Scoil Oilibhear officially opens new playground activity trail


KBC Bright Ideas funding lays foundations for active school community.

Scoil Oilibhear in Ballyvolane has officially opened the school’s new state-of-the art activity trail having received €10,000 funding last summer from KBC’s Bright Ideas for better communities initiative. Cutting the ribbon at the opening event to cheers from staff and pupils were the school’s principal, Aodán Ó Briain and Sean Michael Collins, KBC’s Hub Manager in Cork who last year presented the school with their cheque.

The €10,000 funding enabled Scoil Oilibhear to transform its old play facilities from a school yard finished in tarmac to a new dedicated recreational space designed to encourage the school’s 700 pupils to explore and enjoy physical activity. The activity trail, which leads into the main body of the school’s playground, will be used at PE and break times to help the children develop socially, emotionally, academically and physically during recreation time.

Aodán Ó Briain, Principal of Scoil Oilibhear, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to officially open the school’s new activity trail, which has been received with smiles all round from the boys and girls at Scoil Oilibhear. The pupils are having great fun exploring the new trail, which promotes important skills such as balance and co-ordination, as well as confidence, social interaction and imagination through physical play. The activity trail is a fantastic addition to the school and the funding from KBC’s Bright Ideas initiative has been instrumental in making this project a reality for us; it has really helped to rejuvenate the entire school community.”

Sean Michael Collins, KBC Cork Hub Manager, said: “It is an honour to officially open Scoil Oilibhear’s new activity trail and I am delighted to join the school for this very special occasion. It’s fantastic to see it progress from being a ‘Bright Idea’ on paper when Scoil Oilibhear applied to KBC last year for funding, to seeing the activity trail become a reality for the school today. KBC is proud to have played a part in that. KBC’s Bright Ideas initiative is about helping local projects to secure funding for innovative, creative ideas that can transform community life, and Scoil Oilibear is a shining example of just that. On behalf of the KBC team in Cork, I wish the entire school community hours of fun, learning and enjoyment with their brand new activity trail.” 

Following a successful first year of the initiative, KBC’s Bright Ideas returns in 2015 for a second year with €100,000 funding available to reward unique community projects. Multiple winners will be chosen across the country with ten winners put forward by KBC’s judging panel to enter a public vote for Ireland’s ‘Brightest Idea’. An additional €5,000 funding has been reserved for the overall winning project.

KBC Bank Ireland is encouraging community groups to apply for funding through Bright Ideas for creative projects that can demonstrate tangible ways to transform, improve or rejuvenate any aspect of Irish community life.

Applications can be submitted through KBC’s easy to use online application portal at Applications are welcome from projects based anywhere in the Republic of Ireland and the closing date is 30th April 2015.

To learn more about last year’s winners and how Bright Ideas has helped local community groups and their projects visit