Football County Champions 2022


Science Week!



Food Dudes Programme, 2022


Halloween Pumpkins!


Student Council Elections, 2022


Congratulations to the Kilkenny Camogie Team!


World Homeless Day Collection


Creative Schools initiative to include four Kilkenny schools including Bunscoil McAuley Rice in Callan!


Students interviewed on KCLR local radio!


Europe Day,9th May 2022

Bunscoil McAuley Rice and Coláiste Éamann Rís, Callan, enjoyed a visit by a representative from the Austrian Embassy,Dr. Josef Treml  and Minister of State Malcolm Noonan as part of Europe Day celebrations on Monday.Mr. Moloney welcomed them to Bunscoil McAuley Rice.

Europe Day is held on 9th May every year to celebrate peace and unity in Europe. As we welcome families from the Ukraine into our community, it is more important now than ever before to highlight the importance of living and working together in peace.

3rd Class are enjoying reading in our new School Library on World Book Day!


4th class are carrying out AR while standing up on this wet Wednesday to take a break from sitting!


Mr Butler’s 2nd class were busy celebrating Pancake Tuesday today!


It was a pleasure to welcome Homayoon from the Schools of Sanctuary organisation to our school. During his presentation, Homayoon talked about what it means to be a refugee, shared his story and offered helpful ways that we can make all students feel welcome.


4th Class have been learning about what it means to be a good neighbour as part of Catholic Schools' Week. They created acrostic poems to show how they can be a good neighbour to others.


Aisling Bonner from 2FM visited Ms. Murphy’s 3rd Class to speak to the students on behalf of The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show.


New Junior Infant 2021 Information Video 

School of Sanctuary


Red Hat and Lego WeDo 2.0

Bunscoil McAuley Rice have been the recipients of a very generous donation of multiple Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics kits from Red Hat as part of their Community Outreach Programme.
See if you can spot our students! 


BMR Fittest Family


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Incredible Edibles!

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Ms. Murphy's 3rd Class participated in two webinars this week as part of the Incredible Edibles "Keep Well and Eat Well" campaign. We participated in virtual gardening activities and also got to tour a farm in Co. Cork!!


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We are delighted to have finally received our Discover Primary Science and Maths Badge of Excellence from The Science Foundation of Ireland recently.

The Badge of Excellence for STEM Awareness is a newly introduced pilot programme which acknowledges schools that have already achieved a Plaque of STEM and have also demonstrated excellence in their efforts to raise awareness of and excitement about STEM in their school communities.

Bunscoil McAuley Rice has achieved all the criteria for the Badge of Excellence through engagement with STEM in:

  1. Science
  2. Technology
  3. Engineering
  4. Maths
  5. STEM Showcase

Congratulations to all of our teachers, pupils and parents who worked so hard to promote this initiative over the course of the previous school year and well done to Mr. O'Dwyer for coordinating the project.

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Pictured are 6th class and Senior Infant pupils displaying their rockets and bridges alongside Mr. O'Dwyer




We have recently received a boost  towards our plans for increasing STEM awareness, with help from Red Hat, a global software company with an office based in Waterford.

Ciaran Byrne, a Red Hat employee whose children attend Bunscoil McAuley Rice, made a request in March to the Red Hat Cares committee, with the support of the Red Hat Women in Ireland group, who are actively involved in community outreach and engagement on behalf of Bunscoil McAuley Rice. TWe were in pursuit of a new full-year initiative — the Discover Primary Science and Maths Award, known as the Badge of Excellence in STEM, involving every class in the school.The result was that Red Hat made the very generous donation of €6,000 which was supplemented by local fundraising which added an additional €2,000 to the fund.

“This has come as fantastic news for our school and will enable our teachers to provide our pupils with real-life learning experiences in STEM subjects through the use of LEGO, robotics and coding in the classroom. WeDo 2.0 and Spike Prime are outstanding resources for fostering a sense of creativity and self-confidence in our children while also promoting problem-solving and experimentation across a wide range of subjects,” says teacher Damien Fogarty, who is responsible for the schools STEM programme.

“We are very much looking forward to seeing what our pupils can create in the year ahead! I want to extend a special word of thanks to both Ciarán Byrne and Judy Kelly of the Red Hat Women in Ireland group without whom this project would not have been possible.”


Click to view our Discover Primary Science and Maths Blog


We are delighted to announce that we have recently benefitted from a number of very generous charitable donations to support and boost the implementation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects in our school.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Red Hat and “Red Hat Women In Ireland Give Back”. A special mention goes to local parent Ciarán Byrne for all of his work in organising and facilitating this.

Read all about the Red Hat Social Responsibility program, Red Hat Cares.

Donations from the aforementioned have totalled an amazing €8000 which is going to be used to purchase a number of hi-tech Lego Robotics kits to cater for up to 60 pupils, or two classrooms, at a time. These sets will be used in conjunction with our new iPads in our classrooms to deliver computer coding, technology and engineering lessons in a fun, engaging and highly interactive way. Visit our Discover Primary Science and Maths Blog for more information and updates.


Congratulations to Mr. Walsh and his family on their club All-Ireland victory with Tullaroan!


Bunscoil McAuley Rice will host the Eason County Spelling Bee on 25th February 2020!


The male staff of Bunscoil McAuley Rice grew beards or moustaches for the month of November to promote awareness of men’s mental and physical health.By doing this,we remembered all those who have passed away as a result of cancer related illness, especially our dear friend Br. Damien Brennan.


Our Peace & Justice Group have begun the fight against single use plastics in our school by introducing a new reusable personalised water bottle!



On KCLRLive  in Callan today ,Ms Murphy & 6 inspirational students from Bunscoil McAuley Rice!


Our Peace and Justice group gave a fantastic presentation at assembly today about the damage single-use plastics cause to our environment.


Our two 4th class teams had a great day at the FAI Futsal Competition in The Watershed today!


Congratulations to our Roinn A Ladies Football champions!! Image

Many thanks to all who supported our Christmas Shoebox Appeal!


Mr. Walsh’s class were delighted to see his All Star Award today!


It was a scary day today at Bunscoil McAuley Rice! Happy Halloween!


Many thanks to all who donated for World Homeless Day at Bunscoil McAuley Rice today!



Christmas Show Dates 2019:


Tuesday, December 3rd:  5th/6th Class Show

Tuesday, December 10th: 3rd/4th Class Show

Thursday, December 12th: 1st/2nd Class Show


Planning sought for major development at Bunscoil McAuley Rice!


Kilkenny schools planning development

We are planning a two storey extension to the west end of the existing school. The ground floor will consist of three SET rooms, one classroom with toilets, and an entrance hall.

The first floor will have one classroom with toilets, a library and storage. The stairs will also be reconfigured.

Externally, three disabled car parking spaces will be realigned.


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Click to view GAA 5 Star Centre Of Excellence activities


International Day at Bunscoil McAuley Rice!

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The Oscars at Bunscoil McAuley Rice!!

Our two 6th classes have been busy for the last number of weeks writing and shooting their very own films! Today they attended the Oscars where they got a chance to dress up, watch all of the films and win awards for their work!


Congratulations to the Bunscoil McAuley Rice Camogie team and all of their coaches -
Roinn A County Camogie Champions 2019!


Bunscoil McAuley Rice received the Green Flag Award for Global Citizenship today!

Many thanks to our Green Flag co-ordinator, Mr. Ryan and the Green Flag committee for their great work in our school.



Members of our Student Council had a great day today with Ms. Murphy and Mr. Walsh in The Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Carlow!


Congratulations to our girls’ relay teams who won the freestyle and medley relays at the Leinster Swimming Gala. 


95 boys and girls from Bunscoil McAuley Rice had a fantastic day at the Coláiste Éamann Rís Soccer Blitz!! 


Congratulations to Ms. O’Sullivan and our Credit Union Quiz team who competed in the All-Ireland Final in the RDS!