students, who excelled at the YSI Dragons Den today. They secured funding and mentorship for their project "Men Of Honour" after impressing the judges with their innovative pitch. Up next, our YSI Speakout Performance awaits at Cork City Hall on March 7th. See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Adam, Daithi, and Evan, TY students, who excelled at the YSI Dragons Den today. They secured funding and mentorship for their project Men Of Honour after impressing the judges with their innovative pitch. Up next, our YSI Speakout Performance awaits at Cork City Hall on March 7th.Image attachmentImage attachment

Congratulations to Adam, Daithi, and Evan, TY students, who excelled at the YSI Dragons Den today. They secured funding and mentorship for their project "Men Of Honour" after impressing the judges with their innovative pitch. Up next, our YSI Speakout Performance awaits at Cork City Hall on March 7th. See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Adam, Daithi, and Evan, TY students, who excelled at the YSI Dragons Den today. They secured funding and mentorship for their project Men Of Honour after impressing the judges with their innovative pitch. Up next, our YSI Speakout Performance awaits at Cork City Hall on March 7th.Image attachmentImage attachment

Sem boys enjoying an interactive and educational trip to Muckross House & Gardens this morning.
Our beautiful JJ surveying the grounds of Muckross House
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Sem boys enjoying an interactive and educational trip to Muckross House & Gardens this morning.
Our beautiful JJ surveying the grounds of Muckross House
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Sem boys enjoying an interactive and educational trip to Muckross House & Gardens this morning. See MoreSee Less

Sem boys enjoying an interactive and educational trip to Muckross House & Gardens this morning.Image attachmentImage attachment

St Brendan’s U17 Soccer team progressed to the Munster final yesterday with a 3-0 victory over Christian Brothers Cork. This was an excellent and focused win over a very good Christian Brothers side who kept fighting until the final whistle. As a school we look forward to meeting Ard Scoil na Mara, Tramore from Co Waterford in the final in the coming weeks. Well done all.

Scorers – Luke Doolan , Jack Rudden , Ben Kelliher

Man of the Match- Ben Kelliher
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St Brendans U17 Soccer team progressed to the Munster final yesterday with a 3-0 victory over Christian Brothers Cork.  This was an excellent and focused win over a very good Christian Brothers side who kept fighting until the final whistle. As a school we look forward to meeting  Ard Scoil na Mara, Tramore from Co Waterford in the final in the coming weeks.  Well done all. 
 
Scorers - Luke Doolan , Jack Rudden , Ben Kelliher 
 
Man of the Match- Ben Kelliher

Shadow of a Gunman’ by Sean O’Casey attended by 3rd Year English classes in Siamsa Tire, Tralee. All were impressed by the playwright’s timeless exploration of what it means to be Irish. See MoreSee Less

Shadow of a Gunman by Sean OCasey attended by 3rd Year English classes in Siamsa Tire, Tralee. All were impressed by the playwrights timeless exploration of what it means to be Irish.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

Well done to our 32 students who competed in the South Munster Cross Country Championships in Tramore Valley Park in Cork on the 9th of January. All students represented the school to the highest standard and should all be very proud of their hard work and achievements.
The minor boys were first to take to the course and their combined efforts saw the team secure bronze overall. Ryan Vickers claimed gold in the race.
The junior boys team also won bronze in their category. Jack Culloty ran a very powerful race to finish 4th.
The intermediate boys team were just outside the medals in a very competitive race but all students put in a huge effort and fought right to the end.
The senior boys team claimed a well earned silver medal with Ted O’Gorman coming in 11th and claiming an individual qualifying spot.
We are very proud to have three teams qualify for the Munster Schools Cross Country Championships which will be taking place on the 27th of February in Tramore Valley Park. We wish all of our students the very best of luck!
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Well done to our 32 students who competed in the South Munster Cross Country Championships in Tramore Valley Park in Cork on the 9th of January. All students represented the school to the highest standard and should all be very proud of their hard work and achievements.
The minor boys were first to take to the course and their combined efforts saw the team secure bronze overall. Ryan Vickers claimed gold in the race.
The junior boys team also won bronze in their category. Jack Culloty ran a very powerful race to finish 4th.  
The intermediate boys team were just outside the medals in a very competitive race but all students put in a huge effort and fought right to the end.
The senior boys team claimed a well earned silver medal with Ted OGorman coming in 11th and claiming an individual qualifying spot. 
We are very proud to have three teams qualify for the Munster Schools Cross Country Championships which will be taking place on the 27th of February in Tramore Valley Park. We wish all of our students the very best of luck!Image attachmentImage attachment+6Image attachment
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