St. Gabriel’s is a Dept of Education & Skills Special School in Bishopstown, under the Patronage of the Brothers of Charity. The School caters for 43 pupils aged 4-18 years, with severe to profound intellectual disability.
Effectively the pupils here function at a mental age of 18 months – 2 years approx. Many pupils also have a diagnosis of autism and some have physical conditions such as epilepsy. Most of our pupils do not use speech to communicate, many have not mastered independent self-care skills and they have no sense of their own safety and thus require very careful fulltime supervision.
St. Gabriels’ has a fulltime nurse employed here, such is the level of medical and behavioural support needs. We are staffed by 8 teachers and 28 SNAs who are all very committed and enthusiastic and work hard here every day. We cater for very needy, vulnerable pupils who require 100% supervision, 100% of the time.
Most of their parents cannot possibly support fundraising initiatives for their school as their lives with their children is intense and exhausting. Every year we have difficulty stretching our grant to meet our basic needs. We urgently need to upgrade our playground and equipment especially to include items from which our senior pupils (13-18yrs) would greatly benefit.
Families associated with Kinsale Rugby Club have children who attend St. Gabriel’s and this is why it has been nominated as the Kinsale 7s designated charity for 2018. We thank you for your support and look forward to meeting you at this year’s 30th Anniversary Kinsale 7s on 5th & 6th May.
If you wish to donate now, please follow this Go Fund Me link : https://www.gofundme.com/st-gabriel039s-special-school-cork
Many thanks for your support of St. Gabriel’s Special School. It is greatly appreciated.
The Corona Virus Pandemic has resulted in the mass cancellation of many events worldwide. We had hoped to host the Heineken Kinsale 7s as scheduled on the May Bank holiday weekend this year. However, after careful consideration, consulting with stakeholders and speaking to medical professionals. We are unfortunately announcing the cancellation of the Heineken Kinsale 7s for 2020.