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St Brigid's Killarney | Activities > Competitions


St. Brigid’s students have had many successes in various competitions.


A number of competitions are open to all students in the area of mathematics. 

The Irish Mathematical Olympiad is open to Junior and Senior Cycle students, who are invited to take part in a mathematical enrichment programme in UCC or UL. This programme selects and prepares students for the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Pangea Maths Competition (TY and Fifth Year Students): the first round of this competition is held here in the school. From this, a number of students are chosen nationally to participate in the finals which take place in Trinity College, Dublin.

Prism Competition (TY and Fifth Year Students): This is a problem solving competition for all TY and Fifth Year students. The competition is held during Maths Week and all participants receive a certificate. 

In addition, a team of 3rd and 6th year students represent the school in the annual Maths Quiz in Tralee. 


Poetry Aloud
“Poetry Aloud” is a poetry speaking competition organised by the National Library of Ireland. The competition has two stages: regional heats which are held during October here in St. Brigid’s; and the semi-final and final which are held in the National Library of Ireland, in Dublin.
The regional heats of the competition are always a great success, with students from all over the Kerry region taking part.
There are three categories: Junior (1st and 2nd years); Intermediate (3rd and 4th years); Senior (5th and 6th years).
Entrants are assessed by a panel of judges on their performance of both poems, and are rewarded for good physical presence, clear tone of voice and appropriate dramatisation.
St. Brigid’s students who have participated in the competition have found the experience to be a most enjoyable one, and all students who take part in the semi-finals are awarded a certificate at the annual awards ceremony at the end of the year. This year, five second years became involved; Michaela Bruton, Katie O Sullivan, Katelyn Moynihan, Emily Treacy and Lucy Cronin. All five girls performed excellently on the day, and Lucy has progressed to the semi finals of the competition. Best of luck Lucy!
Students interested in taking part in the competition should contact Mr. Lyons or any other member of the English department.

Debating and Public Speaking

Debating and public speaking are invaluable skills for the future life of our students. As part of the Transition Year module in particular, students are encouraged to take part in such competitions as the Soroptimists and the Kerry Mental Health debates.
Senior students are offered the opportunity to participate in the U.C.C. Philosophical Society’s school debating programme in September of each year, while debating skills also play an important part in the syllabus content of both the Junior and Senior Cycle English programmes.
This year, T.Y. students are taking part in the Soroptimist International Girls’ Public Speaking Competition, under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs. Houlihan. Students will participate in local heats and will deliver a short speech (4-6 minutes long) on a given topic.
Any students interested in taking part in competitive debating should approach Ms. Hennigan, Mrs. Houlihan or Mr. Lyons for further information.

Essay Writing Competitions
A number of in-house essay writing competitions are organised each year to allow students a fun way of exploring their more creative sides. In addition, students are encouraged to enter a number of national writing competitions in the course of the year in a wide variety of genres ranging from poetry writing to short story compositions.
This year, second years were involved in the Writer in Residence programme. We were joined by local poet John W Sexton, who encouraged the girls to use their creative skills to engage with sensitive issues


Science students at St. Brigid’s participate in a number of competitions both internally and externally each year.
The Senior Science ISTA Quiz is held in November. 

Many senior science students enter the Annual Sci-Fest crossword competition.
Within the school during Science Week, a number of competitions were held:

  • A giant science Table Quiz for 3rd years.  

St. Brigid’s have also had representations at the Irish Science Olympiad held in DCU.  


Art Students enter various competitions. They include:
Texaco Art Competition and the Doodle 4 Google competition (watch this space for winners in March 2011!!!!)
Students are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Competition
Each year Killarney Rotary Club holds interviews for the Youth Leadership awards. RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth
  • provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.

St. Brigid’s students are encouraged to apply each year for this competition. Individual interviews are held in Killarney during the month of November and the winner goes forward to a regional final in Cork. Three students are chosen at this regional stage to represent their country in a week long trip to England and France. A highlight of the trip is participating in the Euroscola European Parliament day in Strasbourg. St. Brigid’s students have enjoyed considerable success in this competition for the past number of years as they have qualified for the regional finals in Cork. Two past pupils – Marion O’Donnell and Shona O’Rourke went on to win the Regional finals and were part of the Rotary Delegations who went to England and France.