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Limerick Bar Association Visit

St. Gabriel's was delighted to welcome representatives from the Limerick Bar Association to the centre for a recent visit. We are very grateful for their donation which will be put towards the fit out of a new sensory room in St. Gabriel's School.

Respite House

St. Gabriel’s Midwest Children’s Respite House Development

The Board of St. Gabriel’s has undertaken to build a purpose built six bedded children’s respite house in Mungret to cater specifically for children with disabilities who have complex medical needs and/or life limiting conditions.

St. Gabriel’s aim in developing the respite house is to ultimately support families in caring for their child at home by providing regular planned respite breaks.

There is a huge shortage of centre based overnight respite in the Mid-West area for all children with disabilities. However this is particularly noticeable for children with complex medical needs and/ or life limiting conditions who can avail of little or no respite outside their home due to their complex needs.

The respite house is situated on an attractive parkland site near Mungret with direct access by way of a rear gate to Mungret Park and the adjoining children’s playground which has adaptations made for children with disabilities.

Timeline and Facilities

The site was purchased by St. Gabriel’s Board in 2015. The building work commenced in 2017 and the building is due to be completed in August 2018

  • The respite house will be completely wheelchair accessible with six bedrooms ensuite
  • A large playroom with hoist and separate bathroom and entrance
  • Piped oxygen and suction to the living and sleeping areas
  • All rooms fitted with overhead host systems
  • A clinical room and nursing area
  • The building is being funded through funds from the JP McManus Golf Pro, grants, donations, local and community fundraising activities. It is hoped the HSE will come on board with funding to staff the house.

For further information please contact:
Máire O’ Leary,
Kate Sheahan,
T: 061 302733



Limerick Thomond Rotary Club Visit

St. Gabriel's were delighted to welcome Limerick Thomond Rotary Club to the centre for a visit.

UL President Visit

St. Gabriel’s was delighted to welcome UL president Dr Des Fitzgerald to the centre yesterday for a visit. We look forward to further developing the relationship between UL and St. Gabriel’s in the future.

Analog Devices

A big thank you to Analog Devices who presented St. Gabriel's with a donation at their recent charity awards ceremony.


John Sisk & Son Builders

Thanks to the Directors and staff of John Sisk & Son Builders 


UL Christmas Community Celebration

A big thanks to the President of UL and staff for the generous donation at the UL Christmas Community Celebration



Michael Noonan TD turning the sod on St. Gabriel’s Respite House Development

Michael Noonan TD turning the sod on St. Gabriel's Respite House Development on the grounds of the former Mungret College


boogie4PayBack 12 hour international charity danceanthon day supporting St. Gabriel’s took place yesterday, it was an enjoyable occassion supporting a worthy cause

St. Gabriel’s Early Intervention Team Children’s Christmas Party 2017

St. Gabriel’s Early Intervention Team children’s Christmas Party will take place this year on Tuesday 12 December. Our thanks to Dell, Music Generation and Limetick Prison Services for their sponsorship.

2016 Annual Report

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Ladies’ Lunch 2017

A great thanks to all those who attended the St. Gabriel's Ladies' Lunch last Friday including the organising committee, our donours, sponsors and prize givers. St Gabriel's is very grateful to you all for your loyal support. We wish you all a very happy Christmas

Brown Thomas Gift Wrapping

A big thank you to Brown Thomas for nominating St. Gabriel's as one of their beneficiaries for this years gift wrapping initiative. Pop along to Brown Thomas for your gift wrapping and make a donation. Thanks to everyone who is supporting this wonderful cause, it's what Christmas is all about

Savoy Hotel Hosts St. Gabriel’s Christmas Fundraising Ladies’ Lunch

Thanks to the Ladies Committee for organising this years St. Gabriel's Christmas fundraising Ladies' Lunch which will take place on November 24. And a thank you to the Savoy Hotel for setting up a magnificent venue

St. Gabriel’s Wedding Favour Cards

If you are planning your wedding and are thinking about choosing a local charity in lieu of wedding favours, please consider St. Gabriel's for your special day. Your donation will go towards the St. Gabriel's children's respite fund 

Happy Halloween

Wishing you all a Happy Halloween from everyone here at St. Gabriels!

Ladies’ Lunch

We are delighted to announce that the St. Gabriel's annual Christmas fundraising lunch on November 24 is completely booked up. We greatly appreciate all of our supporters and friends of St. Gabriel's who support this event which marks the start of the Christmas season. A big thanks to the organising committee for all the work they have done in planning the event!

Glenstal Abbey School Fun Run/Walk

A massive thanks to Glenstal Abbey School for taking part in a 5k Fun Run / Walk in aid of St. Gabriel's earlier this month. We greatly appreciate the effort put in by all those who were involved!

Crescent College Comprehensive TY Girls get ready for Cook Medical Marathon

A big thanks to Crescent College Comprehensive Transition Year girls for coming to visit us last Tuesday. They will take part in Cook Medical womens mini marathon on behalf of St. Gabriel's. The proceeds will go towards the construction of our new Respite Centre. Best of luck with training for it!


St. Gabriel’s Annual Greyhound Benefit Night

A big thanks to the Irish Dancers from Fleming Ball, Scoil Rince Staic and Scoil Rince Uí Ruairc who performed brilliantly at our recent fundraiser. We would also like to thank Tom Morrissey, Captain of the All-Ireland winning Limerick u21 team for coming along with the winning trophy.

Annual Greyhound Benefit Night

Book your Places at the Races.
St. Gabriel’s 8th Greyhound Benefit Night on Saturday 16 September @7.30pm at Limerick Greyhound Track.
Purchase your ticket now directly from St. Gabriel’s!
Proceeds from the event will go towards the building of our new Children’s Respite Centre, which is our main fundraising project at the moment.
Overall it will be a fantastic night, bring your family and friends to the greyhound track, whilst supporting a worthwhile cause. Your generous support will be of lasting value to both children and their families.
Bookings: T: 061 302733 but don’t forget to book in advance and mention St. Gabriel’s.
Please note: Only funds generated from pre-sold tickets will go directly to St. Gabriel’s. Tickets bought at the door on the night will not benefit St. Gabriel’s.
Please call (086 3872575) or e-mail Kate Sheahan @


Greyhound Benefit Night Launch

We were delighted Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD launched the St. Gabriel’s Benefit night. He acknowledged the great work that is done in St. Gabriel’s for children with disabilities in the region. On the night the Minister was joined by Senator Maria Byrne, members of our voluntary fundraising committee and some children and families who attend St. Gabriel’s services. 


Adare en plain air art competition

St Gabriel's was delighted to be associated with Adare en plain air, art competition. A big thank you to Andrew Timoney, Draiocht Art and Craft gallery, Adare for nominating St Gabriel's and well done to all the winners.


Roy Keane Visit

It was a great day here at St. Gabriel's last week when we were lucky enough to get a visit from Roy Keane. It was a fantastic experience for us and very enjoyable for all those who attended!


Dolores’s Coffee and Garden Day

A special mention of thanks to Dolores for hosting the wonderful fundraising coffee day in her beautiful garden where a little over £2000 was raised. We would like to convey our sincere thanks to everyone who came along to show their support and raise money towards  the purchase of a Motomed. This is a specialised therapy device designed to enable regular movement training for children with physical limitations.  It was a lovely occasion made even more special because of this beautiful garden.


Sellors Solicitors come to St. Gabriel’s

Thank you to Derek Walsh and Orla Clancy from Sellors Solicitors who came on a recent visit to St. Gabriel’s.  Also in the picture is Charlie MacDonnell, St. Gabriel’s Board member

2016 Financial Report

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Brown Thomas clean up

We would like to give the staff at Brown Thomas a massive thank you for all their help in getting the hydrotherapy pool ready for the re-opening!


Hydrotherapy Pool

We are delighted to let you know the St. Gabriel's hydrotherapy pool has re-opened and we are delighted to welcome everybody back. For any enquiries please contact the pool manager. Email:



The Ukeladies

We were recently treated to a lovely occasion by the Ukeladies in Primrose class!

Green School

It was a great achievement to receive our Green-School certificate from An Taisce

2015 Annual Report

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St. Paul’s Colours Day

A big thanks to St.Pauls National School as they raised money for the development of the hydrotherapy pool by doing a schools colours day!

UL Student Union Donation

We would like to place on record our many thanks and sincerest gratitude to the UL Student Union for their recent very generous donation. The money raised will help towards the building of our respite centre and other projects in the coming months.

Visit by UL Hospital Management

It was great to welcome Collette Cowen, CEO  of the UL Hospitals Group and her management team to St. Gabriel's. It was excellent to communicate with such a well established and informed group and we look forward to developing this relationship in the future.

Hydrotherapy Pool

We are delighted to announce that the pool will be opening in July and some of the new features have really brightened the place up.

Download Summer camp poster 2017

Knocklong/Glenbrohane Charity Cycle

A great big thanks to our friends in Knocklong/Glenbrohane who completed a charity cycle on the 6th of May. They made a very generous donation to the St. Gabriel's hydrotherapy renovation fund. St. Gabriel's is very grateful to Helen Harty, Tom Aherne and the parish committee for their support.



Ladies Lunch 2017

The Dunraven Arms Hotel recently hosted the St. Gabriel's annual Ladies' Lunch on Thursday the 11th of May, with the event once again providing those who attended with a great day out on a sunny day! We would like to thank those in attendance for your continued support and also to the Dunraven Arms Hotel for their magnificent standard of hospitality and quality. We hope to see you all again next year!

Golf Classic 2017

We had a wonderful turn out at this year's annual St. Gabriel's golf classic which was our most successful to date. The weather was fantastic and helped make the occasion even more enjoyable. We would like to sincerely thank all of the teams and sponsors who played and/ or supported this years fundraiser.

We are pleased to let you know that in excess of £20,000 was raised. The proceeds will help to fund the building of a new five bedroom children's respite centre on the grounds of Mungret College and construction is expected to begin in August of this year.

We were delighted to welcome a number of new teams this year as well as welcoming back many of our very loyal supporters.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners, Laurel Hill Secondary School. Well done to them!!

Thanks to Punch Consulting, sponsors of the magnificent Punch Bowl Trophy. Our next golf classic will take place next year, on the 10th and 11th of May 2018.

Hydrotherapy Pool Refurbishment

Reconstruction work  of the Hydrotherpay Pool here at St. Gabriel's Centre began yestersday the 18th of April. It is estimated that the reconstuction of the Hydrotherapy Pool will last six weeks. We will keep you posted on any other further updates in the coming weeks.

TLC clean-up

We were Delighted to be Joined by a group of Dell volunteers on the 11th of April to assist us in cleaning up around the grounds. Tremendous work and painting was done by all who attended. We are very thankful and grateful for this effort.

Ladies Lunch 2017

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Ladies Lunch will take place on Thursday, the 11th of May in the Dunraven Arms Hotel. The event has proven very popular in the past and great excitement as already begun here! The launch took place on Thursday the 23rd of March in the Dunraven Arms, a beautiful hotel located in the picturesque Adare in County Limerick.

This years lunch is particularly special, as we are welcoming the following new committee members to our team: Thecla Roche, Mary Fehily, Dawn Quinn, Irene O'Mahony.

For much more information on this exciting event including ticket sales, please feel free to contact Thecla Roche at 086 4180140.



It is with regret that due to health and safety concerns we have had to make the decision to close the hydrotherpay pool. Unfortunately, large sections of the pool have come loose and have fallen into the pool, and because of this the entire pool is having to be reconstructed. We are estimating these works could take up to 10 weeks to complete and so we will potentially be looking at a date in May for reopening.

We sincerley apologise to all our pool users for this disruption and will keep people updated via our website and our Facebook page. Please also see the link to our events menu where there is a full statement on this matter.

Thank you.

Rotary Club of Limerick Thomond

Kate Sheahan, head of the Fundraising and Development department here at St. Gabriel's was in attendance at an event held by Limerick Thomond Rotary Club to collect a very generous donation based on our efforts towards The Christmas Rememberance Tree in December.

Pictured with Kate and other attendees is Mr. James Shivnan, the president of the Limerick Thomond Rotary Club. We are very grateful for this generous gesture.

Urgent Notice-Hydropool Re-Open

St. Gabriel's Hydrotherapy Pool 

We are delighted to let you know the St. Gabriel's hydrotherapy pool will re-open Wednesday, July 5th. The final bits of cleaning are now being completed for the big day! We are very excited here at St. Gabriel's for the beginning of a new chapter and look forward to seeing everyone again


Great Limerick Run Launch 2017

Our two Co-Op students, Brian Slattery & Leah Downey, as well as head of Fundraising and Development Kate Sheahan, were in attendance at the official launch of the Great Limerick Run 2017. The event took place at the Strand hotel Limerick on the 30th of January, exactly 90 days before the run itself on the 30th of April.

Also in attendance were a number of esteemed individuals including but not limited to- Mayor of Limerick Kieran O'Hanlon, Event Director John Cleary, Lyric FM's Lorcan Murray, and Senator Jan O'Sullivan. Pictured in gallery are Suzy Kennedy, Administrator for the Barrington's Hospital Great Limerick Run and Caroline McGarry, Marketing & PR for Bin Secours Great Limerick Run.

Planning on running but unsure on who to run for? Well your already in the right place. Browse our website and discover for yourself the magnificent and vital service that so many have supported before you, and if you too wish to generously support us, our contact details can be found here also.


REMINDER: Aqua Aerobic Classes

Aqua Aerobic Classes begin tomorrow the 31st of January 2017 and run for the next six weeks. All classes are now fully booked out.

Classes run:

Every Tuesday @ 11am- 12pm and 12pm- 1pm

Every Wednesday @ 6:30pm- 7:00pm

Due to popular demand we may run another block of classes after Easter. To avoid disappointment make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for any further information.

UL Engage

It was lovely meeting Emma Lambert and Katy Snyder, who visited us here at St.Gabriel's School and Centre Thursday.

Emma and Katy are two University of Limerick International Students taking part in the UL Engage progamme, helping us to advertise various projects, such as the Respite Centre for which we were awarded planning permission last week.

UL Engage serves as the hub for civic engagement activities across campus and works with staff in all faculties to amplity, incubate and co-ordinate the various ways that students, faculty and staff can work together to make a difference.

We look forwards to working with them in the coming months.

UL Engage

It was lovely meeting Emma Lambert and Katy Snyder who visited us here at St. Gabriel's School and Centre Thursday.

Emma and Katy are two University of Limerick International Students taking part in the UL Engage progamme, helping us to advertise various upcoming projects, such as the Respite Centre for which we were awarded planning permission last week.

UL Engage serves as the hub for civic engagement activities across campus and works with staff in all faculties to amplity, incubate and co-ordinate the various ways that students, faculty and staff can work to make a difference.

We look forward to working with them over the coming months.

St.Gabriel’s visit to SD Worx

Senior Speech and Language Therapist Kate Shinkwin recently visited SD Worx, formally known as Ceridien, to see their brand new offices.

SD Worx have created their own new branding and have moved into new and improved offices.

In the pictures below, Kate is welcomed to the new offices by a member of the SD Worx team.

We wish them great success in the future.

Christmas Remembrance Tree

We would like to convey our sincerest thanks to Limerick Thomond Rotary Club and all the volunteers who participated in this year's Christmas Remembrance Tree project.

It was a magnificent campaign with great support from the public. We are very grateful to be associated with it.

The mass for the Remembrance Tree will be held on January 6 at 4pm in the Augustinian Church (Opposite O'Mahoney's Book Shop)

Happy Christmas to all friends of St. Gabriel's!

Christmas Fest in UHL

Thank you very much for these wonderful photos taken by the University Hospital Limerick during their Christmas Fest on December 20 & 21.

We were delighted to be associated with the Christmas Fest and convey our thanks to all staff of the University Hospital Limerick for their efforts.

Santa Claus visits St. Gabriel’s!

There was plenty of excitement as Santa Claus made a very welcomed visit to St. Gabriel's today, Tuesday December 13.

Santa's welcomed many children to his grotto and the kids were lucky enough to meet and greet the iconic figure.

There was an abundance of food, presents and Christmas spirit to be found throughout the centre.

We hope all enjoyed this magnificent display.

Here are some pictures from the fantastic visit!




Thank you to St. Gabriel’s supporters

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to those who supported in St. Gabriel's Christmas Children's Party.

Thank you to Dell for sponsoring the event, Limerick Prison Services for the wonderful food and Music Generation for providing the entertainment.

It was a fantastic party and we appreciate all who were involved and wish everybody a very merry Christmas.

St. Gabriel’s Ladies Christmas Lunch

Hydrotherapy Pool Aqua Aerobics

Our hydrotherapy pool are very happy to announce that aqua-aerobics sessions will commence soon. For more information, or answers to your queries, contact us on 061 302 733.

Thinking about supporting a charity this Christmas?

If you are holding a fundraiser in your company, your office or your business during the month of December and you are looking for a worthy charity, please consider St . Gabriel's. We would love to hear from you! Please contact Kate on 061 302733 or e-mail Nollaig Shona Duit.

Calling on Volunteers for Christmas Remembrance Tree Appeal

St. Gabriel's is delighted to be one of three local charities associated with Limerick Thomond Rotary Club's Annual Christmas Remembrance Tree campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of and contribute funds to some worthy local charities at Christmas.

We are calling on volunteers who would be willing to offer a few hours of their time to help with the collection in support of St. Gabriel's for specific dates and times in December.

Please get in touch with us if you would like more information or think you can help. We would love to hear from you.

St. Gabriel’s Christmas Ladies Fundraising Lunch

This year St. Gabriel's will be holding a Christmas Ladies Fundraising Lunch which will be held this year on Novermber 25th in the Savoy Hotel at 12:30.

All places have been booked as of now so we would like to thank everybody for their wonderful response!

Special thanks the the hard-working committee.

St. Gabriel’s Greyhound Benefit Night

St. Gabriel's Annual Greyhound Benefit Night was held on September 24 and was yet again, a massive success.

The atmosphere at the track was vibrant thanks to the supporters, families and friends of St. Gabriel's.

We would like to thank all those who helped buy/sell tickets, sponsored the event/races, families who have children in the services, those who raised awareness, volunteers and the committee for a wonderful night.

We would also like to give a special thanks to Limerick Greyhound Stadium for hosting the event and warmly welcoming us to their stadium.

All funds raised will go to further improving the lives of children with multiple complex physical disabilities.

We hope everybody had a fantastic time.

Here are some photographs from the event.

Greyhound Benefit Night- 24 September 2016


Come and share in the fun, races and family friendly night at the Limerick Greyhound Stadium! Be sure to invite your family, friends and neighbours to an incredible night in aid of St. Gabriel’s Children’s Respite House! Looking forward to seeing you there!


Date of Event: September 24th 2016 

Deloitte Volunteer at St. Gabriel’s.

We were very happy to welcome Deloitte to St.Gabriel's on Thursday, September 8 to do some volunteer work.

Deloitte provide audit, tax and finance services and are based in Limerick city.

The volunteers did a deep clean of our hydrotherapy pool and areas such as the changing rooms

They also painted the viewing room and hallway, as well as doing a general clean up (and gardening) outside.

We are Deloitted with their valuable efforts and thank them for their great work.

The Tut Tut Charity Cup

Paul Flannery's Bar (on Shannon Street) Golf Society take on Phil Flannery's (Denmark Street) in the Tutt Tutt Charity Cup, at the East Clare Golf Club, Sunday 11 September 2016.

They have kindly chosen to donate the proceeds of the golf event to St. Gabriel's.

We are very grateful to them and wish the best to all participants.

Tutt Tutt Charity Cup Cheque Presentation

Phil Flannery and Paul Flannery competed in the Tutt Tutt Charity Cup Golf contest at East Clare Golf Club on September 11, 2016.

They visited St. Gabriel's for a cheque presentation with St. Gabriel's Board Member, Charlie McDonnell.

We are very appreciative of this fundraising effort/donation.

See picture.

Air Traffic Control Team, Shannon visit St. Gabriel’s

Nicola Ní Riada, Conor O'Cleary and Kate Quinlan from the Air Traffic Control team in Shannon visited St. Gabriel's on Monday 22nd of August.

They have entered the Cully & Sully's competition GivePeasAChance and nominated St. Gabriel's as their chosen charity, should they win.

They were welcomed with a tour and got a feel for what we do here at St. Gabriel's.

The winners receive a garden worth €3000 for their chosen charity.

We took some great photos for the competition. (Photos Below)

We are very pleased to be nominated for this great competition.

Abbeyfeale Charity Cycle

Abbeyfeale cycling club will hold a charity cycle on August 14 in aid of St. Gabriel's School and Centre.

Each cyclist will choose to tackle either a 60k or 100k route on the day.

Registration for the event will take place from 08:00 that morning at Fr. Casey club house in Abbeyfeale.

To take part, the prices are as follows:

  • €25 for Cycling Ireland members.
  • €28 for Non-Cycling Ireland members.

The participants will then leave Abbeyfeale at 10 o'clock sharp, taking the through West Limerick's scenic routes.

We would like to thank them for their generosity and for nominating as the charity associated with the event.

Funds raised will go towards the building of a new Children's Respite House for children with complex medical conditions.

For further information, contact Brendan on 087 6931385, or visit Abbeyfeale cycling club's Facebook page.


Charity Cycle Success

The Abbeyfeale Cycling Club completed their charity cycle on Sunday August 14 in aid of St. Gabriel's.

The turn out was fantastic (see pictures below) and the support was also great.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the building of a new Children's Respite House on the grounds of Mungret College.

Big thanks to everybody involved to those who supported the event.

St. Gabriels visit Sellors Solicitors

We would like to thank the employees at Sellors for their very generous donation for the Great Limerick Run 2016.

Sellors took part in the Run and chose St. Gabriel's as their charity partner.

Stephen Keogh and Derek Walsh, of Sellors Solicitors, made a cheque presentation recently to Helen McInerney, a voluntary member of St. Gabriel's Board.

Here are some pictures from the presentation.


We hope everyone had a fantastic time at this year's Pig'n'Porter.

St. Gabriel's were delighted to be the Charity Partner once again.

Thank you to Pat Rickard and the Old Crescent RFC committee.

GECAS Volunteering at St. Gabriel’s

We would like to give sincere thanks to all the volunteers from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) who did some painting and decorating in our school last Tuesday.

They did an amazing job!

We are very thankful to all who were involved in this very valuable project.

Enchanting Day at Dolores’s

We would like to thank everybody for attending the fantastic coffee day on Saturday 9th July, supporting St. Gabriel's.

We would also like to give a special thanks to Dolores for hosting the fundraiser, showcasing her exceptional garden, and her incredible hospitality throughout the day.

Proceeds gathered from the fundraiser will contribute to the purchase of specialised physiotherapy mats.

Huge thanks to everybody who donated generously.

Here are some photos from the day: 

Green Schools Day of Action

The whole St. Gabriel's School community collaborated on our Green Schools Day of Action in April to create a wonderful panel of recycled art.

It depicts various scenes from "Our Beautiful World" and is adorning a wall in the school

We love it! Congratulations to all involved in this worthwhile project.

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Green Schools Day of Action

The whole St. Gabriel's school community collaborated on our Green Schools Day of Action in April to create a wonderful panel of recycled art. 

It depicts various scenes from "Our Beautiful World" and is adorning a wall in the school.

We love it! Congratulations to all involved in this worthwhile project.

ATC/Wyeth Nutrition Charity Cycle Success

The ATC/Wyeth Nutrition Charity cycle that took place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 of June was a huge success.

We would like to express our thanks to all the cyclists, bucket collectors, volunteers, committee, sponsors and everybody who showed their support throughout the weekend.

All proceeds from the event will be going towards the building of the much needed children's respite house that will be built on the grounds of Mungret College.

2014 Annual Report

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Celebrating the 10th of our Annual Ladies Fundraising Lunch

It’s an exciting year for the annual Ladies Fundraising Lunch organised in aid of St. Gabriel’s as it celebrates its 10th year supporting our charity. The event is organised by an exceptional committee of women who have made it the most popular and well supported charity lunch in the Mid-West. 
On the 13th May 2016, you can come and enjoy a great day out at the Dunraven Arms Hotel, in Adare. Enjoy a pre-lunch reception, served lunch, superb prizes and entertainment while supporting our efforts to improve the quality of life of children with multiple physical disabilities.
We are hoping that this years event will be even more successful than previous years. The funds raised from the event will go towards the building of a new Children’s Respite House to be located in Mungret.
St. Gabriel’s is extremely grateful to all those who have supported the event in previous years and we would be delighted to have your support again. We would also welcome new friends and guests to come and join us this year for the event.
If you would like tickets to this event please contact members of the committee Suzanne Leonard on 086/8235431 or Breda Hayes on 086/6088159.

Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run

Contact us

If you have any questions about the work carried out by St. Gabriel's or how you can get involved in our fundraising efforts please feel free to contact us. We would be more than happy to answer any of your questions and listen to any ideas you may have on how to fundraise on our behalf.

Simply get in touch with Kate by:

Phone            +353 61 302733   (Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 5.00pm)


Post       Fundraising Department,

         St.Gabriel’s Centre,

         Springfield Drive,





Donate to St. Gabriel's

Regular giving allows us to plan into the future to ensure we can continue to provide and expand our services to children with disabilities and their families who are in need of our support. As a registered charity we depend on the support of the public to help fund our much needed services.

With an increased rate in childhood disabilities and an increase in the demand for services and facilities, it is more important than ever that we continue to provide the best support for children and their families. Your donation can help to ensure children with severe disabilities receive the quality of life they deserve.

Whether it is a once off or a regular donation your support can truly make a difference in a child's life.

Donation Values

If you would like to make a monthly gift of €25, €50 or any other amount of your choice please contact us to find out more. 

Or if you would like to donate a once off amount to help support our work then you can donate online today! 

A donation no matter how small can make a huge difference to help us continue providing our services to children with multiple physical disabilities and their families.


Limericks Live 95fm Nice Bosses Competition

Congratulations to Michelle in the Nursing department here in St. Gabriel's school who nominated her boss as part of the Live 95fm's nice bosses competition. Michelle's entry was chosen as the winner and she won an executive KAB directors office chair for her boss and a day off for herself.
Thank you to KAB seating at W.W Doherty & Sons Ltd for their generous donation of the director chair and to Limerick's Live 95FM for organising the competition.

Family Centered Intervention Programmes

At St. Gbariel's we are currently running a number of programmes for the children availing of our services and their families. All of the programmes offerede are run by specifically trained clinicians. There are different times available for sessions to accomodate parents' attendance including during the day and in the evening. Some of the programmes outlined below include home visits as part of the package and the aim is that parents learn the skills that will help facilitate their child's ongoing development. 

The following are a number of programmes offered in St. Gabriel's Centre:


Incredible Years

This is a 14 week parenting programme for parents that has been developed by 'Incredible Years' in the Research Institute in the university of Washington and it has been specifically adapted for parents of children attending our services.



Early Bird


This is an 8 week post-diagnostic programme offered to parents of children that have just received the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It introduces what ASD is and strategies on how tohelp a child with ASD. It has been developed by the National Autistioc Society in the UK.






More than Words

The 'more than words' programme is another 8 week programme that is developed by the Hanen Centre in Ontario, Canada. It is aimed at parents of children with ASD and develops strategies in helping children develop their communication skills in the home environment.





Talkability is another 8 week programme developed by the Hanen Centre in Canada. This programme, however, is aimed at parents of children with social skills difficulties including but not exclusively those with a diagnosis of ASD. It focuses on social skills development and on developing friendships in the home environment.  Baby Massage                              

We are currently offering baby massage programmes led by our paediatric chartered physiotherapist. This includes a 5 week programme introducing parents to massage that aims to help with bonding; attachment; colic and constipation. It is a lovlely ooportunity to meet other parents and proves extremely beneficial to families.



Sib Shops

We also offer a number of Sibshop programmes for brothers and sisters of children with special needs as well as talks for parents in dealing with similar issues. We have ongoing parent information sessions on a rabge of topics such as respite, benefits and entitlements, trusts and wills, etc. Furthernore, St. Gabriel's also offer  training to school and preschool staff in the areas of behaviour, sensory processing and communication on an ongoing basis.


Challenge Yourself

At St. Gabriel's we are constantly looking for individuals to get involved in our fundraising efforts. This year, YOU can get involved in a number of different challenges on our behalf.

If you are feeling adventurous, why not set up your own challenge in aid of St. Gabriel's! Our fundraising department, can assist you with organising and running the event.

The sky is the limit with fundraising challenges from events on land, to in the sea and even in the air you can run, cycle, swim or skydive to raise funds and awareness for St. Gabriel's!

Whatever way you decide to challenge yourself this year, be sure to let us know of your event so we can do our best to support your efforts to raise awareness and funds.

Get active today for a worthwhile cause!

Askeaton Touring Club 170km Cycle

St. Gabriel's is delighted to say that we have been nominated as the chosen charity for the 27th Annual Askeaton Touring Club 170km Cycle in association with Wyeth Nutrition. The cycle will be taking place over two days the 18th & 19th June and will pass through six major towns along its route. The cycle will begin in Askeaton on Saturday and will continue on the Croagh, Ardagh, Tarbert and Kilrush. The cyclists will have an overnight stay in the Inn at Dromoland. Finally, on Sunday they will continue to cycle through Limerick city, stopping in St. Gabriel's for light refreshments before completing the cycle in Askeaton.

Over the two days, we need volunteers to conduct bucket collections along the route in the six locations. The more volunteers we have the more funds we will raise to build a new Children's Respite House.

If you or anyone you know might be able to volunteer for an hour or two in whichever location suits you best please contact us! We need YOUR help!











Team St. Gabriel’s and the Great Limerick Run 2016

On May 1st 2016, a number of people will be participating in the Great Limerick Run 2016 on behalf of St. Gabriel's. They will be walking or running the marathon, half marathon and 6 mile event as part of Team St. Gabriel's, all the while raising funds to help build St. Gabriel's new Children's Respite House.

If you would like to get involved in this event please contact us as we would be delighted to get more people involved!

St. Gabriel’s School Green Flag

Primrose Class of St. Gabriel's is taking on an environmental challenge this year as part of their work in science, geography and ASDAN. They are going for the school's first Green Flag and will be applying for it in September 2016. The children are deeply involved in the various steps related to the Green Schools Initiative including doing an environmental review, preparing and implementing an action plan and reviewing progress. Members of the Committee from Primrose Class can be regularly seen around the school collecting the recycling and reminding the school community of taking care of our wonderful planet!

Next order of business is the preparation of a Day of Action for Green Schools. This will take place in the coming months and we look forward to the whole school community getting involved!

Christmas Arrives at St. Gabriel’s

This week, a group of volunteers generously gave their time to help us decroate the centre and bring Christmas to St. Gabriel's. A big thank you to the helpers, and Happy Christmas to all of you!




Recently at St. Gabriel’s…


Recently at St. Gabriel's....

St.Gabriel's 6th Annual Greyhound Benefit Night

On Saturday the 26th September, St. Gabriel's had their Greyhound Benefit, it was a very successful night, with a great turn out and a wonderful night of racing! Jacko the clown and Elsa from Frozen made an appearance and the Kid's Corner was buzzing all night! Many thanks to everyone who supported us!




Crescent Comp. Students Visit St. Gabriels

On Wednesday the 7th October, we had a visit from some Transition Year girls from Crescent College Comprehensive. This visit has taken place for the past 6 years and each year, some students take part in the Limerick Ladies Mini-Marathon on behalf of St.Gabriel's. Thank you to the staff at Crescent for facilitating this visit, and thank you to the lovely students who came to visit us!






On Sunday the 25th of October, the Transition Year students from Crescent College Comprehensive took part in the Limerick Ladies Mini-Marathon on behalf of St. Gabriel's. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the girls for their support, and also to the teachers and staff at Crescent who made the event possible. We are extremely grateful  your support!!

Greyhound Benefit Night Saturday 26th September 2015

Mad Hatters Night at the Dogs! 

Join in the fun and wear a hat, bring the family along, encourage friends, neighbours and work colleagues to support the Benefit Night with lots to enjoy, music, face painting, colour- ing competition and a prize for the most spectacular hat and of course the racing!

FREE entry to U16s

We hope you can play your part by supporting one of the following sponsorship options

  • Race sponsor €400 (12 races)
  • Advertisement listing in the race programme & on stadium TV screen €100
  • Event Sponsor €500
  • Admission ticket €10. Special Student & Over 60s rate €5. 
  • Become a Patron or Donor, a subscription at your own discretion would be gratefully accepted

Our target is to raise €25,000 which will help fund
(i) building of a new Family Respite House
(ii) development of a Sensory Playground & Garden at St. Gabriel’s School
(iii) continued upkeep of St. Gabriel’s hydrotherapy pool

We hope to see you there for a great night out! 

Sensory Garden in St. Gabriel’s School


      We are delighted to inform you all that we are currently in the process of developing  a Sensory Garden in the St. Gabriel's school location after funding was secured from KBC Bank's 'Brighter Communities', The National Lottery, and other private donors. 

      This sensory playground will be built with the St. Gabriel's children and their complex, special needs in mind and will enable staff to bring the learning experience outdoors, to encourage and support the health and educational development of the children. The garden will be located at the front of the school and various classrooms will open directly out onto the playground so as to extend the learning environment and encourage sensory learning and play.

      Outdoor play and gardening activities are evidence based interventions, that are core elements to education and health development and we are excited for the opportunities that will be available to the children and their learning experience here at St. Gabriel's once the playground is built.

Garda Band Concert Tickets


Tickets for the Garda Band Concert in the South Court Hotel on 29th Oct. are now available from St. Gabriel's Centre. Feel free to contact us, to purchase a ticket.

Corporate Project Engagement

At St. Gabriel's we are delighted to already have partnered with a number of local and national businesses and corporations who have shown their support in a variety of different ways through employee volunteering days, donations of essential medical, therapy and IT equipment and financial donations. Their involvement with us has allowed for the completion of a number of very worthwhile projects that are all aimed to help improve the quality of life of children with multiple physical disabilities and their families.


Developement of a new Hydrotherapy Pool 

In 2009, St. Gabriel's opened a new Hydrotherapy pool located in St. Gabriel's Centre in Dooradoyle. The development of this project was reliant on donations and fundraising activities that were carried out in aid of St. Gabriel's Hydrotherapy Pool.

The pool has high running and maintenance costs which require constant funding through donations and ongoing fundraising activities. A yearly cost of €150,000 runs and maintains the Hydrotherapy pool and while a small portion of income is generated from people paying to use the pool we still need YOUR help!


Refurbishment of the Nursing Department

Often overlooked at St. Gabriel's is the medical department and team that work tirelessle to provide support and treatment to the children attending the School. Through corporate partnership, the nursing department's clinical room got a much-needed refurbishment in 2014 funded by GECAS.



Installation of new IT Equipment 

St. Gabriel's School has recently seen the fitting of new IT equipment like computers and interactive whiteboards to assist the children who attend the school. The installation of this new equipment was made possible by our partnership with DELL Solution Centre. Their support will allow for teachers to make learning more interactive for the 58 children with multiple physical disabilities and complex medical needs attending St. Gabriel's School.


We are delighted to be in partnership with a number of other companies:                                                                                     

  • Ceridian Ireland
  • Nothern Trust
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland Mid - West Society
  • Cara Energy Management
  • KBC Bank 
  • BAM Ireland
  • Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (seai)




Current and Upcoming Projects

Fundraising that is conducted for St. Gabriel's is carried out with a number of specific upcoming projects in mind. These include:

  • Purchase of specialised equipment
  • The building of a Resource and Respite House for children and their families, which, when built, will provide short-term residential breaks for families where their child is cared for in a home from home.

Here are just some of the most recently completed projects at St.Gabriel's, which would not have been possible without the generosity and goodwill of those who support us:

  • Installation of an energy cost reduction unit
  • The refurbishment of a clinical/nursing room
  • The addition of two classrooms to St. Gabriel's School
  • Development of a sensory playground

Recent Fundraising Events

In the past few months St.Gabriel's were ifortunate to be involved associated with a number of fundraising events which were organised by different fundraising committees. St. Gabriel's is grateful for this level of support.


Snooker Champs



Munster Stars launch Golf Classic



Ladies Lunch Committee






























On Thursday June 18th, St Gabriel's held a charity snooker night in which fans of the sport were delighted with the opportunity to see the two sporting legends Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor.


GECAS Volunteer Day

GECAS Volunteers visited St.Gabriel's and completed a wonderful decorating project. We are very grateful to the GECAS charities committee and their corporate social citizenship for this type of valuable support and engagement with our organisation.



Job Advertisement At Hydrotherapy Pool

Swim Teacher/Life Guard required for St. Gabriel's Hydrotherapy pool. 

Part-time/flexiable hours being offered. 

For further information please contact Treasa McAuliffe at

Booking Policy for Family/Baby/Toddler Sessions


  • Pre-pay cards are now available for €100, for 20 pool sessions and €50 for 10 pool sessions. Pool users must email the on the morning of the session you wish to attend, not later than an hour before session starts. Emails will not be accepted the night before.
  • E.G. WEEKENDS:  If you are attending 10 o’clock session you must have emailed pool by 9 o’clock that morning. MID WEEK: If you are attending 4 o’clock session, you can email pool to book for session from 8 o’clock that morning
  • You can email on the morning of the session that you wish to attend, stating which session you would like to book in for.
  • You will receive a confirmation email back after 8.30am confirming your place for your pool session or informing you that session is full.
  • Your booking will be held for 15 minutes into a session, if you do not arrive within the 15 minute time frame your place will be given to another customer.
  • Vouchers: If you have a St.Gabriel’s hydrotherapy pool voucher, you can also book into a session by email, stating how many people you are booking in.
  • You can only email pool and book your preferred session if you have a pre-pay card/voucher. Users who do not have a pre-pay card/voucher and are paying on a first come first serve basis cannot email pool and book a session.

*We cannot accept any loss for no show to a session that you have booked. If you do not turn up for a session, that money will be automatically taken off your card.*

St. Gabriel’s Ladies Fundraising Lunch, Thursday 14 May

Come along with friends to support this very worthwhile project on Thursday 14 May 2015. Enjoy a lovely day in the beautiful Dunraven Arms Hotel.  Proceeds raised from the event will go towards the future developement of St. Gabriel's a Resource and Respite House to be built near Mungret Village

St. Gabriel's Family Resource and Respite House

There is an urgent need for respite and shared care beds in the Limerick region for children iwth a primary physical and sensory disability, many of whom have life limiting conditions. It is intended that St. Gabriel's new resource and respite hsoue will address this criticial situation. It will provide a much needed facility for families to avail of short-term residential breaks and temporary respite care for theri chidl in a home to home setting.

For enquiries or tickets, please contact a member of the committee

Suzanne Leonard, 086 8235431

Breda Hayes, 086 6088159

St. Gabriel's 061 302733


Great Limerick Run, Sunday 3 May 2015

Take part in the Great Limerick Run, help us raise money to develop new projects which will  improve the quality of life for chidlren with disabilities  attending St. Gabriel's.

Sponsorship packs, t/ shirt and sponsorhsip cards available. 

Please contact Kate, St Gabriel's Fundraising & Development. T: 061 302733/


Policy Documents

St. Gabriel’s School Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy September 2012 

This document is a response to recent changes in legislation and takes account of the provisions of each of the following pieces of legislation

  • Freedom of Information Act 1997
  • The Education Act 1998
  • The Child Welfare Act 2000
  • Children First – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Pupils 2011

The new procedures are based on the recently published Children First – National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011, and Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools (Dept of Education & Skills, 2011) 


  • Children First (Dept of Children and Youth Affairs 2011)
  • Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools (Dept of Education & Skills, 2011).

The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, practices and activities. Therefore, in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Education and Skills, Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools, the Board of Management of St. Gabriel’s School has agreed the following child protection policy.

The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools as part of this overall child protection policy. 

It was ratified at a meeting with the Board of Management of St. Gabriel’s School on 20th January 2015.


Child Protection Policy 2012, updated 2013, updated 2014, updated 2015

  • St. Gabriel’s School has an obligation to provide pupils with the highest possible standard of care in order to promote their well being and protect them from harm. School personnel are especially well placed to observe changes in behaviour, failure to develop or outward signs of abuse in pupils.

Mindful of this primary duty of care, the Board of Management of St. Gabriel’s School fully endorses “Children First 2011: National Guidance  for the Protection and Welfare of Children”, “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools,”  the designated guidelines for the protection and welfare of children issued by the Department of Health and Children, September 1999 and “Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures” issued by the Department of Education and Science in April 2001. 

  • The BOM nominated and appointed, John F Murphy (Principal) as the Designated Liaison Person (DLP) to act as a liaison with outside agencies such as HSE/Gardaí and as a resource person to any staff having child protection concerns.
  • In the absence of John F Murphy, Cathy Cooper (Deputy Principal) will act as Deputy DLP.


Definition of Child Abuse:

Child Abuse can be categorised into four different types: neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse.

Neglect: can be defined in terms of an omission, where the child suffers significant harm or impairment of development by being deprived of food, clothing, warmth, hygiene, intellectual stimulation, supervision and safety, attachment to and affection from adults and medical care. Neglect generally becomes apparent in different ways over a period of time rather than at one specific moment. Staff must inform the DLP if he/she is concerned or suspicious that a child is being neglected.

Emotional Abuse: occurs when a child’s need for affection, approval, consistency and security are not met. Emotional abuse can be manifested in terms of the child’s behavioural, cognitive, affective or physical functioning. A child may be affected by an event in his/her life and staff must inform the DLP if he/she is concerned or suspicious that a child’s emotional needs are being neglected.

Physical Abuse: is any form of non-accidental injury or injury which results from willful or neglectful failure to protect a child. Staff must inform the DLP if he/she is concerned or suspicious that a child may have been physically abused.


Sexual Abuse: occurs when a child is used by another person for his/her gratification or sexual arousal or for that of others.  Staff must inform the DLP if he/she is concerned or suspicious that a child may have been sexually abused.

Basis for Reporting to the HSE

The HSE should always be informed when a person has reasonable grounds for concern that a child may have been abused, or is being abused, or is at risk of abuse. With regard to emotional abuse and/or physical neglect, consistent indication, over a period of time that a child is suffering from emotional neglect or physical neglect would constitute reasonable grounds for concern.

Procedures in dealing with a disclosure/suspicion from a child/third party:

  • Teachers who suspect child abuse/neglect should report their concerns to the DLP at the first instance and carefully record their observations over a period of time.
  • Disclosures of Child Abuse/neglect from a third party will be reported to the DLP.  If a third party starts to tell a teacher about an alleged child abuse incident the teacher will ask them to speak to the DLP.  If the person does not inform the DLP the teacher will do so.
  • Where a child discloses alleged abuse/neglect to a staff member, the person receiving that information should listen carefully and supportively.  IT IS NOT THE ROLE OF ANY STAFF MEMBER OR DLP TO INVESTIGATE AN INCIDENT/ALLEGATION/SUSPICION.  HIS/HER ROLE IS TO LISTEN AND RECORD INFORMATION.  Great care must be taken not to abuse the child’s trust.  This should not be a formal interview.

Procedures in dealing with a disclosure/suspicion from a child/third party (cont.):

  1. Listen to the child.
  2. Do not ask leading questions or make suggestions to the child.
  3. Offer reassurance but do not make promises.
  4. Do not stop a child recalling significant events.
  5. Do not over-react.
  6. Confidentiality should be assured – explain that further help may have to be sought.
  7. Record the discussion accurately noting:
  • What, where and when?
  • Descriptions and possible sketches of physical injuries
  • Explanations of injuries using direct quotations if appropriate
  • In order to ensure confidentiality the registration number of the child, the date on which the observation was recorded, the observation and the teacher’s signature will be entered in the notebook. Sign and date the record. Retain the record securely
  • Whether cases of abuse/neglect are suspected or confirmed, confidentiality will be respected. The information on individual cases will be restricted to the teacher(s) immediately involved with the child and will be on a need to know basis.
  • The DLP will record the incident. It is not the function of the teacher or the DLP to investigate the issue.
  • If the suspected abuser is the DLP then the suspicion and any records will be passed on to the Chairperson who will proceed as per guidelines.
  • The Chairperson of the Board of Management will be informed of the disclosure.
  • Informal contact with the designated person in the HSE Mid-West will be made, seeking advice as to whether a referral should be made. The DLP will be explicit that s/he is requesting advice and not making a report. It is not necessary at this stage for the DLP to disclose his/her name or the name of the school.
  • The advice given by the HSE must be acted upon.
  • If the advice is not to refer, the DLP will record this advice as the reason for non-referral. The chairperson of the Board of Management will be informed.
  • If the advice from the HSE is to refer the case, the DLP will do so. However, prior to referring, the DLP will inform the parent of his/her intention to refer, unless this course of action is injurious to the child.
  • Following referral and the completion of the standard form, the school will have no further part to play in the investigation.
  • If a case conference is required, the DLP will be invited to attend.

All records will be held in a central, securely locked location.

Allegations against an employee:

  • Procedures followed are similar to those of a disclosure.
  • Employee is made aware of the allegation against him/her.
  • Employee will be given the opportunity to respond to the allegation in writing and at a meeting of the Board of Management.
  • BOM meeting to review the allegation, giving due consideration to any advice given by HSE and Gardaí.
  • The BOM will consider placing the employee on administrative leave, with full pay, pending the outcome of investigations by the HSE and Gardaí.
  • On conclusion of any investigation, the BOM will then determine the employment status of the employee.

Organisational Implications and Prevention of Child Abuse.

  • The Board will ensure that appropriate and ongoing training as necessary will be available for the DLP and deputy DLP.
  • The Board fully endorses arrangements for the vetting of teaching and non-teaching staff as outlined in Circular 0094/2006 from the Department of Education and Skills.
  • Recognising the safety and well-being of pupils attending the school is a priority and the Board undertakes to include (a) Child Protection and (b) Health and Safety matters as items 
  • on the agenda of all Board of Management meetings and staff meetings.
  • The Board will ensure that all school staff, teaching and non-teaching, are aware of their obligations under the guidelines detailed in “Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Pupils” and the procedures to be followed in the event of concern.
  • The Board recognises that it has two duties of care. The primary duty is the protection, safety and welfare of the pupils attending St. Gabriel’s School. The Board as an employer, also has duties and responsibilities towards its employees.
  • As an employer the Board may seek legal advice if an allegation of abuse is made against a school employee.
  • The Board will adhere to the protocol outlined in “Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools, Department of Education and Skills, 2011 under Chapter 5: “Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse Regarding School Employees”, to authorise any actions required to protect pupils in its care. The Board notes that school employees may be subject to erroneous or malicious allegations. Any allegation of abuse should be dealt with sensitively. The employee should be treated fairly, which includes the right not to be judged in advance of a full and fair enquiry. The Board accepts that the principles of natural justice and fair procedures must be adhered to.
  • The Board believes that the academic, personal and social development of pupils flourishes in a culture where good relationships are encouraged, people feel valued and respected and appropriate support is available for those in difficulty.
  • All pupils in the school will be made aware that there are adults in the school whom they can approach if they are worried. Opportunities will be included in the curriculum through the S.P.H.E. programme and anti-bullying policy for pupils to develop the skills they need to keep them safe. St. Gabriel’s School teaches the “Stay Safe” programme to all pupils.
  • The Board of Management undertakes to circulate this policy to parents at the time of enrolment of pupils. This policy statement and “Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Pupils” will also be available for parents to examine at the Principal’s office and at reception.
  • This policy statement regarding Child Protection at St. Gabriel’s School applies to all staff, members of the Board of Management, students on work placement, volunteers and contractors working in our school. It is St. Gabriel’s School policy that all adults interested in working with pupils in a voluntary capacity in the school must be subject to Garda Vetting. Application forms for this are available from the school office.
  • This policy statement will be reviewed annually.

Supervision and Visibility.

School supervision policy and routines will be followed by all staff to ensure that there is comprehensive supervision of pupils at all breaks. Pupils will not be allowed to spend time in classrooms where they would not be under adult supervision. Staff are aware at all times of pupil’s whereabouts.

Appropriate Physical Contact.

All staff will apply their professional judgement and common sense with regard to appropriate physical contact with pupils in their care. They will not place themselves in a vulnerable situation where actions could be misinterpreted. They will take account of Child Protection Guidelines and the individual needs of the pupil.

Intimate Care.

Our protocol for good practice in intimate care addresses the protection of students while involved in intimate care procedures. See Appendix A.


Pupils are to be encouraged at all times to play appropriately and inappropriate behaviour will be addressed under our Code of Behaviour. If an incident occurs which we consider to be of a sexualised nature we will notify the DLP who will record it and respond to it appropriately.

Teachers and SNAs will ensure that pupils are visible in the school at all times. 


The school secretary will be aware of all visitors entering the school and will ascertain their intentions. They will be supervised in the discharge of their business. All school entrance/exit doors are locked or supervised after the pupils enter the school. Visitors cannot enter the school without contacting the school secretary and giving their reason for entry.

Swimming/ hydrotherapy pool/attending for therapy.

Pupils will attend their appointments at St Gabriel’s Centre under the supervision of one of the following: their parent(s), a member of school/clinic staff, a third level student, or graduate volunteer.

All adults assisting with supervision in the changing rooms will act in ‘loco parentis’ and as such will act as prudent parents helping pupils to return to school as dry as possible

Pupils travelling in staff cars.

Staff will not carry pupils in their cars.

Induction of Teachers, Students on Work Placement and Ancillary Staff.

The DLP will be responsible for informing all new teachers, Students on Work Placement and ancillary staff of this policy and the Children First Guidelines.

Dealing With Pupils on a One-To-One Basis.

If a staff member/visiting professional such as Visiting Teacher for the Visually Impaired or Visiting Teacher for the Deaf has to work/deal/communicate with pupils on a one-to-one basis, they are requested to leave the classroom door open if there is not a glass partition fitted on the door.


With regards to child protection, we will pay particular attention to trends in non-attendance. We will also monitor non-attendance in correlation with signs of neglect/ physical/ emotional abuse.

Video/DVD/Digital Media/Print Media.

Staff will always ensure that any Video/DVD/Digital Media/Print Media shown to the pupils is age appropriate.  St. Gabriel’s School is a primary school and as such the following are the only Video/DVDs that should be shown to pupils:

General Viewing (G)

Parental Guidance (PG)

12 A (for pupils who are twelve years old with adult supervision)

No Videos/DVDs rated as suitable for 15 year olds, 18 year olds or adults will be shown to the pupils without the prior approval of the principal.



Appendix A


  • These guidelines are intended to provide support and protection to both staff and children.
  • All staff involved in the intimate care of children must first be familiar with these guidelines and procedures.
  • It is good practice for all staff members to exercise common sense in this regard at all times and not to place themselves in a vulnerable situation where actions could be misinterpreted.
  • All intimate care procedures should be practiced in a sensitive and respectful manner and according to St. Gabriel’s guidelines and procedures.
  • St. Gabriel’s School practices a two-staff policy with regard to intimate care of its pupils.


  • St. Gabriel’s School strives to promote the general welfare, health and full development of the child.
  • We aim to create an atmosphere which respects the privacy of each individual child and to treat all children with due sensitivity and care.
  • We encourage the child to have a positive image of their own body, to develop a sense of identity and positive self-esteem, promoting self-confidence.
  • Children, including those using Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) or communication aids, should be enabled to develop an appropriate vocabulary for personal needs and private body parts, taking into account the age and development of the child and in consultation with the parents.
  • The child’s ability to distinguish between functional and invasive touches should always be respected and taken into account.
  • The child should be enabled to learn about acceptable and appropriate behavior.
  • Appropriate segregation of the sexes should be available at all times.
  • Children have the right to confidentiality. All information pertaining to children should be treated with discretion.

Thank You

Thank you for purchasing an Oak Tree gift card. We are delighted that you have chosen to support St. Gabriel’s and the work we do, helping to improve the quality of life for children with multiple disabilities.

St. Gabriel’s is grateful to the Benedictine monks in Glenstal Abbey who provided us with a beautiful oak tree forest in 2003 as a gesture of their commitment to our work. Their kindness has brought this initiative to life. As living plants, the trees in the forest change and grow, unite and divide and are subject to all weather events and seasons. We hope you understand that for this reason, individual trees are not identified or tracked, and neither is it possible to visit a specific tree in the forest at Glenstal.

St. Gabriel’s relies on support of all kinds from local businesses, companies and individuals to help us develop and fund new and existing projects. Our flagship projects not only benefit the children and families who attend St. Gabriel’s, but they are also designed to have long-term positive impacts with medical, social and community benefits for many children and adults with disabilities in the mid-west. You make it possible for this work to continue.
After all, mighty oaks from little acorns grow.

St, Gabriel’s Bag Packing, Sat 20 Dec, 10 - 2pm, Tesco, Crescent SC

All are welcome to help out with our bag packing at Tesco, Crescent SC on Saturday 20 Dec between 10;00-2pm. Please contact us 

 Many hands make light work!

St.Gabriel’s School

St.Gabriel’s School is located in Dooradoyle adjacent to St.Gabriel’s Centre and is one of only five similar schools in the country. It is a primary and post primary day school for children from 4-18 years old with multiple, physical/sensory disabilities and/or developmental delay. St.Gabriel’s Centre provides health related supports to the children who attend the school through the Treehouse Early Intervention Team.

St.Gabriel’s Centre

St.Gabriel’s Centre provides two teams of highly qualified clinical specialists who deliver a range of essential health-related therapies and interventions. Up to 400 children with multiple disabilities from within the region attend St.Gabriel’s Centre on an outpatient basis.

St.Gabriel’s Hydrotherapy Pool

St.Gabriel’s hydrotherapy pool has been in operation since January 2009, although our original focus was on making it available to children with special needs who attend St.Gabriel’s services, demand from the public has led us to open the pool to the wider community.

St.Gabriel’s School & Centre, Springfield Drive, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Ireland T: +353 61 302733 E:
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