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15 Oct 2017

School and Naíonra closures due to weather warning

Posted by James Mernin.

School and Naíonra will be closed tomorrow Monday 16th October 2017 due to status red warning for wind. This decision is taken on advice from the Department of Education and Skills.

UPDATE 2017-10-16

The School and Naíonra will remain closed again tomorrow, Tuesday 17th October 2017, on foot of a decision earlier today by the Department of Education & Skills, in the interest of health & safety of all concerned:

10 Oct 2017

Confirmation and Communion Update

Posted by James Mernin.

The School Calendar has been updated to clarify the date, time and location of the Confirmations and Holy Communions for 2018, which will be:

  • Confirmation: Friday, 23 March 2018 @ 11:00am in The Holy Cross Church, Tramore.
  • Holy Communion: Saturday, 26 May 2018 @ 11:00am in The Holy Cross Church, Tramore.

30 Aug 2017

New Teachers 2017-2018

Posted by James Mernin.

The following will be staff arrangements for the coming school year.

  • Junior Infants – Múinteoir Méadhbh
  • Senior Infants – Múinteoir Cathy
  • First Class – Múinteoir Ailín / Múinteoir Caren (Jobsharing)
  • Second Class – Múinteoir Orna
  • Third Class – Múinteoir Clíona
  • Fourth Class – Múinteoir Orla
  • Fifth Class – Múinteoir Eibhlín
  • Sixth Class – Múinteoir Ben Mac Caoilte
  • Learning Support (two posts) – Múinteoir Caitlín, Múinteoir Kathryn
  • Special Needs Assistants – Fiona Ní Chadhla, Siobhán Uí Chuimín

27 Aug 2017

School Reopening for 2017-2018

Posted by James Mernin.

The school will reopen after the holidays on Thursday next the 31st August 2017 at 9:00 am. The usual full day for all except the new junior infants who will finish at 12:00. Senior infants will finish at 1:40pm.

The School Calendars for 2107-18 are available on the School Calendar page.

11 Jul 2017

Part time special needs assistant

Posted by James Mernin.

A vacancy for a part time special needs assistant has arisen in Gaelscoil Philib Barún. The Board of Management has advertised this vacancy on Educationposts.ie. Applicants with a proficient level of Irish will be considered. Further details available here.

22 Jun 2017

Newsletter, June 2017

Posted by James Mernin.

The latest school newsletter (June 2017) is now available on the Newsletters page.

22 Jun 2017

Book Lists 2017-2018

Posted by James Mernin.

The Book Lists for the 2017-2018 school year (for Junior Infants to 6th class) are now available here.

12 Jun 2017

Irish will be valued yet

Posted by James Mernin.

On the occasion opening of the new school building the following article was published in the Munster Express.

“Irish will be valued yet” — Philib Barron (1801-44)

Gaelscoil Philib Barún was founded over 30 years ago in Tramore to serve those in the community who had an interest in their native language and who wanted their children to experience immersion education in a Gaelscoil.

It was always a community project, beginning with a conversation among language enthusiasts who believed in “Yes we can” many years before it was fashionable. It was these few who recruited pupils for the school, appointed a principal and sought recognition from the Department of Education. Deirdre Ní Ghallachóir, that first principal, with 29 pupils started in a makeshift classroom and while the demand was there for the school many obstacles effected its growth from the start, notably the temporary nature of the accommodation, initially in Tramore House and then in Stella Maris House in Pond Road.

The Board of Management sought a site in the 1990s but it wasn’t until 2003 that temporary prefabs were put on a 2.5 acre site purchased by the Department of Education and Skills in Crobally Upper. It is on this site that the school’s wonderful new building sits overlooking the back strand, the sand dunes and Brownstown Head.

Gaelscoileanna have mushroomed over the past 50 years all over the country, north and south. Every town now offers choice to parents who may want their children to experience their native language as a living and vibrant language of instruction and learning. It is indeed right that finally Tramore has its own Gaelscoil that it can be proud of. The last native speaker in the area of Irish died in the 1960’s but Irish lives as a language within the gates of the Gaelscoil.

As Philip Barron, a native of Waterford and an Irish language enthusiast of the 1830’s, said “Gaelic will yet be valued again”. Until then it behoves us to reserve its place in our community.

9 Jun 2017

School Building Campaign Officially Ends

Posted by James Mernin.

It was with a sense of great pleasure and enormous pride that we formally decommissioned the Building Campaign section of the school website today, Friday, 9 June 2017. This was done as part of the official opening ceremony for the new school building which took place on the same day and signifies the formal end to the longest chapter in the school’s life.

To those of you that joined us on that journey and stood by us along the way, take a bow today and endure our unending gratitude from this day forward.

The school was officially opened by the Minister of Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, who also unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the special occasion.

The details of campaign have been preserved in the recently added Archives section of the website for historical purposes.

7 Jun 2017

Official School Opening

Posted by James Mernin.

All are welcome to the official opening of the new school building on Friday the 9th June 2017. The building will be blessed by the local clergy at 10:00am and the Minister of Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, will attend at 10:30 to unveil a commemorative plaque.

The Building Campaign section of the school website will also be formally decommissioned and archived as part of this ceremony signifying the formal end to that chapter in the school’s life.

The event will commence at 10am and we welcome children, parents, families, friends and anyone from the wider school community to share in our special day. The Parents Association will also help with traffic and the catering on the day so if you are available to volunteer they would very much appreciate it.