St. Gabriel’s Bright Idea for Limerick was a 2014 winner.

Their idea was to fund the building of a sensory garden for children with multiple physical disabilities.


St. Gabriel’s School and Centre in Dooradoyle secured €9,000 to buy specialised equipment for a new sensory playground for children with multiple physical disabilities.

The idea was selected as the playground and equipment will be used to support the children’s communication skills, social, emotional and psychological development.


This multi-faceted project required several levels of funding and St Gabriel’s felt that the support they received from KBC’s Bright Ideas gave them the impetus to say yes, this project is feasible.

Kate Sheahan describes how securing funding from KBC was a real vote of confidence in St. Gabriel’s, and gave them the motivation and encouragement they needed to secure further funding for additional elements of the project.



Kate advises those applying this year to put forward a well thought-out project that has a start, middle and end, where you know the deliverables and outcomes and who is going to be involved.

“This is what development and progress is about now – having positive engagement with different organisations as part of a two-way process.”
Kate Sheahan, St Gabriels School