A national school opened in the village of Bruree on Monday, January 12th 1863. It was a one room structure with accommodation for 100 people. Subsequently it was extended to its present size and is now the DeValera Museum and Heritage Centre dedicated to Bruree’s most famous scholar, Eamon DeValera, the third President of Ireland. There were two other national schools in the parish around this time, Killacolla N.S. and Rockhill N.S.
Before these national schools were built the children of Bruree went to hedge schools. In the 1830’s the parish had seven hedge schools as well as a centre of instruction described as a ‘free school’, at Glebe House.
St. Patrick’s N.S. opened its doors for the first time in 1967, as an amalgamation of the three national schools in the parish. Since then our school has grown from strength to strength. In 1986 the school was extended, with the addition of an extra classroom, a general purpose room and staff room.
In 2016, the school was further extended to include two new classrooms, an office and staffroom. At present we have a teaching staff of nine (See staff list). We have eight mainstream class teachers, one full time learning support teacher and two part-time learning support/resource teachers. We also have two special needs assistants, one classroom assistant and a cleaner/caretaker. Our facilities consist of seven mainstream classrooms, two resource rooms, an office and a staffroom. Our general purpose room/hall provides a venue for school celebrations, assembly and also games and P.E. lessons. We have three playground areas designated to different class groupings.
Postal Address: Kilmallock Road, Bruree, Co. Limerick, V35 EK64.
Telephone: 063 - 90896
Fax: 063 - 90896
School Roll No. 08572P
Infant Classes: 9.20am – 2.00pm
1st to 6th Class: 9.20am – 3.00pm
Morning Break 11.00am – 11.10am
Lunch Break: 12.30pm – 1.00pm
We have a very effective healthy eating policy in our school. We have a mid-morning ‘fruit-break’ to promote further the importance of healthy eating.
Girls: navy blue pinafore skirt/pants, blue blouse, navy blue jumper/cardigan with school crest, school tie.
Boys: navy blue pants, blue shirt, navy blue jumper with school crest, school tie.
Names should be clearly marked on clothing.