News Update – 03/05/2024



Dear Parent / Guardian / Colleague / Board Member,


May Altar.

Our May altar is front and centre in our school entrance this month. May is the month devoted to Mary. Thanks to those who bring in ‘flowers of the rarest’ for display. Miss O’Keeffe is busy preparing her class for communions later this month.


This weekend we remember past pupil, Cian Morrissey, Knockacoola, Ballymacarbry, who died on Tuesday last following a prolonged illness. Cian, like all his brothers attended our school and graduated along with his Class of 2008 colleagues. We extend our sympathies to parents, Catherine and Martin along with Derek, Evan, Niall and Darragh, relations, friends and neighbours on their great loss. Catherine worked at our school for a short period in the mid 1990’s. Solas na bhFlaitheas go bhfeice sé. Ceol na nAingeal go gcloise sé. Funeral Arrangements of the late Cian Morrissey – We also sympathise with Miss Denmead and her family on the death of her grandad, Noel Fitzgerald on Thursday night.




Our school hurling team travelled to Cappoquin on Tuesday last to begin our hurling league. We played Cappoquin, Ring and Lismore. It wasn’t to be our day but over the next few weeks we will play the Plate Semi Final.




Thanks to the Parents Association for organising and subsidising our ‘Class of 24’ hoodies. Our current Rg 6 is encouraged to wear them during the months of May & June. They are very nice items of clothing, seamlessly fitting in with our navy uniform.



Scarlet Fever.

Please be vigilant if your child shows symptoms of this ailment as we had incidents of same in Miss O’Keeffe’s Rg 1/Rg 2 classroom earlier this week. Relevant families were notified via email at the time.



Solar P.V.

I am glad to report that we have negotiated a contract with the successful tender, as chosen by the Department of Education and hope to have the solar panels installed on the premises by June 12th.



Cake Sale / Díolacháin Cáca.

Our traditional Cake Sale will take place on Thursday 30th May next and will be hosted by Miss Kelly’s Rang 5. More about this later, but glad to report that all are in agreement that monies raised will go towards the development of the local Panda Playground in Ballymacarbry this year.



Author Visit.

Thanks to Eve McDonnell, author from Wexford, who visit Rg 4 today and kindly signed and donated one of her recent publications to the class entitled “The Chestnut Roaster.” Eve also facilitated a creative writing / art interactive workshop which the pupils thoroughly enjoyed and have the fruits of their labour to bring home. Thanks to Lismore Library for facilitating this.



Parking Issues.

Following an email recently received, I would like to reiterate best practice as advocated by BoM. We ask people who drop or collect pupils to / from our school to exercise caution in where they park at the junction with the Clonmel / Dungarvan Road. Sightlines are being obstructed from people who use the one-way system. We would urge drivers to use this system and to leave a few minutes after school for the rush to subside and the buses to depart before collecting children. The buses can be departed by 3:05 pm. We would also ask families not to double park at the junction. This is more of an issue at evening time as it is condensed into a shorter time period. The Board is continuously working to improve the situation and seeks the cooperation of the entire school community and indeed all motorists in making it safer for all.



Bank Holiday Monday.

School will be closed on Monday next for the May Bank Holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday morning.


Is mise.

Michael J. O’ Ryan – Principal.