« Older Entries Subscribe to Latest Posts

21 May 2020

Book Rental 2020/21

Posted by James Mernin.

The Board of Management has raised slightly the cost of the book rental fees again this year to cover the cost of an online payment system.Due to guidelines in place while the Covid-19 pandemic is active the school will not be accepting cash payments. Instructions on how to facilitate this online payment system are available elsewhere on this site. Once this is done it will be very easy to complete any payments to be made to the school.

  • One Child: €143.26
  • Two Children in Family: €276.28 (€143.26 + €133.02)


  • Three Children in Family: €399.07 (€143.26 + €133.02 + €122.79)



Those parents who wish to purchase their own books, separate to the scheme, should inform the office but will still have to pay costs associated with reading resources, art, craft and photocopying of €51.46. The school office can be contacted by email only while the school is closed runaigspb@gmail.com or eolas@pilibbarun.com. All payments can be made in instalments online. Booklists will be on the school website from June.

20 May 2020

Newsletter, May 2020

Posted by James Mernin.

The latest school newsletters (May 2020) is now available on the Newsletters page.

13 May 2020

Online payments

Posted by Daithí de Paor.

Due to restrictions pertaining to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the school is putting a facility in place to allow parents to make payments to the school online. To this end, we are asking parents to log on with their email address to the portal we are using (Databiz Solutions) by following the directions here.

The school has a phone number registered with each family but will require an email also. Please use a current and up to date email. If you have changed your phone number please email the school with your new number and we will update our system before you can complete the registering process.

If you have any queries, please email runaigspb@gmail.com.

8 May 2020

Art Prize Winner

Posted by Daithí de Paor.

Bhuaigh duine de dhaltaí Rang 6, Amelia Nic Aodhbhuí, duais ealaíne amach i gcomórtas eagraithe ag an gcomhlucht Edco lena saothair, de chuid Banksy, le feiscint anseo. Tá ealaíontóir sa bhaile den chéad scoth againn i Rang 6.

A pupil from 6th class, Amelia McEvoy, has won a prize for her artwork in a Banksy-inspired competition sponsored by Edco. 6th class have been displaying great art work completed at home while school has been closed, and posted on their Padlet page. Well done, Amelia.

29 Apr 2020

New Admission Policy being drafted

Posted by Daithí de Paor.

Following the enacting of new legislation all schools are required to amend their admission policies. Gaelscoil Philib Barún has drafted a new policy to be in effect for 2021 which complies with new guidelines outlined by the legislation and will submit its policy for approval to its patron. The draft can be found here for parents who want to view it.

24 Apr 2020

Welcome Back to Virtual School

Posted by Daithí de Paor.

A personal welcome message from Daithí de Paor.

Congratulations again on your home schooling work posted on the Padlet pages with your teachers. Please check in daily rather like coming to school. If for any reason you can’t do the work, message your teacher on Padlet or through the email address on the page. Using the email is a more private way to communicate.

2 Apr 2020

Lighting up for our Medical Workers

Posted by Daithí de Paor.

6th class have been working at home on their art project making lamps. They were it on the night of Tuesday, 1 April 2020, in support of all the medical staff working selflessly caring for those affected by the Covid-19 virus. Thinking of them.

18 Mar 2020

Our Virtual Classrooms

Posted by Daithí de Paor.

Teachers are putting up lessons and recommended activities for pupils each day using the Padlet software on our new Collaboration page. We hope to update these daily. There have been difficulties with the amount of traffic on this service. We are aware that some pupils were not able to bring home their textbooks and we will arrange to have the relevant textbook pages up on the each class’s site.

Pupils should work through the work as best they can. On some of the class pages the teachers will be able, in a limited fashion, to interact with pupils and answer questions. This may not always be possible but if someone is in difficulty we recommend they move on to the next task. If for any reason a pupil is not able to work any day please be aware that all work is undertaken at the discretion of the parent or guardian.

As this is online work we ask that pupils are supervised while online and that their engagement with sites recommended and videos suggested by the teachers is monitored. There are plenty of tips on online safety on webwise.ie. This is a new experience for us all and we hope to learn from it and get better at doing it. Thank you for you patience. Stay safe and self isolated!

12 Mar 2020

Homework Collaboration

Posted by James Mernin.

As part of the school’s efforts to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, which led to the school being closed from Friday, 13 March 2020 to Monday, 30 March 2020, the teachers have collaborated to provide some virtual learning aids.

These will be used in the coming weeks to provide some limited work for students during the school days that the school is closed. The work has been deemed reasonable, while limited in nature and scope, and we hope it will serve as a helpful and reassuring resource for pupils and parents alike.

Find out more here.

12 Mar 2020

School closed due to Coronavirus

Posted by Daithí de Paor.

Mar aon le scoileanna ar fud na tíre beidh Gaelscoil Philib Barún dúnta go dtí an 29ú lá Márta. Faoi láthair beidh an scoil oscailte arís ar an 30ú lá. Tá súil againn obair bhaile a chur ar fail go leanúnach tíd an suíomh seo.

Due to the recent announcement from the Department of Education & Skills, Gaelscoil Philib Barún will close until Monday, 30 March 2020, due to the ongoing Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation.

Tá leabhair na bpáistí tógtha abhaile acu inniu. Bí ag faire ar an suíomh seo le haghaidh uasdátú agus treoracha ó na múinteoirí.

We are working on a way for teachers to upload work for some classes to a suitable website.