About Us

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Our School


Abacas Kilbarrack Special School is an evidence based school for children with a diagnosis of Autism. Our school has 54 students and caters for children between the ages of 4-18 years of age. We also have an Early Intervention Programme with six students between the ages 3-5. Each student has an individualised educational programme designed to meet their needs as identified through formal assessment.


The Abacas School is divided into a Junior programme and a Senior programme.  The school has 9 classrooms which includes the 'Busy Bees' Early Intervention classroom. Students are assigned to a classroom according to their age and the requirements of their individualised programme. 


Our Mission

Our mission is to create opportunities through education, in an environment that is caring, supportive and joyful, improving the lives of children and young adults with autism and the lives of their families.

To this end we value:

  • Student centred education that celebrates each child’s uniqueness

  • Early intervention and assessment

  • Individualised, evidence based education

  • Partnership with families and participation in society

Meet Our Staff

Laura Kelly


Ursula Cassidy

Deputy Principal

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Trish Carolan

Behaviour Analyst

The Team



We have a truly unique team who are committed to empowering students to reach their full potential. We provide regular in house training to all our staff and are constantly striving to improve the experience for the student. We have a high staff to student ratio which enables us to provide  individualised programmes tailored to the students' needs. Our small classroom sizes are also the ideal setting for encouraging group interaction in a supportive, intimate environment.

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Professional Supervision

A large number of our staff are enrolled on or have completed masters level courses in Applied Behaviour Analysis. As part of the requirements to sit the associated board certified exams these staff must engage in regular professional supervision. They attend individual supervision with our school Behaviour Analyst twice per month and a monthly group supervision is also offered, covering various relevant topics. This level of support for our staff ensures we can continue to attract highly qualified and dedicated people to work in our school.

Board of Management


Made up of teacher, parent and community representatives, the main function of the BOM is to manage the school  for the benefit of the students and to provide an appropriate education for each student at the school. The board is accountable to the Department of Education and Skills. The school principal is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and is accountable to the board. The Board carry out their duties with the best interests of the school at heart. The board have regular meetings throughout the year where they develop and review plans for the school.

The composition of the Board of Management for Abacas Kilbarrack is:

  • BOM Secretary/Principal Laura Kelly

  • ChairpersonJohn Dennehy

  • Parent Representative Deirdre Jambou

  • Parent Representative Neil McMahon

  • Community Representative Michael Keane

  • Community Representative Brian Doyle

  • Teacher Representative Ursula Cassidy

  • Patron Representative Fr. Finbar Neylan


If you need to contact a member of the Board of Management, please do so through the Chairperson at chairperson@abacaskilbarrack.info.