The Parents’ Association

St. Columba’s College has an active Parents’ Association that organises a wide range of events throughout the academic year.

St. Columba’s College has an active Parents’ Association that organizes a wide range of events throughout the academic year.

The Parents’ Association helps to ensure that all parents feel part of the College community through the organization of formal and informal events throughout the school year. Parents are automatically members of the Parents’ Association and are encouraged to become actively involved in the Committee, which represents the interests of students.

The Association is involved in many areas of school life and key roles include :

  • Social events which include a New Parents Welcome Cocktail party and
    Parent Coffee mornings.
  • Donations to school initiatives to enhance students experiences
  • Running and stocking the Second Hand Uniform Shop
  • Inviting Guest speakers to address parents on topical interests of relevance to general health and well being of students

Parents Association Committee

Parents’ Association Committee Members are elected each year at the AGM which is held in October. The members then elect officers for Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer at the first official meeting together. Should new parents wish to know more about the Parents’ Association they are invited to contact a committee member or the Chair, Brian Pollock at

The Current Parent’s Association Committee

Brian Pollock (Chair), Gilly Goodbody (Secretary), Katharine Bulbulia  (Treasurer),

Committee Members: Sarah Gleeson,  Aine Carroll-O’Keeffe, Ciara Hassett, Jenny Pringle, Katharine Bulbulia, Charlotte Kelly, Colette Cully, Gilly Goodbody, Lynn Turkington.

Overseas Representative – Irmela Hopkins
Compass Representative – Rev Bruce Hayes

Each Form has a “WhatsApp” group. A particularly useful communication tool, especially for overseas parents. If you would like to be added to your child’s Form WhatsApp group you can email details directly to the Chairperson, Brian Pollock.

WhatsApp Group Representatives

  • Form 1 Ciara Hassett
  • Form 2 Jenny Pringle
  • Form 3 Aine Carroll
  • Form 4 Sarah Gleeson
  • Form 5 Ciara Hassett
  • Form 6 Liz Lawrence
  • Overseas Irmela Hopkins

Mental Health Awareness Week – Walk for Parents Friday 14th March at 8.30 am

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week in the School we are having a walk up in Kilmashogue mountain behind the school. We will meet in the car park beside the hockey pavilion at 8.30 am and the school minibus will bring us up to Kilmashogue car park where we will commence our walk through the woods and across the mountain and then back down to the school.

Coffee Morning – next coffee morning Saturday 14th March at 11.30am in Whispering House

Second Hand Uniform Shop

We plan to open the shop on a more frequent basis in the New Year – we will communicate further when details are finalised.

Next opening of the shop will be Saturday 14th March 2020.


The Parents’ Association and the National Association of COMPASS would like to extend an invitation to all parents to attend their interactive meetings. For further details, please contact our Compass Representative
Bruce Hayes, Rector of St Patrick’s Church Dalkey. Contact details:

Contact: Bruce Hayes
Telephone: 01 2803369 or 086 2327349

Parents’ Association Events

Upcoming events.

Next Coffee Morning and 2nd Hand Uniform Shop

Friday 24th January 2020

We plan to open the Second Hand Uniform Shop on a more frequent basis in the New Year. We will communicate details as soon as plans are finalised.

Parents’ Association News & Reviews

Reviews of past Parents’ Association events and speakers.

Patrick Foster Talk to Parents

For those parents who were able to attend this talk by Patrick Foster we were treated to an insight into the world of someone whose life almost ended through an addiction to gambling. Patrick was a young man who was hugely successful in sport…

Parents’ Trip to Seville – Report & Photo Album

Trish Dunlop (parent to pupils in Forms V & III) reports on last weekend's parents' trip to Seville.A group of parents and family emerged from the winter drear last weekend, ably led by the Warden, Cathy and Michael O’Shaughnessy,…

Parents’ Association News – March 9th 2019

On Friday, 15th February, in support of the Schools Mental Health Awareness week, the Parents Association organised a parent walk in the hills above the school. An early morning start, on a gloriously sunny clear day, the parents were transported…