Gaelscoil Philib Barún

School Community

Retirement of Caitlín and Mary Dunphy

The school gathered on Friday, 30 September 2022, to mark the retirement of Múinteoir Caitlín and to pay tribute to Múinteoir Máire Uí Dhonncha. Both teachers have given long and loyal service, over many decades, to the school and its pupils. All of the children held both teachers in the highest esteem and this was reflected in the song that Dara, our fifth-class teacher, composed for the occasion. The song was sung with great enthusiasm by all in the hall.

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Gaelscoil welcomes our Ukrainian friends

Gaelscoil Philib Barún is an immersion education primary school where all subjects are taught through the Irish language. English is also taught in full and pupils follow exactly the same English language curriculum as all other primary schools in Ireland. The staff and pupils of Gaelscoil Philib Barún school are very happy and humbled to welcome and accommodate new pupils from Ukraine and, as a gesture of solidarity and inclusion, we have updated our school website so that it is

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Red Hat sponsors school STEAM projects

The Board of Management for Gaelscoil Philib Barún wishes to acknowledge the extremely generous sponsorship recently received from Red Hat in Waterford for our STEAM projects at the school. This funding, which was provided by the Red Hat Cares team (a part of Red Hat’s Community & Social Responsibility programme), will help us to continue with initiatives which combine technology and the arts in our curriculum. The recent sponsorship will be invested in LEGO Education robotic kits for the junior

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Storm Barra Updates

UPDATE: Tuesday, 7 December at 18:00pm In line with regional and national weather advice, the school will remain closed again tomorrow, Wednesday, 8 December 2021. UPDATE: Monday, 6 December at 18:30pm Due to the anticipated impact of Storm Barra, which has placed Co. Waterford in a Status Orange weather warning, and with the health and safety of pupils and staff foremost in our minds, Gaelscoil Philib Barún will remained closed tomorrow, Tuesday, 7 December 2021.

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Movie Awards Featured on Local Radio

The school’s recent successes in the National Schools Drama Competition (where their short film, Saoirse, won 3 awards) were featured on local radio recently, where Muinteoir Ben and the lead actress from the movie (Issie O’Sullivan) were interviewed about the Saoirse movie on WLRfm‘s “Mar Dhea” Irish language show. Their interview aired at 8:30pm on Sunday, 4 July 2021 and you can listen to it below (or by clicking here). Gaelscoil Philip Barún is very grateful to WLRfm and radio presenter,

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David Kirby Prize (Duais Daithí K)

Congratulations to Robert Downey who won the Daithí K prize this year. Robert, who is in 2nd class, received his prize from members of the pupils’ council, in the presence of his parents and Múinteoir Daithí on the Monday, 21 June 2021. The prize is presented annually to the pupil of the year as chosen by the all the boys and girls from 1st to 6th class.

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Saoirse Movie Wins 3 National Drama Awards

On behalf of the entire school community, we want to congratulate the pupils of 6th class and their teacher, Ben, on their triumph at the National School Drama Competition earlier this week. Their short film, Saoirse, which was submitted for consideration to the annual competition and which was formally launched at the school last week, won a total of 3 awards, including: Best Actor, for Issie O’Sullivan’s portrayal of Saoirse in the movie. Best New Production. Best Film of the

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Thank You, Muinteoir Ben

Muinteori Ben received a surprise gift earlier today, to thank him for all of the effort he has invested in producing the “Saoirse” film, which was formally launched earlier today. The gift, which took the form of a Vinyl EP of the movie soundtrack, was presented by former pupil Kelly Ní Mheirnín who composed, recorded and produced the music in the film. The EP was created by CopySmith, an Irish-based media production company. Ben’s suggestion that Kelly produce the movie

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Saoirse Movie Launch

Introduction The school is delighted and proud to launch “Saoirse”, an Irish language short film produced by the students of 6th class in Gaelscoil Philib Barún in Tramore, Co. Waterford in Ireland. The film was shot at various locations around Tramore from March-May 2021 and the movie’s name, which is pronounced “Seer-sha”, is the Irish word for Freedom. Saoirse The concept for the film is rooted in Irish folklore and the stories of the fairies in Ireland’s heritage. It explores

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