St. Brigid’s Killarney News – November 2018

Second Year Art Students visit Siamsa Tire

On Wednesday 7th of November 2nd year Art students visited Siamsa Tire, Tralee. There they viewed the work of and met with artist Niall Naessens. During the visit Niall spoke to the girls about his inspiration, influences and printmaking techniques. As a practising artist is was great to hear and see the processes which he uses in order to  create work from idea to realisation and the importance of looking at the work of artists who have explored the same subject matter, media or style- both past and present. Using this in help inform and influence your work and practise in order to continue the evolution of the art cycle. They realised  the amount of time and labour of love that is invested in creating the work , the risk taking  involved and becoming comfortable in the uncertainty of it all until the finish. They learnt the value of  mistakes and stepping stones for improvements and finally knowing when to stop, step back and appreciate the work for what it is.

It was a wet morning but a fantastic time to get out of the art room and engage with artwork in a gallery setting. Students enjoyed the opportunity to meet, chat and ask questions to an Irish artist living and practising in Kerry.

Art History Trip to Dublin

On Tuesday 13th  of November 5th and 6th year Art students travelled to Dublin to visit the National Museum of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland (NGI) and Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). This is part of their Art History and appreciation studies. Jack B. Yeats and Mary Swanzy were the two major exhibitions seen along with other works such as Maine Jellet, Louis Le Brocquy and Lucian Freud. It was a  brilliant day and a wonderful opportunity to see orginal masterpieces by both Irish and international artists.

St. Brigid’s, Killarney- School Tour to Paris

On the 20th of October we gathered at the gate of the school to be taken to Cork airport by bus and began our journey to Paris. The first stop on our list of places to visit was Montmartre, a historic district home to the Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur. We wandered the streets of the area known for its artists. In the evening time we took a boat trip along the River Seine. Seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night really was a spectacle.

On day two, we had the pleasure of visiting the Louvre Museum and its amazing assemblage of artwork, including of course, the world famous ‘Mona Lisa’. Next, we walked along the Seine to the Notre Dame Cathedral and looked in awe at the landmark’s magnificent architecture.

A trip to Disneyland Paris was due on the third day of our visit and our group delighted in experiencing the park’s attractions before watching the unforgettable lighting and firework display at the closing time of the theme park.

We were sad to leave the beautiful city on our last day and finished the trip with some shopping before returning home from a trip to Paris we will never forget. Many thanks to Ms Carmody, Ms Bartlett, Ms Gilligan, Ms Cahill and Trish who organised and accompanied the girls on the trip.

By Jennifer Cronin 5th year


Author and Journalist Breda Joy gives talk on Creative Writing

Recently the  author and journalist, Breda Joy from Killarney kindly visited all our Third Year students and spoke to them about the process of creating writing. Pictures below were taken on day.



CSPE 2018- Simon Community

CSPE 2nd and 3rd year students were delighted to welcome guest speaker, Niamh Quain from the Cork Simon Community who came to speak to them on the homelessness crisis in Ireland. Students learnt about the services Cork Simon provide and the work they do to help the homeless to overcome the challenges they face. Homelessness is a topic students study as part of the Rights and Responsibilities section in CSPE.


Listowel Food Fair

Recently the Transition Years attended the food academy at the Listowel Food Fair. The day was jam packed with talks on healthy eating from nutritionists Sid Sheehan and Sarah Nealon, cookery demonstrations, food tastings and Zumba. Minister Brendan Griffin spoke about the importance of nutrition and shared his personal weight loss journey. The girls also met former Minister Jimmy Deenihan. A very enjoyable day was had by all.