Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh
Beal Atha Na Slua
Baile Fúinn Cúlra na Scoile Foireann Nuacht An Lá Scoile

Bunaíodh Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh sa bhliain 1990, le seisear daltaí. B’í Carmel Uí Fhearghail an chéad mhúinteoir agus príomhoide na scoile. An chéad seomra ranga a bhí againn ná sean siopa Gruagaire, ar ball bhogamar isteach i sean caife agus ó shin go siopa rothair.

Nuair nach raibh spás ar bith eile fágtha i gCúirt an Chumainn, bhogamar isteach ins na seomraí feistis i Halla an Bhaile. Freisin, bhí oifigí agus tuilleadh seomraí againn in iar-oifig dlíodóra. Bhí na foirgnimh sin ar fad ar chíos ag an scoil.

I gcónaí bhíodh ár bpáiste le feiceáil ag siúl na sráideanna ag dul ó rang go rang.

I Méan Fómhair 2005 bhogamar isteach in ár scoil nua i gCéide Ghearrbhaile.

Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh was founded in 1990 with just 6 children.
Carmel Uí Fhearghail was our first teacher and principal. Our first class was taught in a converted hair salon in Society Street, later on the school moved in to a former café and bike shop, and then to the town hall.

Our children were a regular sight on Society Street as they went from class to class.

In September 2005 we moved into our new school in Garbally Drive.









2014/15 Archive







Éadaí scoile an tsamhraidh
Summer School Uniform 2016

Tá súil againn go mbeidh an aimsir go hálainn go luath!!!

Tá traidisiún anseo éadaí scoile an tsamhraidh a chaitheamh an tam seo den bhliain. Mar sin is iad éadaí scoile an tsamhraidh ná:

- Bríste Ghearr dúghorm.
- T-léine scoile (gorm/bán/dearg)
- Bróga Reatha
- Geansaí Scoile spóirt

Taobh amuigh de seo ba chóir go mbeadh éadaí scoile ceart ar do pháiste gach lá.

We hope that summer will soon be on the way!!

As is tradition in Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh, we can wear a summer school uniform at this time of year. Our summer school uniform consists of:

- Navy shorts
- School t-shirt (red/blue/white)
- Runners
- School tracksuit top

Please note that there is no mix and match option.

Children must wear their full school uniform or summer uniform.

Runners may be worn with summer uniforms and sports uniforms only. Black school shoes are worn with full school uniform.

Please support our school uniform policy as not doing so confuses and upsets the children, and gives the impression that our rules are there to be broken. We try to teach the children that fair rules are there for the benefit of everybody and must be respected by all for the good of society.

Ruairí Ó hAnnluain



Bog Stop - Rang 4/5 agus Rang 6 ag dul an tseachtain seo!

4th/5th and 6th Class going to Bog Stop 29 and 30/05/15


Beidh Rang 4/5 ag dul go Gaillimh ag glacadh páirt i ‘Bog Stop’ Déardaoin, 28/05/15 agus Beidh Rang 6 ag dul ann Dé hAoine, 29/05/15.

Guímid gach rud orthu ar fad!

Fourth and Fifth Class will be going to Galway on Thursday, and Sixth Class will be going on Friday to the Black Box theatre to take part in the Irish-language quiz BOG STOP.


We look forward to most enjoyable days out!





Bullying, Internet Safety & Cyberbullying
Workshop for Parents - Wednesday, June 3rd 2015
7.00 - 8.30 p.m. in the School Hall

Dear Parents,
We have arranged for John Wills (Education Development Executive) with Barnardos to present a Workshop on Bullying, Internet Safety & Cyberbullying to parents on Wednesday, June 3rd from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.

We feel these are very relevant topics. Bullying and cyberbullying is an ever present concern for us all. There are great benefits in using the internet but there are also many risks and we need to be aware of these risks and how we can best safeguard our children.

Earlier in the day John will talk to our 4th, 5th and 6th classes.

The evening Workshop is open to parents from all classes, as well as parents from the local area. There is no charge for attending the Workshop but we will have a donation box which will go towards covering the cost of running the event

We have been very lucky to have secured John Willis as a speaker during this school year and we hope you can come along as it promises to be a very informative and interesting evening. Please spread the word about this Workshop to any parents from outside the school who you think might be interested.
We look look forward to seeing you on the night.
Go raibh maith agat.

The Parents Association Committee
Geraldine Sheeran, Damien Naughton, Ger Coughlan, Fiona O’Flaherty, Janice O’Grady, Olivia Dunne, Renate Kohlmann, Ruairi Ó hAnnluain & Helen McCarthy






Siúlóid Scoile 24/05/15 - Walk a Mile for the school 24/05/15


Bhí an-lá ar fad againn Dé Domhnaigh agus muid ag siúl ar son na scoile! D'eagraigh Coiste na dTuistí gach rud!

Seo an dara bhliain!!!! Bhí an-spórt againn arís!!!

We had a most enjoyable day on Sunday at the Ballinasloe Community Running Track, from 2-4 p.m.

Coiste na dTuistí organised Walk-a-Mile for the School to raise funds for classroom libraries!

All who were able to walk on the day had a most enjoyable Time!!!

We look forward to this becoming an annual event.... and maybe a 5K run!!!

If you still have a sponsorship card at home please send it in as soon as possible.




An Chéad Chomaoineach 2014

First Holy Communion 2014

Táimid ag súil go mór leis an gCéad Chomaoineach Dé Sathairn, tá na páistí ar bís faoi. Guímid gach rath orthu!

We are looking forward very much to the First Holy Communion ceremony on Saturday - the children have been working very hard preparing for the day and are very excited about it. We wish them well!







Féile na leabhair - Book Fair 2015

Táimid ar fad ag súil go mór leis an Féile Leabhar a bheidh ann an tseachtain seo chugainn – 27-30ú Aibreán.

We are all looking forward to our school Book Fair which will take place next week from 27-30 of April.







Social Media Awareness Event Moore Hall
BallyDangan 17th April 2015 at 8pm.

Meet & Greet
(Jamie Curley & Caoimhe Sweeney Moore Club)

• Introductions by the MC
Ava McManus (Drum Club) & Thomas Kenny (Moore Club)

• Roscommon National Council Address
Tom Madden (Foróige National Council member)

• Timeline of Computers & Technology
• (Reps from Roscommon & Monksland Clubs)

• Cyber Awareness Video
• (Short film curtsey of McAfee ‘Online Safety for Young People)

• Address by Jim Maher Foroige’

• Slide Show Presentation
• (Gabriel Finneran & Reps from Moore Clubs)

• Drama piece called “Consequences”
(Reps from Four Roads, Moore, & Drum Clubs)

• Garda Presentation - Policing of Internet Safety
(Gardaí John O’Connor)

• Keynote Speaker Senator Lorraine Higgins
(Address by Senator Lorraine Higgins)

• Address by Deputy Denis Naughten

• Questions & Answers

• Refreshments
• (Members from South Roscommon Clubs)

Beidh an scoil ag dúnadh ag 12 a chlog Dé hAoine do bhriseadh na Cásca. Beidh an scoil ag oscailt arís Dé Luain, 13/04/15. Bíodh Cáisc Shona agaibh ar fad!!


The school will close at 12 noon on Friday 27/03/15 for Easter. The school will re-open on Monday 13/04/15. We wish youall a peaceful and happy Easter!!!



Coiste na dTuistí - miontuairiscí

Parent’s Association - Minutes of March Meeting

Coiste / Parent’s Association

Present: Geraldine Sheeran Renate Kohlmann Ruairi O hAnnluain Helen McCarthy

Apologies: Janice O’Grady Olivia Dunne Fiona O’Flaherty
Damien Naughton Ger Coughlan

1. Update on PA Finances

February/March: We raised €276 from the Shamrocks and thanks to everyone who supported this fund-raiser. We spent €140 on supplies for our Pancake Day which was, as always, a lovely morning and enjoyed by the children and thanks to everyone who sent in pancakes and helped out on the morning.

2. Purchase of Land
There has been no update on this since the last meeting. We are still awaiting Letter of Offer from the Council.
A Suggestion Box for fund-raising ideas to develop the land has been placed inside the school entrance doors and if anyone has any suggestions, please drop a note into the box.

3. St Patrick’s Day Mass & Parade

Thank you to all the children who took part in the Mass and Parade and to the staff for all the preparation that went into both these events. It was a lovely Mass with wonderful singing, music and drama.
We won two prizes in the Parade. Best School Entry €150 and Best Over-all Entry in the Parade €300. The prize money will be spent on a fun event for all children in the school.

4. Internet Safety Talk

Helen Burke recently spoke to Rang 5 and Rang 6 about Internet Safety which they found very informative.
It was mentioned that every home should have their own Internet Safety Rules. Some suggestions are:
• Every family should have their own set of Internet Safety Rules and discuss them so everyone is aware that the purpose of the rules are for reasons of safety.
• Every family should consider what access their children have to the internet, what sites, apps, etc., they are allowed view/use.
• Have the internet accessible in family rooms only and not in bedrooms.
• Know how to check your child’s privacy settings (and your own).
It was suggested that we might put links to various sites with information on Internet Safety on the school website.
Geraldine had been speaking to John Wills from Barnardos and he is available to give a General Internet Safety talk to the older classes during the day and then to parents in the evening.
Suggested dates were a day/evening during the week May 25th to the 29th or June 2nd or 3rd.
Ruairi and Geraldine to firm up on exact date.
Instead of charging a set fee for providing a speaker, Barnardos request that we make a contribution to Barnardos and cover the speaker’s travel costs.
It was agreed that on the night of the talk, we would have a collection box where parents can make a small donation to Barnardos, if they wish.

5. Walk a Mile for the School

It was agreed that we would run this event again this year as it was enjoyed by all who came along last year. Suggested dates were Sunday May 10th or 17th if the running track was available. Renate to check availability.
Part of the funds raised from this event would go towards a donation to Barnados for providing a speaker for our Internet Safety evening.

6. Parking at School

Once again, we would remind everyone to take care when dropping and collecting children and to drive and park safely. Do not obstruct other cars. Remind children to use the pedestrian crossing when crossing the road.

7. Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 30th 2015. Agenda Items to be forwarded to Helen at the PA e-mail address ( at least a week prior to the meeting.




Lá ‘le Pádraig – St Patrick’s Day


Comhghairdeas do gach éinne a ghlac páirt in aifreann agus paráid Lá ‘le Pádraig.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who took part in our St. Patrick’s Day Mass and Parade.
Our mass was beautiful with our school band playing for 15 minutes before mass. Our choir sang beautifully and our children took part in every part of the mass.

Our parade was most colourful and happy – the children were fabulous! Our school won the prize for best school in the parade and also won the overall prize for best entry in the whole parade!! Maith sinn!!!


Kerry Polka



Coiste na dTuistí - miontuairiscí

Parent’s Association Minutes of February Meeting

Coiste / Parent’s Association


Geraldine Sheeran Damien Naughton Renate Kohlmann
Helen McCarthy Ruairi O hAnnluain Ger Coughlan
Olivia Dunne

Apologies: Janice O’Grady

1. Update on PA Finances

December was a busy month for fund-raising. Many thanks to everyone who helped out and supported the various events. The following amounts were raised:

>>>>>>>>Sale of Work: €1,528 (Organised by Rang 6)
>>>>>>>>Hamper Raffle €2,243
>>>>>>>>Christmas Cards: €366
>>>>>>>>TOTAL: €4,137

In addition, from the ‘Blue Coin” collection in TESCO before Christmas, the school received €405. Thanks to TESCO and to all who supported the school.

€5,500 was spent on a new reading scheme for the school. The new scheme will be of great benefit to the children and the books are already being read and enjoyed.

2. Purchase of Land

There has been no update on this since the last meeting. We are still awaiting Letter of Offer from the council.

3. Fundraising for Development of Land

A suggestion box will be put inside the school entrance doors and any parent who has any fundraising ideas can drop a note into the box. Ruairi to organise this.
It was suggested that arranging for the Army Band to perform at a concert could be a good fundraiser. Olivia to contact the Army Band and get an idea of their availability, etc.

4. Awards Ceremony Update

Ruairi had spoken to the teachers about the ceremony, the item was discussed at our meeting and the feeling of the meeting, after discussion, was that the Awards should continue in their present format. An extra award may be added to include The Arts. Criteria for the various awards will be discussed at a later meeting.

5. Shrove Tuesday- Pancake Day

It was agreed that this event would be run again this year. Helen to send around an e-mail and note asking parents to send in pancakes and for help on the morning. Ger Sheeran offered to shop for supplies.

6. Internet Safety Talk

It was agreed that we would organise a talk on Internet Safety for Parents and hopefully run this event before the end of the current school year.
Ger Sheeran, Renate & Ruairi to look into this and research various speakers and their availability and update the next meeting.

7. Parking at School

It was noted that parking at school had once again become an issue with several recent incidents of dangerous parking /driving at school drop-off and collection. Measures were agreed to address the issue.

In addition, Helen to draft letter to parents reminding everyone not to park in the yellow box outside the entrance to the staff car park, no double parking etc.

8. Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19th at 8.00pm.
Agenda Items to be forwarded to Helen at the PA e-mail address ( by Wednesday, March 11th.




Buíochas ó chroí do na tuistí ar fad a chabhraigh ar Máirt na bPancóga – Thanks to all who heiped on Pancake Tuesday!

Bhí an-lá ag na bpáistí!
The children had a very enjoyable day!
Buíochas ó chroí do gach éinne a rinne na pancóga!!
Thanks to all the many cooks who sent in pancakes – it couldn’t happen without your help!



Turas go Gearrbhaile agus Ardscoil Mhuire 20/01/15

Rang 6 visit Garbally College and Ardscoil Mhuire 20/01/15


Bhí Rang 6 ar thuras go dtí na meánscoileanna áitiúla Dé Máirt, 20/01/15. Bhuail siad le múinteoirí agus chonaic na scoileanna – bhí go leor imeachtaí agus lón curtha ar fáil dóibh.

On Tuesday, January 20th , the children from Rang 6 visited our local secondary schools. The boys visited Garbally College and the girls visited Ardscoil Mhuire. A wide range of activities was planned for the children by the schools. This gave the children something of a feel for what they can expect next year as they enter secondary school.

This has always been a very enjoyable and beneficial day for the children, and so it proved this year again.

The children will left school by bus at 9.20 a.m. and returned at about 2 p.m.

Information on enrolment has already been received by the pupils. For further information on registration please see the individual school’s website.





Scoil Dúnta Déardaoin, 15/01/15

School Closed, Thursday, 15/01/15

Tá an scoil dúnta inniu de bharr an droch aimsir atá geallta.

The school is closed today due to the promised dangerous weather conditions.
We apologise for inconvenience caused.





An Bunachar Sonraí ar Líne do Bhunscoileanna

Primary School Online Database (POD)

A Thuistí,

Tá an Bunachar Sonraí ar Líne do Bhunscoileanna (POD) á chur le chéile ag an Roinn Oideachais faoi láthair. Gheobhaidh sibh le seo litir ón Roinn agus Foirm Eolais agus ceada le líonadh.

Tá Deasc Chabhrach i bhfeidhm freisin – is féidir dul i dteagmháil leo ar or at (01) 8892311.

The Department of Education and Skills are currently putting together a database of all children in all schools in Ireland – this is called the Primary Online Database (POD).

Please find attached an information letter from the Department of Education outlining the uses, benefits data protection security. A Data Collection sheet and Consent form also accompanies this letter.

A POD Helpdesk is in place to answer any queries that parents have. The helpdesk can be contacted at or at (01) 8892311.

Le meas,


Ruairí Ó hAnnluain


Ranganna Fraincise 2015

Fraincis Naí Bheaga - Rang 2 - French Class for Rang Naí Bheaga - Rang 2


Classe de Francais recommencent a 'Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh' pour 6 semaines du 14 Janvier.

Beidh ranganna Fraincise ag tosu arís do Naíonáin go Rang 4 ag tosú 14 Eanair.

French Classes for children from Naíonáin Bheaga - Rang 4 will recommence on Wednesday, January 14th, for six weeks.

........Naíonáin Bheaga agus Mhóra .....1.40 i.n. - 2.25 i.n. (€25)

........Rang 1 go Rang 4 ......................2.35 i.n. - 3.15 i.n. (€20)



Coicís na n-Iarratas ....Application Fortnight

from 05/01/15 - 20/01/15

Tá Coicís na n-Iarratas ann anois, ón 5ú Eanáir. Glacfaidh an scoil le hiarratais do Naíonáin Bheaga 2015 ó 05/01/15 go dtí 20/01/14. Féach an polasaí Iontrála thíos.

School Enrolment Fortnight is being held from Monday 05/01/15 until 20/01/15.

Our school is accepting applications for enrolment to Junior Infants 2015 from 05/01/15 until 20/01/15.

Please see our enrolment policy here.




Scoil ag dúnadh ag 12

School closing 12 noon and Christmas News

Beidh an scoil ag dúnadh ag 12 nóin amárach don Nollaig (Dé hAoine 19/12/14).Beidh muid ag oscailt arís Dé Luain 05/01/15. Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir!

Our school closes at 12 noon tomorrow for Christmas (Friday, 19/12/14). We will re-open on Monday, 05/01/15. A very merry Christmas to you all!

Beidh an crannchur ar maidin ag a 9 a chlog. Beidh fáilte roimh gach duine!

Our Christmas Raffle takes place tomorrow at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome!

Buíochas do gach éinne a chabhraigh leis an Diolachán inné – thuill said @ 1,500 euro.

Thanks to everyone associated with the ‘Díolachán Nollag’ yesterday. About 1,500 euro was raised!





Comhghairdeas do na páistí ar fad a bhí ar an ardán!!

Congratulations to all of the children who performed their Christmas shows recently!!

Comhghairdeas do na páistí ar fad a bhí ar an ardán, bhí siad iontach as fad! Bhí seó ag Naíonáin Bheaga, Naíonáin Mhóra, Rang 1, Rang 2, Rang 3, Rang 4/5 agus sheinn ceolfhoireann na scoile. Buíochas do na múinteoirí a chuir an-chuid oibre isteach leo.

Congratulations to all of the children who performed their Christmas shows recently. Naíonáin Bheaga, Naíonáin Mhóra, Rang 1, Rang 2, Rang 3,Rang 4/5 and the school orchestra all performed for their families. Many thanks to the teachers who prepared the children so well and produced such enjoyable entertainment.



Díolachán na Nollag
Christmas Fair

Beidh Díolachán Nollag ann Dé Céadaoin, 17/12/14. Beidh sé a reáchtáil ag Rang 6 i mbliana mar is gnáth.

Bia, Bréagáin, deochanna, CDs, DVDs , a bheidh ann tá súil againn.

Beidh fáilte roimh gach chlann, comharsana, agus cairde na scoile teacht isteach. Rachaidh gach rang ar chuairt go dtí an halla i rith an lae chun cúpla euro a chaitheamh.

We will hold our Christmas Sale-of-Work on Wednesday 17/12/14 in the school hall. This year it will be run by Rang 6 as usual.

We ask all families to send in items for the sale. Cakes, Buns, Food, Toys, CDs, DVDs, anything that can be sold (Please don’t send in anything that is damaged or broken; please don’t send in books at this time as we are going to organise a special ‘Bring-a-Book and Take-a-Book’ swap day in the new year).

This has always been a most enjoyable activity and we look forward to a great day.

All families, neighbours and supporters are invited to come along. All classes will visit the sale during the day to spend a euro or two! Please support!

Ruairí, Nioclás agus Rang a Sé.


Coiste / Parent’s Association


Go raibh maith agat to everyone who has donated items for the hampers. It’s looking like we will have super hampers again this year.

We will be packing the hampers next Tuesday evening, so if anyone else would like to donate some goodies, please do before them, it would be much appreciated.
If anyone would like to help pack the hampers at 8.00pm next Tuesday evening (December 9th) at school, please e-mail Helen at so we can get an idea of what help we will have.

Thanks to everyone for selling lines, if anyone would like extra cards, please contact the office Cards to be returned to school by Wednesday, December 17th.
Coiste / Parent’s Association




Amanna do na Seóanna Nollaig

Times for our Christmas shows 2014

Dé Céadaoin 10/12/14 (Wednesday)

......................Tír na nÓg ......................11.00 a.m.

......................Rang 1 agus Rang 2 ........1.15 p.m.

......................(Note Rang 2 should be on stage at about 1.35 p.m.)


Déardaoin 11/12/14

......................Naíonáin Bheaga agus Náionáin Mhóra........12.15 p.m.

......................Ceolfhoireann Scoile (School Orchestra).......12.50 p.m.

......................Rang 4/5 agus Rang 3......................................1.00 p.m.

......................(Note Rang 3 should be on stage at about 1.35 p.m.)

The times for our Christmas performances are above.
Please note that due to lack of space in the hall, and consequent health and safety concerns, children from the different classes will not be allowed to attend the show on the day with their parents. All children will attend the performances over the coming days with their classes – no child will miss out on their brother’s or sister’s show!!

We look forward to a very enjoyable week.

Ruairí agus Foireann.





Cabhair ag teastáil amárach ar scoil 2.30 - 3 i.n.

Help needed in school tomorrow(Thursday27/11/14)) from 2.30-3 p.m.

Tá cabhair ag teastáil an scoil a ghlanadh amárach mar tá an glantóir tinn. Má tá cúpla nóimeád agat idir 2.30 – 3.00 i.n. labhair leis an oifig!!

We need some help tomorrow cleaning the school as our cleaner is ill. If you can help out please give a hand from 2.30 – 3.00 p.m. Contact the office to confirm.

Go raibh maith agaibh.


Coiste / Parent’s Association


Geraldine Sheeran Damien Naughton Renate Kohlmann
Helen McCarthy Ruairi O hAnnluain Fiona O’Flaherty

Olivia Dunne Janice O’Grady Ger Coughlan

1. Halloween Dress-up day – Photo Booth

Ruairi thanked Fiona for organising the photo booth. It added an extra fun element to the day, was enjoyed by the children and was something that we would do again.

2. Crannchur Nollag - Christmas Raffle

Ruairi proposed that funds raised from this year’s raffle would go towards the purchase of a new reading scheme for the school and this was agreed by all.
This year’s raffle cards will have 12 lines at €2 each or 3 lines for €5. Raffle will be held on last day of term and a note will be sent to parents asking for hamper items.
Helen to draft letter to go to parents early next week.
Ruairi to organise raffle cards.
Following on from a suggestion at the AGM, we will organise to pack the hampers some evening in the school.
Proposed date for hamper packing is Tuesday, December 9th at 8.00pm. Any parent who would like to help, come along on the evening.

3. Díolachán na Nollag - Christmas Sale of Work

This will be held on Wednesday, December 17th.
Fiona has offered to run Face-painting sessions at the sale of work and will organise a few other parents to help her.
Fiona to contact Múinteoir Nicholas to arrange. .

4. Christmas Concerts

The dates for the Christmas concerts for the various classes have been available on the school website for the last few weeks.

Ruairi to publish the times of the concerts on the website early next week.

5. School Website

It was noted that the school website is a good source of information about various events and happenings at school.

6. PA Finances

Ruairi presented a note on the PA finances to the meeting and explained in detail the balance on the account, funds raised and monies spent, etc. Darren Good, the school’s accountant, is currently preparing a set of accounts and once completed these will be presented to the Board of Management.

7. Rent of School Hall

While discussing the PA finances, Ruairi mentioned that the school are receiving approx. €400 per month from rent of the halla.
If any parent knows of any group that would like to rent the halla after school hours, subject to availability, they should contact Ruairi. Rental rates are from €25 - €35 per hour.

8. Purchase of Land

There has been no update on this since the last meeting. We are still awaiting Letter of Offer from the council. The wheels are moving slowly on this.
Fund-raising for the development of the land was discussed and it was again noted that we would have to organise a separate fund-raising committee.
It was agreed to put Fund-raising for land development on Agenda for the next meeting.
Any parent who has experience of fund-raising or has fund-raising ideas are invited to come along to the meeting.
Ruairi to put a suggestion box for fund-raising ideas inside main door.

9. Communications & Attendance at PA Meetings

It was noted that any parent who wished to attend the monthly PA meetings were welcome.
The meetings are structured with an Agenda circulated a week prior to each meeting. It is not within the remit of the PA to discuss school complaints or grievances.
The proposed dates for the meetings for the remainder of the school year are below. The meetings start at 8.00pm

.....................Thursday, 15th January
.....................Thursday, 19th February
.....................Thursday, 20th March
.....................Thursday, 30th April
.....................Thursday, 28th May

Agenda items should be e-mailed to the address below at least a week prior to the meeting as good practice suggests the Agenda be circulated a week in advance.

Minutes of PA Meetings will be published on the school website.

It was suggested that we create an e-mail address for the Parents Association to communicate with parents.
The e-mail address is

We have a list of contact details from the AGM of parents who indicated that they would be available to help out with various events, etc. It is proposed to e-mail these parents inviting them to attend the PA meetings. We will also e-mail this group if we are looking for help, event notices and so on.
Any parent who wasn’t at the AGM and would like to be included on this list, please e-mail Helen at the PA e-mail address.
(When we send group e-mails, your e-mail address will not be visible to others).
We will also put a note re. the dates of PA Meetings on the notice board indicating that all parents are welcome to attend PA meetings.

10. Provision of longer mats at Entrance Doors

It was suggested that the school purchase longer mats at the entrance door as the floors can become slippy on wet mornings.
Ruairi to organise this. He has sourced larger water catcher type mats at €150 each.

11. Rainy Morning Procedure

There was a suggestion that perhaps parents and children could wait in the halla on wet mornings.
Ruairi explained this wasn’t practical for insurance, supervision and safety reasons. The whole of the halla floor would get quite wet from entering straight from outside.
It was noted that on rainy mornings, once the school gates open, children who are dropped to the gates or arrive on busses can enter the school via the back door and line-up in the corridor.
On rainy mornings parents who accompany their children should wait in their cars until the school doors open at 8.47am or if walking, should plan to arrive for 8.47am.

12. School Swimming

There was a query how children were organised into the various groups.
The procedure is that the swimming instructors ask children to go to the groups they were in at the previous set of lessons. This was the most practical from a safety point of view. Afterwards, if the instructors felt a child was in the wrong group, they move them.
It was noted that if a parent felt their child would be better suited to a different level, they should arrange to come along on the first day of swimming or contact the swimming pool directly.

13. Date for Next Meeting

Thursday, January 15th 2015 at 8.00pm

Agenda Items to be forwarded to Helen at the PA e-mail address ( by Wednesday, January 7th.




Soilse Bhéal Átha na Slua 2014
Rang 2 ar an ardán!!!!!!!!

Turning on the Christmas Lights in Ballinasloe 2014

Ard moladh do na páistí ar fad a ghlac páirt – bhí said go hiontach ar an ardán!!!


A Thuistí,

Beidh 2 ag canadh agus ag damhsa ar an Gig-Rig Dé Sathairn 29/11/14.
Beidh siad ann mar chuid de cheiliúradh lasadh soilse na Nollag sa bhaile mór!

Rang 2 have been invited to perform on Saturday evening on the Gig Rig as part of our town’s celebration of turning on the Christmas lights!

A number of schools are due to take part – Newtown, Clontuskert, Scoil an Chroí Naofa, Creagh, Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh.

Ag súil le sibh a fheiscint Dé Sathairn.




Coiste / Parent’s Association

Crannchur na Nollag - Christmas Hamper Raffle

A Chairde,

We hope everyone is well and looking forward to the Christmas season.
It is time once again to organise our Christmas Hamper Raffle. This is usually our main fund-raiser of the year and last year’s raffle raised €2,400.

Funds raised from this year’s raffle will go towards the purchase of a new reading scheme for the school.

As usual, we are asking parents to donate something for the hampers and we would appreciate if each family could send in a tin of biscuits, sweets or chocolates, a bottle of cheer or other goodies.

Last year we received enough items to put together over 15 hampers and it would be great if we could do the same again. Please drop your hamper item(s) into the collection box inside the school entrance doors or to the office by Friday, 5th December.

Also, if anyone has any spare empty hampers, please drop them into the office.

Over the next few days we will be sending home a card of lines for each family to sell. There will be 12 lines on the card and each line will cost €2 or 3 lines for €5. If anyone would like extra cards, please contact the office. (As usual, we do not expect children to go door to door selling.) Raffle cards should be returned to the school by Wednesday, 17th December.

The raffle will take place in the halla on the last day of term (Friday, 19th December) and parents are welcome to attend. The seller of each winning line is given a selection box and there is always great excitement from the children and a great atmosphere in the halla.

Go raibh maith agat for your support

Parents Association Committee
(Coiste na dTuisti)





.Rang 1 ag imirt iomanaíochta

Rang 1 will be Hurling on Wednesdays

Beidh Rang 1 ag imirt iomanaiochta Dé Céadaoin go ceann píosa. Ba choir do na páistí camáin agus clogaid a thabhairt ar scoil más rud é go bhfuil said acu. Éadaí Spóirt le caiteamh gach Céadaoin as seo amach in ionad Dé Máirt.

Rang 1 will be Hurling on Wednesdays for a number of weeks. The children should bring their hurleys and helmets to school if they have them. Children who do not have equipment will be provided with it in school. Please remember New TRACKSUIT DAY is WEDNESDAY and not Tuesday.





Cruinnithe Tuismitheoir/Múinteoir

Mar is eol daoibh, bhí cruinnithe Tuismitheoir/Múinteoir ar siúl an tseachtain seo caite. Muna raibh chruinniú agatsa go fóill, téigh i dteagmháil leis an múinteoir/oifig faoi.

Beidh cruinnithe Rang 2 ann go luath.


Parent/Teacher Meetings

As you are aware, our Parent/Teacher Meetings were held (Nov. 10-14). If you haven't organised a meeting already, please contact the teacher/office to arrange a suitable meeting time.

Meetings for Rang 2 will be organised in the near future.










Samhain 2014

Road Safety Alert !
Fógra Sábháilteachta Bóithre

A Thusití, November is upon us with darker, colder and wetter mornings, more prevalent. Please, please, please take great care when arriving at school in the mornings and leaving in the afternoons. The importance of road safety cannot be stressed enough. Thank you for taking the time to read this alert.

1. NEVER allow your child to walk / run across the road.
2. TEACH your child to walk on the path to reach school, even when it is lashing raining or in a hurry.
3. RESPECT other drivers and always practice COURTESY.
4. DO NOT park on the turnaround point.
5. Always STOP at the Pedestrian Crossing, ANTICIPATE a child crossing.
6. DO NOT park cars in the Bus Parking spaces during set times, even if bus driver has advised you can, this is not safe.
7. BE ALERT to small children hard to see when driving.
8. DO DRIVE the CORRECT WAY around the Roundabout.
Go raibh mile maith agat !


Coiste na dTuistí


Nuachtlitir 04/11/14

Tá an téarma tosaithe agus gach duine ag obair go dian!
Déan nóta de na pointí thíos:

The term has begun and we are all back working hard!
Please note the important information below:

Gaeilge sa Scoil: Bí cinnte go n-úsáideann tú Gaeilge chomh minic agus is féidir le do pháistí. Má fheiceann siad go bhfuil ard-mheas agat ar an nGaeilge cabhróidh sé an Ghaeilge a úsáid agus a fhoghlaim ar scoil.

Irish at School – Parents please make sure and use what Irish you have as often as possible with your children. It is vitally important that you speak Irish when in or around the school. This will help your child see the respect that you have for our language and that you don’t see Irish as “Just a school thing”

Cruinnithe Tuismitheoir/Múinteoir: Mar is gnáth beidh na cruinnithe Tuismitheoir/Múinteoir ar siúl an tseachtain seo chugainn. Beidh an múinteoir i dteagmháil leat faoin am.

Parent/Teacher Meetings – As usual our Parent/Teacher Meetings will take place next week (Nov. 10-14). The class teacher will be in contact with you about your meeting time or you can contact the school office to arrange a suitable time.


Dramaí ag teacht an téarma seo

Dátaí do na Seóanna Nollaig – Dates for our Christmas plays 10/12/14 agus 11/12/14

Beidh go leor ranganna ag cur dramaí ar an ardán roimh Nollaig: Beidh seó ag Tír na nÓg, Rang 1 agus Rang 2 Dé Céadaoin 10/12/14 agus beidh Seó ag an Naíonáin Bheaga agus Náionáin Mhóra, Rang 3 agus Rang 4/5 Déardaoin, 11/12/14.

Dramas this term: Many of our classes will be staging class dramas before christmas: Tír na nÓg, Rang 1 agus Rang 2 will perform on Wednesday10/12/14 and Naíonáin Bheaga , Náionáin Mhóra, Rang 3 and Rang 4/5 will perform on Thursday, 11/12/14.

Diolachán na Nollag: Beidh Díolachán na Nollag ar siúl mar is gnáth an tseachtain roimh Nollaig.

Díolachán na Nollag (Christmas sale-of-work) will take place as usual in the week before christmas.

Fraincís ag tosú arís 12/11/14. Snámh Rang 2/3/6 ag tosú Dé hAoine 07/11/14.
French recommences 12/11/14. Swimming Rang 2/3/6 begins Friday, 07/11/14

Banc na Scoile gach Déardaoin! School Bank open every Thursday!

Ciorcal Comhrá: Bíonn Ciorcal comhrá gach Tráthnóna Dé Luain ag 7.30 i.n. agus gach Déardaoin ag 11 r.n. in Óstán Uí Ghullane. Fáilte roimh chách.

Irish Speaking Circle: A Ciorcal Comhrá takes place each Monday evening at 7.30 p.m. and Thursday Morning at 11 a.m. in Gullane’s Hotel. Everybody is welcome to attend.

A Bheith in Am: Tá sé an tábhachtach go bhfuil na páistí ar scoil in am gach lá, cuireann sé isteach ar na múinteoirí agus na páistí eile sa rang nuair a thagann daoine déanach. Mar is eol daoibh bíonn gach doras sa scoil seachas an príomh doras faoi ghlas tar-éis am oscailte.

Punctuality: It is very important that your child is at school on time, late-comers disrupt classes on the other children, and this is unfair! For reasons of security all doors except the main office door will be locked just after school starting time each morning.

Airgead Scoile: Más rud é nach bhfuil na costais scoile éalaine/ceardaíochta/cóipeáil /text/7rl íochta agat bheimíd buíoch é a fháil chomh luath agus is féidir. Tá gach airgead ag teastáil uainn chun an scoil a rith de bhur bpáistí. Déan cinnte go bhfuil an síntiúis scoile san áireamh.

Art and Crafts/School Contribution: Anyone who has still has not paid school expenses (Art/Craft/Photocopying/text/etc) are asked to do so as soon as possible. Every penny collected is used for the good of all of our children. Please make sure and contribute to the voluntary contribution also.

Please encourage your child to tell the teacher when something happens that makes them uncomfortable. Problems only arise when we don’t find out about incidents. If you as a parent know that your child is unhappy about something, please inform us straight away and we will do all in our power to rectify the situation. Please don’t have long meetings at the front gate or telephone conversations for the evening – come in and chat about it – anything else doesn’t help the situation, is negative and unhealthy and leads to an unhappy school!

Tá scoil an-sona againn – go mairfidh sí mar sin!

We have a very happy school – let’s keep it that way!


Ruairí Ó hAnnluain


......Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh!

Happy Halloween to all!!

Beidh an scoil ag dúnadh Dé hAoine, 25/10/14 don Samhain.
Tá súil againn go mbeidh briseadh deas sábháilte agaibh ar fad.
Beidh an scoil ag oscailt arís Dé Luain, 03/11/14.

The school will close for the Halloween mid-term on Friday, 25/10/14.
We hope that everyone has a happy and safe break!
The school will re-open on Monday 03/11/14.





Coiste na dTuistí/ Parent’s Association


Damien Naughton, Janice O’Grady, Ger Coughlan, Geraldine Sheran,
Ruairi O hAnnluain, Helen McCarthy, Fiona O’Flaherty, Renate Kohlmann

Apologies: Olivia Dunne

1. Halloween Events
Fiona volunteered to set up a Photo Booth on Halloween Dress-up Day (October 24th) as part of the festivities at school . Classes from Rang2 to Rang 6 would come to the Halla in groups.
It was proposed to run this from approx. 12.30pm. Photos would be printed out and displayed and would be on hard-disk if anyone wanted a copy.

Any parent available to help Fiona, come along at 12.30pm.

2. Rang 6 - Christmas Sale of Work

Ruairí mentioned this would be around the 14th/15th December (to be confirmed). Fiona said she hoped to be able to make up some Christmas Wreaths which Rang 6 could include in the sale.

3. Feedback from AGM & Cinema Night

There was a very good turn-out at the AGM and Renate had a list of name and contact details of people who indicated they would be available to help out at events, etc.

• Renate to send the list to Helen who will put it on a spreadsheet.

The cinema aspect of the evening was a great success and was eagerly looked forward to by the children. Ruairí noted that some of the children in the Junior Infant room found the evening too long and maybe next time we would have shorter movies or perhaps a Magician to provide entertainment also. It was also noted that a Cinema Night was best held as an annual event.

4. Election of Chairperson, Secretary & Treasury
Damien Naughton was elected Treasurer.
Ger Coughlan was elected Secretary.
Geraldine Sheran was elected Chairperson and indicated that she would accept the position until Christmas and review then.
Helen McCarty was elected Recorder of Minutes & Correspondence.

5. Finances
There was a discussion re. Finances.
Ruairi indicated the school had three Credit Union accounts:
.........Account for Voluntary Contribution & Fees.
.........Account for the Board of Management.
.........Account for the Parents Association.

All accounts, including the school’s current account, go through the school accountant, Darren Goode, who prepares the school accounts and attends a board meeting each year to discuss any queries that the board may have regarding the school accounts.

• Ruairí to update the next meeting on which account monies from our fundraising over the last few years are held and the balance on the account.

• Ruairi to confirm if the money from the Fun Walk went towards payment of the Line Markings.
• Damien, as Treasurer, will report on the Parent Association’s Finances at each PA Meeting – monies raised, expenses, intended use of monies etc.
Ruairi mentioned that the new fence was paid for from a grant the school received in the past (This grant has been abolished! It was reinstated last year for one year, we hope that the Minor Works Grant will be fully reinstated in the future.)

6. School Website
It was suggested that the PA have a page on the school website. Ruairi advised that a new school website is in progress and we would have a page on the new site. Helen volunteered to keep the PA page updated.

7. Tesco Fundraiser

• Ruairi to send note advising parents of this fund-raiser.

8. Update on Land

We are still awaiting Letter of Offer from the Council.
A Development Group was put in place (volunteers who attended the AGM) and they had a preliminary meeting where a range of ideas were discussed. The group needs to have another meeting to move the project forward.
• Ger Coughlan and Ruairi would report back to the next PA meeting on this.
It was suggested that there would need to be a sub-group formed to look after the area of fundraising and grants available. Funding would mainly need to come from grants if at all possible.

9. Punctuality
A concern was raised about punctuality and the locking of the door at 9.00am sharp.
Ruairi advised that there was an improvement on punctuality in general and it wasn’t a concern of staff at this time.
• Ruairi to consider the practicality of locking the door at 8.55am.

10. Parking Issues

• Renate to send a reminder letter to parents about safety/parking at school.

11. Review of Awards Ceremony
Concerns were expressed about the awards ceremony and some felt it may not promote inclusivity. Some felt that instead of being a cause for celebration, it may in fact leave some parents and children demoralised. Some saw the merit in both arguments..
It was suggested that there should be a review of the ceremony and see if there could be a way to celebrate the strengths of all the children.
Another suggestion was perhaps the awards could be opened up to include Music/Culture, Social Inclusion, Civil Works and Arts.
• Ruairi to discuss with Staff and Board and update the next meeting on their views.

12. December Events – to be discussed at November Meeting.

13. Date for November Meeting




Má bhíonn tú i TESCO ná dean dearmad vótáil

Vote if you're in TESCO

A Thuistí, if you happen to be in TESCO remember to take a blue token and cast a vote as we are one of 3 schools to benefit from their Community Fund this term.

The schools to benefit this term are Attyrory N.S., Scoil an Chroí Naofa(Ballinasloe N.S.) and Ourselves.


Proms i Leisureland 17/10/14

Bhí an-am againn ag na ‘Proms’ Dé hAoine seo caite. Bhí na céadta páiste ar an ardán ag an am céanna ag canadh le ceolfhoireann 100 píosa! Chan gach duine amach agus bhí sé soiléir go raibh gach duine ag baint an-taitneamh as. Bhí sé iontach go raibh slua chomh mór tuistí ansin le bheith páirteach san ócáid. Buíochas don fhoireann a d’oibrigh chomh-dian leis na páistí agus a bhí ar an ardán ar an oíche. Beimid ag súil leis an gcéad uair eile!

A wonderful even was had by all at our school Peace Proms performance on Friday, 17/10/14. Our children sang in a choir of thousands accompanied by a 100 piece symphony orchestra! All the children sang out beautifully and it was obvious that everyone was enjoying themselves. It was wonderful that such a large group of our parents were able to be present on the night to celebrate the occasion. Many thanks to the staff who prepared the children for the event and sat with them during the concert. We are looking forward already to our next trip to the Proms!!



Peace Proms 2014

A thuistí,

Beidh cead na páistí a bhailliú luath ón scoil amárach de bharr an turas go dtí na ‘Peace Proms 2014’.
Is féidir iad a bhailliú ó 12 a chlog ar aghaidh.

Caithfidh na páistí a bheith ar ais ag an scoil ag 4.15 i.n.

Lón i mála!!
Gach eolas eile anseo.

As we are going to have a very long day tomorrow, parents will be allowed to collect their children early from school starting at 12 noon.

Classes will continue as normal for children who do not wish to go home early.

All children from Rang 3 – Rang 6 must be at the school at 4.15 p.m. tomorrow as the bus will be leaving exactly at half past four.

Please remember to bring a disposable lunch as all material has to be recycled/binned before the performance.

We look forward to a very enjoyable evening.

Please see all other information HERE.





.Grianghrafanna Scoile 16/10/14

School Photographs


Bhí 'County Photos' anseo inniu, Déardaoin, 16/10/14. .

County Photos were in school on Thursday, 16/10/14.


Remember there is no pressure to buy - this is not a money making activity for the school - it is a service offered!




Coláiste an Eachréidh

Secondary Gaelscoil in Athenry

Open Night / Oíche Eolais 20/10/14

Tugtar cuireadh do ghasúir i Rang 5/6 agus dá dtuismitheoirí chuig Oíche Eolais agus Clárúcháin ar an Luain an 20ú Deireadh Fómhair 2014 ag 7.30in.

Sixth class students and their parents are invited to attend an Open and Registration Night at Coláiste an Eachréidh on Monday 20th October at 7.30pm.

Established in 2006, Coláiste an Eachréidh affords students, from East, South and North County Galway, access to the high standards of education provided by Gaelscolaíocht:-

Ranganna beaga /Small class grouping
Leabhar Líonra / Tablets –leading edge technologies
Buntáistí an Dátheangachais / Benefits of bilingualism
Réimse iomlán ábhair /Wide range of subjects to Leaving Certificate level
Réimse imeachtaí breise /Variety of extra-curricular activities
Scoil chairdiúil /Friendly and caring atmosphere
Áiseanna den scoth / Excellent facilities and teaching aids

Coláiste an Eachréidh, an All-Irish post-primary school, offers a fresh, progressive and dynamic approach to second level education. New Bus services from Tuam, Loughrea and Oranmore (serving Kilcolgan, Clarinbridge and Craughwell). Bígí linn.

091-874590 / 874589 Ríomhphoist:

Download the brochure.




Peace Proms 2014

A Thuistí,

Mar is eol daoibh beidh Rang 3 go dtí Rang 6 ag glacadh páirt sna ‘Peace Proms’ i nGaillimh Dé hAoine seo chugainn. Tá roinnt pointí tábachtacha thíos faoin turas:

As you are aware all boys and girls from Rang 3 to Rang 6 will be taking part in the ‘Peace Proms’ Festival that is taking place in Leisureland next weekend. Your child will sing in a choir of hundreds accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, conducted by the internationally renowned Gearóid Grant.


Our concert will take place on Friday, 17/10/14.

Concert start time 8 p.m. (A practice will take place from 6 p.m.)
Bus will leave for Galway at 4.30 p.m.
Bus will return from Galway @ 10.30 p.m.
Bus will arrive back at school @ 11.30 p.m.

If your child is going to travel home with you from the concert in your car, this must confirmed to the school in writing by Thursday, 16/10/14.

Clothes to be worn: White t-shirt or shirt with a dark trousers/ skirt (uniform trousers/skirt will be fine!)

Lunch – Enough lunch to be taken for the evening. No lunch boxes or re-usable lunch bottles! Take lunch in disposable bag as all waste must be binned on the night!

We look forward to a most enjoyable evening.


Le meas,


Ruairí Ó hAnnluain

For ticketing and other information.Please see






Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh

It was great to see so many parents attend the A.G.M. / Movie Night on Friday 26th September!

Thank you all for coming out that evening. We hope you found it informative and that you got the sense of community that we are all just trying to spend some of our time to work for the benefit of the children and for the school.

A very special Thank You to the Teachers and Gearoidín, who supervised the children for the 3 different movies - without their support we could not have pulled off this event. The children really enjoyed their evening and there was a lot of excitement in the build up to it.

For those who could not attend, here is a brief summary of the evening:

The meeting started with welcome from Ruairí Ó hAnnluain, who then handed over to a Geraldine Uí Shíoráin who gave a personal account of what it was like as a new parent, joining the school mid-stream, with two boys settling into the school and why she decided to become involved in the Coiste. Geraldine was acting Chairperson for the evening and she then handed over to the outgoing Secretary, Renate Kohlmann, for a report on the last 12 months.

The key points of the report were:

1. Thank you
....Thank you for coming here this evening and thank you to anyone who helped out in any way with the of the PA over the last year. It really means a lot to get involved and to give of some of your ....precious time.

2. Last year’s Committee
....This year on the committee were Helen McCarthy, Billy Dempsey, Olivia Dunne, Mags Connerty, ....Geraldine Uí Shíoráin, Bernadette Reynolds, Janice O’Grady, Ruairí O’hAnnluain, Renate Kohlmann.

3. New to the Committee
....It was very encouraging to welcome new parents to the meetings (and indeed to see two new parents ....join this month – Damien Naughton and Ger Coughlan). Demands on time are very big for everyone and so there is an understandable reluctance on people to commit to specific jobs, however, many ....people have said they would love to help out where they can. The time that our children are in school is ....very short, and getting involved in any way, not matter how small or big, can be very rewarding when see the difference that it can make.

4. Meetings
....We met once a month, our first meeting in September and last meeting first week of July, and discussed ....many topics primarily about fund raising for the school to enhance the school experience for all our ....children.

5. Communication
Last year in an effort to make people aware of what was ongoing, all dates of meetings and copies of all the newsletters were posted on the school website. All newsletters were also printed and handed to each child. The notice board in the corridor was set up which can definitely be better used this year.
Despite this, we know that not everyone gets all the messages or do not feel they are a part of the workings of the PA. This is something that we do need to work on and perhaps a few evenings like this, where parents can come and also bring children, is something that could be repeated and give a better way to gain more participation. We would welcome your thoughts on this idea later.

6. Past Events
In November last year there was a lovely celebration for Carmel to which some parents went along, it was a lovely low key event which was enjoyed by all.

During November we started selling the tickets again for the Christmas hampers. Parents were very generous and donated gifts for the hampers which Helen and Linda very kindly took time out to prepare and wrap.

Christmas cards were drawn by the children and that activity seemed to be well received.
The older children took care of the Diolachan na Nollag, and although not a PA event, we were happy to support as much as possible.

We had discussed a proposed children’s art exhibition, whereby the child’s picture is framed and mounted then displayed and sold off. We all agreed it was a good idea, and the idea was to combine it with grandparent’s day. While it did not come off this year, it is one for future consideration.

A number of other ideas never made it out of the stable, but are potential future ideas (i.e. car wash, scrap metal collection, bag packing, table quiz, beetle drive).

In March we ran the Pancake Tuesday and thanks again to everyone who either brought along pancakes, home cooked or shop bought ! and especially to parents who helped on the day. It can be quite a bit of work associated with serving them to over 240 children, so many hands really do help on the day.

The Walk-a-Mile was held on Sunday 15th June, a simple idea that proved to be great fun. It was a lovely family atmosphere and we were very fortunate with the weather.

We organised the Rang 6 graduation, which is always a very moving and happy occasion at the same time.

Cosite also arranged the line markings on the playground, which are enjoyed by the children.

7. Aims of the Parents Association

This is defined by the Education Act 1998 as being – to promote the interests of the students in cooperation with the board, the principal, teachers and students, and for that purpose may advise the Principal or board on any matter relating to the school and they shall have regard to any such advice, adopt programme of activities to promote involvement of parents in consultation with the Principal, in the operation of the school. It is open to all parents.

It is not within the remit of the PA to deal with complaints of any description. Complaints process is outlined separately in the school’s complaints procedure policy.

8. Road Safety
Time was also spent discussing the safety of our children particularly where they are dropped off and collected from school and a number of reminders issued to parents. This theme has been constant over the last number or years. A number of very serious near misses have been seen and an accident here does not bear thinking about.

9. Campaign to secure the land outside the school

We first set out on this campaign back in October 2012 when the PA wrote to each and every councillor on BTC, the major and, including the Town Engineer, Kevin Kelly and the Town Clerk, Catriona Morgan.
The letter addressed the situation that we had at that time, i.e. there were no road markings, no signs, no safe pathway all the way to the school, insufficient space for parking, limited space for turning etc.
We requested a number of items to improve the area and requested that the land be considered to be transitioned over to the school. Arising from this letter, we were invited to a meeting in the Civic Offices to view a copy of the plan.

We were told there was no way that we would get the land, unless, at the final end, that we came into money. They presented a plan to us which addressed some of the issues.
After consultation with the PA, in a further letter in March, we requested some changes be made, and in the firm understanding that there was nothing else on the table, we agreed to go ahead.
Over the summer the road works were completed which were an improvement on what we had, but not a comprehensive solution.

Knowing that the Council was disbanding and that there was possibility of access to funds, we once again wrote in February 2014, respectfully requesting gifting all or some of the land, for both parking and for a facility to be developed over time.

We again were invited for a meeting and this led to a joint proposal between the PA and the Board of Management being submitted.

Proposal Summary:

Joint proposal from the Parent’s Association and the School Board of Management in relation to the unused land in front of the school.

Focussed on two primary outcomes:

1. To comprehensively address the health and safety issues outside the school in relation to the traffic flow, parking and drop off point issues.

2. To provide for a sports playing field for the children.

The issues around health and safety have been raised on a number of occasions with the Council. Over time, these issues become exacerbated, due to the growth in the school going population in the area.

Proposal Description:

A draft map has been submitted to demonstrate how the land could be used. There are 3 main elements to the plan:

1. Central to the plan is a playing field for the children to use to develop sporting activities,
2. A safe footpath so that no child would need to cross a road to gain access to the school,
3. Parking facility so that there are sufficient spaces for parking and set down.

Our proposal is for the Council to transfer this land to the school for its use over time for the children and future generations.

A great deal of work was done behind the scenes, and each and every councillor was personally called, written to and discussions had to explain the situation to them.

After much work we learned last week that our proposal was agreed at Galway Council Meeting and that an acceptance letter to our offer, is on the way to us. This is more than we could imagine and we are truly grateful to all the councillors and all the hard work that has gone in from parents attending meetings, writing letters and lobbying and making known exactly what the issues are to all councillors and finally to the councillors themselves for pushing it through.

A development group was set up that evening to work together with the Principal and the Board in designing and then seeking sponsorship and fundraising to develop the land into adequate, safe car-parking, drop off points and initially provide a playing field for our children. If you would like to get involved with this then let us know.

Huge thanks go to everyone involved to get us to this point in the history of the school !

Financial Report

Took in over the school year Sept 2013 to June 2014
Christmas Hampers €2,421.60
Christmas Cards €408
Shamrocks €524
Walk a Mile €877.51

Present in the PA fundraising account prior to the walk a mile €9,974.23

Items bought:
150 Numicon
170 crann nollaig maisiuchan
150 sticks and stone
Line markings on the playground €1,191.75

Events 2014 - 2015

In the final meeting the events for the coming year were mapped out. That is not to say they are cast in stone or can’t be added to, but the thought was not to try to do too much, so that it is achievable and successful.
November - Hallowe’en Dress up Friday 24th October 2014
December – Christmas Raffle
March – Pancake Day
March – Table Quiz in Week of Gaeilge na Seachtain
Early June – Fun Walk (Walk a Mile)
Late June – Parents / Children / Teachers match

If anyone would like to get involved or join the committee you are more than welcome.
Next Meeting is Thursday 16th October at 8pm.

Many people on the evening told us they would love to get involved put do to circumstances they cannot attend all committee meetings, but they would be only too delighted to help out on events during the year if asked. We have all the names of attendees on the night and we will contact you soon. If anyone else would like to help out or get involved with the Coiste, please contact:

Ger Coughlan, Olivia Dunne, Janice O’Grady (087-296 0051), Geraldine Shearan (083-418 5905 / 086-804 1175), Helen McCarthy (087-696 4539), Renate Kohlmann (087-968 5455), Damien Naughton, Ruairí Ó hAnnluain

Thank you for reading.
Go raibh mile maith agaibh,


Coiste na dTuistí/Parent’s Association 09/10/14


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Camógaíocht - Bua iontach ag na cailíní!!!!!

Camogie - Fantastic win for the girls!!!!!


Bhí an-lá ag foireann camógaíochta na scoile Dé hAoine seo caite nuair a bhuaigh siad craobh aitiúil 'INTO Mini-7s'. Beidh siad ag dul ar aghaidh go craobh an chondae Dé Máirt 14/10/14.


Congratulations to our school camogie team who won the local final of the 'INTO Mini-7s' on Friday last. they will be going forward to the county final on Tuesday October 14th.


Training will continue in Ardsoil Mhuire on Friday evening from 4.30-5.30 p.m.


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Rás Trasna Tíre 2014

Schools Cross-Country 2014 - Renmore 23/09/14


Beidh rás trasna-tíre ann amárach i nGaillimh, tá do pháiste ar an bhfoireann. Beidh muid ag fágáil na scoile ag 10.45 r.n. ar maidin agus ag filleadh ar an scoil timpeall 3 i.n

The Galway schools cross-country meet takes place tomorrow in Renmore at 12.30 p.m. The races are 800 metres and 1000 metres in length. We will leave school at 10.45 a.m. and return at about 3 p.m.

Please ensure that your child has an extra set of clothes, socks and shoes, a rain jacket, and a good lunch.

School tracksuits to be worn.

We look forward to a good day out!

Le meas,



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18/09/14 AGM Coiste na dTuistí
Parents’ Association AGM

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Coiste na dTuistí will take place on Friday Evening 26/09/14 at 6.30 p.m. in the school hall.

You are a member of the parents’ Association of this school because you are a parent of this school.
The parents’ Association exists to support the school!

In the last 18 months our Parents’ Association has:
........- beautifully decorated our school yard
........- Improved our roundabout and parking
........- Have almost secured a playing pitch for the school and extra parking (Fingers crossed – Co.Co. ..........meeting next week!!!)
........- Baked and served a million pancakes
........- Collected, packaged and sold our Christmas Hampers
........- Supported our Halloween Dress-up
........- Helped with Christmas cards and Shamrocks
........- Organised and ‘Walked-A-Mile’ for the school
........- Helped out at all of our open days
........- Worked in library and with our book rental scheme
........- Organised our sixth Class Graduation ceremonies
........- Raised badly needed funds for our school

You have helped out already with many of these activities, please get more involved if you can! Your children are only here for a very short time, be as big a part of it as possible!!!

We need new blood to give a hand during the year, especially families who are new to the school.

Movie Night

Please come to our AGM/Movie Night, 6.30 p.m. on Friday 26/09/14

To help families be able to attend our AGM this year, a Movie Night is being organised for the children, which will be run by teachers from our school while the AGM takes place!
........We plan to have 3 cinemas with suitable movies for:

........- Children from Rang 3-6
........- Children from Naíonáin Bheaga to Rang 2
........- Children of Naíonra age (Movie in Naíonra)

In this way we are trying to take the baby-sitting problem which we all face out of the equation! This will hopefully free you up to attend!

It will be a lovely occasion for the children, we might even stretch to a bit of popcorn and a drink!!
All of the Association’s activities for the coming year are already mapped out, we will be repeating most of the activities that we had last year!

........We are not trying to give you a job!

........We are not trying to make your life any busier than it is!

........We want everyone to understand that the Association is of parents and for parents who want to the school for the sake of their children!!!!!!!

Every association forms a committee, to work on behalf of that organisation, because all members can’t attend all meetings (We have over 300 parents in our school!)

We hope to form a new committee during or shortly after our AGM. It would be great if we had a good mix of parents from all classes on the committee!!!!!

Please come to our AGM/Movie Night, 6.30 p.m. on Friday 26/09/14

Coiste na dTuistí

Please come to our AGM/Movie Night, 6.30 p.m. on Friday 26/09/14
Coiste na dTuistí..




Céad Chomaoineach - First Holy Communion .


Beidh an Chéad Chomaoineach ann 25/04/14.

The First Holy Communion Ceremony will take place on Saturday 25/04/14.


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Oíche Churaclam
Curriculum Night

Beidh an Oíche Churaclam ann Dé Céadaoin, ar 7.00 i.n. Buailfimid ar fad le chéile sa halla ar feadh tamaillín agus ansin tosóidh na cruinnithe ranga. Beidh caint beag againn faoi bhia slaintiúil agus lóin ag an tús.

Our Curriculum Night will be held on Wednesday evening next, 17/09/014, at 7.00 p.m. We will gather in the hall at 7.00 p.m. Issues common to all classes will be discussed for a few minutes along with short input on healthy eating and Healthy Lunches, after which the individual class meetings will begin. The teachers will be available in their rooms, to answer your questions, until 9 p.m.

This night is provided so that we can help you help us ensure that your child has the best possible year in school. It is vital that at least one parent/guardian from each household attends.





Peace Proms!!

Beimid ag canadh - We will all be singing!!

Peace Proms Link ...............Peace Proms Information 2014


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Córas Taisce Scoile
School Savings Scheme

Tá sé i gceist ag Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh, i dteannta le Comhar Chumann Creidmheasa Bhéal Átha na Slua, leanúint ar aghaidh lenár gCóras Taisce scoile do pháistí agus tuismitheoirí. Beidh sé ag tosú Déardaoin 11/09/14.

Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh, in conjunction with Ballinasloe Credit Union, is continuing with our School Savings scheme to encourage saving among young children. Any parent or child who would like to, will be able to save money each Thursday in Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh by lodging money directly to their accounts in Ballinasloe Credit Union or by buying and collecting Sammy Stamps.

Banc na Scoile will resume on Thursday, 11/09/14.

If you would like to lodge money directly into your Ballinasloe Credit Union account (withdrawals will take place in Credit Union office, in the usual manner) please bring your child’s credit union membership number along with you.

This initiative will help our children to save regularly, a good habit to have! The scheme was well supported in past years and highly praised by all who took part.

Bí linn ar an Déardaoin agus beimid ag sábháil le chéile!
Be with us on Thursday, if you wish, and we can start saving together!


Damhsa Gaeilge

Irish dancing classes resuming 09/09/14

Irish Dancing classes will resume in the Gaelscoil on Tuesday 9th September at 2.30 pm. New Pupils are welcome.
For further information, please contact Gráinne at 086-3567091

Mise le Meas,

Gráinne Mullan T.C.R.G (Phelan-Mullan School)


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Sean-Nós Dancing Ranganna gach Máirt sa chlub

Classes each Tuesday evening in the clubhouse.


Dear Parents,
Due to work commitments, I will be unable to continue to give Sean Nós dancing classes on a Friday afternoon in the Gaelscoil. However, if your child participated in the classes and wishes to continue, they are welcome to join our dancing club.

Weekly classes take place in the Ballinasloe GAA Clubhouse at the back of Supervalue on Tuesday evenings from 7.00 to 8.00 (for Gaeilscoil children in 2nd class to 6th class) and from 6.00 – 7.00 for Gaelscoil children in Senior Infants and 1st class.

We run the classes over 8 week terms and the first term runs from September 2nd to October 21st inclusive. The cost for the eight weeks is €50 per child or €90 for 2 children.

If you have any questions please give me a call on 087 9007036 after 5.00 p.m.


Go raibh maith agaibh,


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Ranganna Fraincise 2014

Fraincis Naí Bheaga - Rang 2 - French Class for Rang Naí Bheaga - Rang 2


Classe de Francais commencent a 'Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh' pour 6 semaines du 17 Septembre.

Beidh ranganna Fraincise ann do naíonáin go Rang 4 ag tosú 17 Meán Fómhair.

French Classes for children from Naíonáin Bheaga - Rang 4 will recommence on Wednesday, September 17th, for six weeks.

........Naíonáin Bheaga agus Mhóra .....1.40 i.n. - 2.25 i.n. (€25)

........Rang 1 go Rang 4 ......................2.35 i.n. - 3.15 i.n. (€20)





Rang 4/5/6 - Leabhair ar chíos - Book Rental 2014/15

Children availing of rental books should bring the rental fee to school on Sept 1st. Books will be distributed early next week to those involved. As usual books lost or damaged (beyond normal wear and tear) will have to be paid for.

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Siúlóid Scoile 15/05/14 - Walk a Mile for the school 15/06/14

Buíochas libh!

Bhí an-lá ar fad againn inné agus muid ag siúl ar son na scoile! D'eagraigh Coiste na dTuistí gach rud!

Táimid ag súil lené a dhéanamh arís an chéad bhliain eile!

We had a most enjoyable day yesterday at the Ballinasloe Community Running Track.

Coiste na dTuistí organised a very well supported sponsored walk to raise funds for our school yard!

We look forward to repeating the event next year and maybe getting out the barbeque and coffee makers!!!!!



If you still have a sponsorship card at home please send it in as soon as possible.




Eolas Scoile – School Information

A Thuistí,

1. Faigh anseo ceistneoir scoile le líonadh a chabhróidh linn agus muid ag déanamh ár gcuid pleanála amach anseo.

As part of our School Self-Evaluation procedure, we are sending out a questionnaire for parents. Please complete it and return it to school as soon as possible. Your feedback will help us in our planning for the future.

2. Múinteoirí Ranga 2014/15 Class Teachers 2014/15

..............Naíonáin Bheaga - Múinteoir Gráinne
..............Naíonáin Mhóra - Múinteoir Síle
..............Rang 1 -Múinteoir Eoin
..............Rang 2 - Múinteoir Anna
..............Rang 3 - Múinteoir Síobhán
..............Rang 4/5 - Múinteoir Fíona
..............Rang 6 - Múinteoir Nicolas

..............Tacaíocht – Múinteoir Áine Máire (Learning-support)
..............Acmhainn – Múinteoir Aisling (Resource)


3. Tuairiscí ScoileSchool Reports - Beidh na tuairiscí scoile ar fáil i gceann seachtaine.

The children’s school reports will be available at the beginning of next week.


4. Beidh an scoil ag dúnadh 27/06/14 don samhradh

Our school will close at noon on 27/06/14 for the summer holidays.

Le meas,

Ruairí Ó hAnnluain.




Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh

June 3rd 2104

Dia dhaoibh a Chairde!

We hope everyone is well and looking forward to the school holidays.
The Parents Association have had a busy year.

- The Christmas Hamper Raffle was our main fundraiser along with Selling Shamrock for St Patrick’s Day. Our Annual Pancake Day was greatly enjoyed by all the children. We had a very enjoyable Grandparents Day. We continue to run the Book Rental Scheme. A lot of time was spent on the potential purchase of the land adjacent to the school (see below).
- We are hoping to organise a Fun Walk before the school holidays and details will be sent out shortly.

The Parents Association committee met several times during the year and we would like to thank all parents for their help and support.

We would encourage more parents to get actively involved in the Parents Association. It is for the benefit of all our children and new faces are always more than welcome.

-‘Land Purchase’
Two years ago we spoke to the Council seeking to gain some of all of the unused land for the use of the school, to improve the safety of the area for our children. Our request was not looked upon favourably by the Council and they proposed a number of changes to improve safety – i.e. footpaths, signage and road markings. However, we have long felt that this is still insufficient to serve the needs of the growing school population. With the end of the Ballinasloe Town Council in sight, we decided to try again. Following a series of letters and a meeting with the Town Clerk and Director of Services, and with the approval of the School Board of Management, a proposal was submitted to the Town. Much work was done to contact the Councillors and lobby them as to the reasons why we are so anxious to gain this land. In the end, we gained 100% support from the Councillors! However due to the timing of the dissolution of the Council, this matter could not be concluded at the final meeting, so it will now be brought forward to be considered and agreed by newly formed Galway County Council. We take heart that it has been submitted with the full approval of Ballinasloe Town Council and as such we hope that it will be also approved. So, for now we await with much anticipation for the final outcome from Galway County Council.
We believe this unused land can be a wonderful resource to enhance the safety for our children by finally upgrading the parking and traffic management, that it could provide a super amenity / playing field for our children. Rest assured, if and when we get to that point there will be opportunity for input from all parents as to how best to develop the land, however, we would very much like to finish out our term with the agreement that this land would transfer over to the School. We believe that the acquisition of this land is of paramount importance to ensure the safety of the children of the school and to enhance their recreation facilities , for generations to come. More to follow ...

- Rang 6 Graduation - Rang 6 Graduation will take place on Wednesday, June 25th. As usual, the Parents Association will be organising refreshments - if anyone would like to drop some home baking into the school any time on the Wednesday, it would be much appreciated or if you would be available to help out on the evening, please let Renate Kohlmann (087 9685455), Janice O’Grady (087 2960051) or HelenMcCarthy (087 6964539) know. We would like to wish Rang 6 all the best as they take the big step to secondary school.

- First Communion & Confirmation - A big thank you to all the teachers involved in preparing our children for First Communion and Confirmation. They were two wonderful occasions. The School Choir were fantastic and received so many compliments, along with all the fantastic artwork on display in the Church. Well done to both teachers and children.

- Finally ‘Go Raibh Maith Agaibh’ to all the teaching staff, our principal, Ruaíri and to Gearoidín for all your support during the year.

Have a lovely summer.

Renate Kohlmann (On behalf of the Parents Association Committee)

P.S. Once again can you please take care and attention when driving to drop off or collect your children, please read and retain the safety advice on the separate page.

Road Safety

The importance of road safety cannot be stressed enough.

As a reminder:
1. Please Slow down.
2. Observe children cycling to school as the summer is here.
3. Do not use your mobile phone when driving.
4. Always observe the Pedestrian Crossing.
5. Please respect the Bus Parking spaces during set times.
6. Be Alert to small children hard to see when driving.
7. Be Careful at Drop Off and Collection times.
8. Be Courteous to Other Drivers.
9. Do not drive the wrong way around the Roundabout.
10. Do not park on the Roundabout.
Be Patient – we’ll all get there in the end !

Go raibh mile maith agat !




Nóta Eolais – Information Note

Talamh na scoile - Proposed Land Purchase

As you are aware, Coiste na dTuistí has been working tirelessly to improve safety and parking around the school.

• Last year they secured improvements to the roundabout outside the school

• Last week, they placed a proposal before the final meeting of Ballinasloe Town Council to purchase the land opposite the school to improve safety around the school and to provide a playing field for our children

• All members of our town council voted unanimously to sell the land to the school

• The decision of the town council will come before an early meeting of the new Galway County Council

• Many thanks to all of our outgoing councillors who all supported our school so strongly

• Special thanks to Coiste na dTuistí for pursuing this issue so vigorously on our behalf


See Connacht Tribune pg. 28 and www.bealathanaslua/nuacht#council