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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‘Ms Kelliher’s Science classes were given the opportunity to visit Blackrock Observatory Cork. They were given a talk on Ireland’s input in to the European Space Centre, and the next mission to the Moon being habitable by us. They constructed space rockets and launched them from the castle See MoreSee Less

Ms Kellihers Science classes were given the opportunity to visit Blackrock Observatory Cork. They were given a talk on Irelands input in to the European Space Centre, and the next mission to the Moon being habitable by us. They constructed space rockets and launched them from the castleImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

On Tuesday our first years travelled to Tralee RFC to compete in the final blitz of the year.

Both of our teams performed exceptionally well and scored some excellent tries under the guidance of Andrew O’Reilly, Director of Rugby.

Thanks also to our TY mentors Mark Kennelly, Tony Daly and Adam Lynch Herlihy for their work throughout the year.
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On Tuesday our first years travelled to Tralee RFC to compete in the final blitz of the year.

Both of our teams performed exceptionally well and scored some excellent tries under the guidance of Andrew OReilly, Director of Rugby.

Thanks also to our TY mentors Mark Kennelly, Tony Daly and Adam Lynch Herlihy for their work throughout the year.Image attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

Well done to all our TY students who competed their final work experience of the year last week. One of our students Cormac Purcell got the opportunity to compete his work experience in Dáil Éireann. See MoreSee Less

Well done to all our TY students who competed their final work experience of the year last week. One of our students Cormac Purcell got the opportunity to compete his work experience in Dáil Éireann.

4A transition years attended an ecology trip to the National Park on Monday where they looked at the natural habitat. See MoreSee Less

4A transition years attended an ecology trip to the National Park on Monday where they looked at the natural habitat.Image attachmentImage attachment

Our annual Chess knockout challenge began on Monday with 20 entries, including 3 brave members of staff. There was disappointment for Mr Kelliher and Ms O’Dowd who met their matches with Ivan O’Shea and Jack Halissey respectively. Our French assistant Jean qualified for round 2.
Round 2 saw great excitement with victories for Jack Hallisey,Cathan Harrington, Ivan O’Shea and Mateusz Golebicki.
There is one match yet to be played between Ross O’Gorman and Samuel Moore.
We look forward to the conclusion of the tournament at the end of the week.
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Our annual Chess knockout challenge began on Monday with 20 entries, including 3 brave members of staff. There  was disappointment for Mr Kelliher and Ms ODowd who met their matches with Ivan OShea and Jack Halissey respectively.  Our French assistant Jean qualified for round 2. 
Round 2 saw great excitement with victories for Jack Hallisey,Cathan Harrington, Ivan OShea and Mateusz Golebicki. 
There is one match yet to be played between Ross OGorman and Samuel Moore.
We look forward to the conclusion of the tournament at the end of the week.Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Some of the 2nd year students travelled to Cork today to visit the Blackrock Castle Observatory In groups they made rockets and created parachutes, which they dropped from the castle. Students learned about the various constellations and natural phenomena we are to expect in Space in the near future.
Living in Kerry is an astronomers dream, due the dark sky reserve which allows us to see the Space so much clearer at night.
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Some of the 2nd year students travelled to Cork today to visit the Blackrock Castle Observatory  In groups they made rockets and created parachutes, which they dropped from the castle. Students learned about the various constellations and natural phenomena we are to expect in Space in the near future.
Living in Kerry is an astronomers dream, due the dark sky reserve which allows us to see the Space so much clearer at night.Image attachmentImage attachment+6Image attachment

Both our junior and senior teams competed at the Munster climbing wall competition up in Cork before the Easter break.
Both teams competed well on the day and both junior teams qualify for the All-Ireland competition on Friday April 26th in Dublin. They came first and second in their age category in Munster! The senior team also placed a strong third.
Thanks again to Donie Mulcahy for his help and guidance so far.
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Both our junior and senior teams competed at the Munster climbing wall competition up in Cork before the Easter break. 
Both teams competed well on the day and both junior teams qualify for the All-Ireland competition on Friday April 26th in Dublin. They came first and second in their age category in Munster! The senior team also placed a strong third. 
Thanks again to Donie Mulcahy for his help and guidance so far.Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Congratulations to both YSI classes ‘Men of Honour-Redefining masculinity’ and ‘Men Have Mirrors Too’ who have been shortlisted to compete for the national title of Young Social Innovators of the Year. It’s a remarkable feat and the first time two projects from our school have reached this stage. See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to both YSI classes ‘Men of Honour-Redefining masculinity’ and ‘Men Have Mirrors Too’ who have been shortlisted to compete for the national title of Young Social Innovators of the Year. Its a remarkable feat and the first time two projects from our school have reached this stage.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

On Friday 12th the book launch for ‘Futures from the Past’ took place in St Brendan’s. The book was a result of a collaboration between the school’s Writer in Residence students and a group of Active Retired writers in Tralee, both guided by poet Noel King. Sales of the resulting publication will go to support the great work being done by Kerry Hospice. The book is currently available for sale from St Brendan’s at 9 euro. Thanks to Poetry Ireland and the Arts Office of Kerry County Council for their support. See MoreSee Less

On Friday 12th the book launch for Futures from the Past took place in St Brendans. The book was a result of a collaboration between the schools Writer in Residence students and a group of Active Retired writers in Tralee, both guided by poet Noel King. Sales of the resulting publication will go to support the great work being done by Kerry Hospice. The book is currently available for sale from St Brendans at 9 euro. Thanks to Poetry Ireland and the Arts Office of Kerry County Council for their support.Image attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

Eid Mubarak!

Wishing all in our school community a peaceful and happy day of celebration.

Thank you to 2nd year Suhail Mallick for this beautiful piece of art for reception.
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Eid Mubarak!

Wishing all in our school community a peaceful and happy day of celebration.

Thank you to 2nd year Suhail Mallick for this beautiful piece of art for reception.

Our first years played a training match against a strong Kerry FC U14 side over the Easter break. A great day out for both sides. Big thanks to Kerry FC for having us at Mounthawk Park, we wish the players and coaches all the best for their upcoming fixtures and the rest of their season. Thanks to Marta for the photographs Pix360_adam See MoreSee Less

Our first years played a training match against a strong Kerry FC U14 side over the Easter break. A great day out for both sides. Big thanks to Kerry FC for having us at Mounthawk Park, we wish the players and coaches all the best for their upcoming fixtures and the rest of their season. Thanks to Marta for the photographs Pix360_adamImage attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

Well done to 14 of our students and two teachers Ms Kelliher and Ms Buckley who completed the Killarney 5 mile run on Good Friday. See MoreSee Less

Well done to 14 of our students and two teachers Ms Kelliher and Ms Buckley who completed the Killarney 5 mile run on Good Friday.

April is World Autism Month. We are currently training with AsIAm to become an Autism Friendly School. This year in the college we are focusing on changing our language to be more respectful and inclusive. See slide 3 here, borrowed from @sparkingspeechtherapy which gives us a good place to start. See MoreSee Less

April is World Autism Month. We are currently training with AsIAm to become an Autism Friendly School. This year in the college we are focusing on changing our language to be more respectful and inclusive. See slide 3 here, borrowed from @sparkingspeechtherapy which gives us a good place to start.Image attachmentImage attachment

Congratulations to Callum Cox (1st year), Evans Cox (TY) and Aindi O Cathasaigh (TY) who represented Kerry in the Inter Area basketball tournament held in UL over the Easter. We are very proud of them and their achievements. See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Callum Cox (1st year), Evans Cox (TY) and Aindi O Cathasaigh (TY) who represented Kerry in the Inter Area basketball tournament held in UL over the Easter. We are very proud of them and their achievements.

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Seo Ian O’ Leary, buaiteoir grianghrafadóireachta Sheachtain na Gaeilge. "Dathanna an dúlra" Teideal a chnuasach grianghrafadóireachta.

This is Ian O’ Leary, winner of the Seachtain na Gaeilge Photography competition. "Dathanna an Dúlra" (Colours of Nature) is the title of his photography collection.
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Seo Ian O Leary, buaiteoir grianghrafadóireachta Sheachtain na Gaeilge. Dathanna an dúlra Teideal a chnuasach grianghrafadóireachta.

This is Ian O Leary, winner of the Seachtain na Gaeilge Photography  competition. Dathanna an Dúlra (Colours of Nature)  is the title of his photography collection.

Our annual trip to Mounthawk for a day of chess took place on Thursday 21st. Chess has become a popular lunchtime activity in the Sem and all are welcome to Room 411 every lunchtime. This year our team of 28 did combat with Mounthawk and Causeway. There were 70 players in total, with each player guaranteed 6 matches, after which the top 8 qualified for the quarter finals. Nicholas Neumann and Michael Crowley played wonderfully to reach this stage. Ivan O’Shea was outstanding in his play to reach the semi-finals. However, it was Luke Rennie who shocked the large crowd when he defeated the highly rated defending champion in his semi-final. Luke played to an extremely high standard and defeated his opponent on the clock. In the final, Luke fought bravely before going down to Champion Samuel Garvey.
Well done to all who played.
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Our annual trip to Mounthawk for a day of chess took place on Thursday 21st.  Chess has become a popular lunchtime activity in the Sem and all are welcome to Room 411 every lunchtime. This year our team of 28 did combat with Mounthawk and Causeway.  There were 70 players in total, with each player guaranteed 6 matches, after which the top 8 qualified for the quarter finals. Nicholas Neumann and Michael Crowley played wonderfully to reach this stage. Ivan OShea was outstanding in his play to reach the semi-finals. However, it was Luke Rennie who shocked the large crowd when he defeated the highly rated defending champion in his semi-final. Luke played to an extremely high standard and defeated his opponent on the clock. In the final, Luke fought bravely before going down to Champion Samuel Garvey. 
Well done to all who played.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

The Sem has never been more diverse and today, we are showing racism the red card. Our school community is made up of 29 nationalities. Our boys have grown up side by side and don’t see nationality, colour or creed when they look left and right – just their pals! We hope this, coupled with their learning in Religion, History, CSPE and SPHE will help them be more understanding, informed and empathetic and that these attributes will weave their way into society to help Ireland remain the land of Céad Míle Fáilte. #WRD
#wrd24 #showracismtheredcard
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The Sem has never been more diverse and today, we are showing racism the red card. Our school community is made up of 29 nationalities. Our boys have grown up side by side and dont see nationality, colour or creed when they look left and right - just their pals! We hope this, coupled with their learning in Religion, History, CSPE and SPHE will help them be more understanding, informed and empathetic and that these attributes will weave their way into society to help Ireland remain the land of Céad Míle Fáilte. #wrd
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Supporting World Down Syndrome Day 2024 in the Sem. Show your support by wearing colourful or mismatched socks. Donations can be made to Down Syndrome Kerry
#rockyoursock #AssumeICan #EndTheStereotypes
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Supporting World Down Syndrome Day 2024 in the Sem. Show your support by wearing colourful or mismatched socks. Donations can be made to Down Syndrome Kerry
#rockyoursock #assumeIcan #endthestereotypes
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