School Closures 2015/2016

Emergency closures due to adverse weather may alter the February and Easter Breaks. Decisions about emergency closures will be communicated via the local radio station and/or via text message when possible.





Mon Oct 26th

Mon 2nd Nov

Christmas Holidays

Tues 22nd Dec at 12 noon

Wed 6th Jan

February Mid-term

Thur 18th Feb

Mon 22nd Feb

St Patrick's Day & Easter Hols

Thur 17th March

Mon 4th April





22nd April  School closes at 12 noon 

all pupils 

Mid Term

Mon May 2nd

Mon 9th May

First Holy Communion

Sat 14th May

Sports Day Fri June 17th
Summer Holidays Wed June 30th


24-01-18 Simon O' Dwyer from ''Ancient Music Ireland'' called today and taught us all about the evolution of musical instruments from the Stone Age up to early Irish history.  We enjoyed it immensely and we had our visitor over a two day period!  Thanks to our Board of Management for organising this for us!


17-01-18  We had a visit from our local Garda Síochána Community Officers today.  They advised us on road safety, cycle safety and Cyber Safety in particular...and gave us homework off because they said we deserved it!


20-12-17 We had a wonderful night of fun, entertainment and drama at our Christmas Concert recently.  The craic was mighty and so were the end results...a total of €1,162 was raised from donations at the door and a raffle.  This tidy sum was donated towards the running of the local Community Centre.  Well Done to all!






21-11-17 To mark the Month of the Holy Souls we have remembered our relatives who have passed away.  We said special prayers at Assembly and hold a remembrance ceremony each Friday during the month of November. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a nAnamnacha.


15-11-17 Another busy School Day today! The cream of the crop, our high achieving runners went to Lee's rd. in Ennis to compete in the Clare Primary Schools Cross Country Running competition and did very well. Well Done Boys!


Our Daltaí mar Cheannaraí (Pupils as Leaders) group have penned a letter about our work so far and are ready to send it off to Ms. Catherine  Zapone T.D., Minister for Children, and many more of our political and social leaders nationwide. It'll be interesting to see what kind of a response we get!


As a result of our ''D m C'' work we invited 2 visitors to the school today. Mrs. Mary O'Brien H.S.E., whose son Ciaran is in 6th class, was joined by her colleague Ms. Anne-marie Crosse and both came to explain how we might become a ''Health Promoting School''. It is a very interesting programme of work that everyone will hear more about soon.


14-11-17 Thanks to all who put shoe boxes together for our annual Hope Foundation Shoe Box appeal.  We gathered 54 in total and these will be winging their way to Africa.  We hope they put smiles on the faces of the children that open them too!


28-10-17 Clondegad's Finest Hour!  We celebrated Clondegad contesting the County Football Final by singing our song in Ballycorick Church at Saturday evening Mass.


27-10-17 We did our best to send scary vibes to Kilmurry Ibricken before the Clare County Final Final between Clondegad and the Quilty boys!

These ladies don't look very scary at all!

We had Wally and other celebrities on the day to shout for Clondegad!

And some visitors called to organise Halloween treats for us all! We really enjoyed the day, thanks to our Parents Association and Marie Clohessy.

14-11-2017  A whole host of pupils attended the annual Harvest Mass in Ballycorick Church, stewarded by our own Mrs. Mary Garry and our new member of staff Ms. Kennedy.  With some assistance from Máire Donnellan on guitar we had amazing grace all round!


25-09-2017 42 pupils,and some supporters, made their way to Danganelly in Cooraclare today to take part in the West Clare Primary Schools' Cross Country Running Competitions.  We collected a few trophies...but we were all winners!


11-09-2017  Today Fr. David, from Tanzania, came to visit us before his return home.  We really enjoyed listening to Mlemeta (Fr. David's tribal name) and he taught us so much about his village and life in Tanzania.  We hope he calls next time he is on holiday in Clare...and we wish you a safe trip home Mlemeta!

Fr. david wrote us a lovely letter before he returned home.  We really like his letter a lot.  Thank you Fr. David Mlemeta!


01-09-2017 ''Céad Míle Fáilte'' to our 7 new pupils who started school with us this September.  Happy days to each and everyone you!

01-09-17 School Calendar 2017/18

1-06-2017  Today we hoisted our 3rd An Taisce ''Green School'' flag.  Congratulations to all, especially Mrs. Breda King for all her hard work in guiding our Green School Committee this year.


We made sure we had a really good Green School Notice Board for all pupils to see what was going on.


01-06-17  All pupils were invited to create their own ''Recycled Planters'' by our local Tidy Towns Committee.  The arrangements were very impressive and have adorned the front of our school throughout the Summer Holidays, with some love and attention from our school secretary!


10-03-17  We entered Feile na hInse again this year and here are some of our prize winning competitors!



21-12-16 We celebrated Christmas with a beautiful Carol Service in ''Christ The King'' Church Ballycorick.



02-12-16 Up Ballyea! Today we had a great welcome for our local heroes and their beautiful cups.  Well Done Lads!



25-11-16 Today four members of our Green School committee attended a workshop in Ennis organised by Clare County Council & An Taisce.  It looks like they enjoyed it!

They were assisted in their work by Mrs. Breda King our Green School programme co-ordinator 2016/17


15-11-16  Today we collected our 3rd Green School Flag for our work on the theme of Water.



26-10-16 Halloween Dress Up Day....with a special visit from Donald Trump!


26-09-16 We competed in the West Clare Schools' Cross Country Running competitions again.  Well Done!


22-09-16  We were very proud of one past pupil, Ms. Clare Hester, member of Clare ladies Senior Football squad and these boys are very proud of their own mother too, as they show off her All-Ireland medals!


04-04-16 Mr. Pat McKenna of Cyber Security company '''' met with Parents, School Staff and Board of Management members at 7.30 p.m. to offer advice and suggestions on Digital Age Child Protection.  There was a good turn out on the night and what we learned will guide us in reviewing our Social Media/ICT policy in the near future.  Thanks to all who attended.

15-03-16 We celebrated ''Tricolour Day'' with a very special ceremony, joined by members of the community.  A great source of Pride for all involved.  Check out our ''Archive Gallery'' section for more photographs.

11-03-16 Mr. Shane Greene, our 5th & 6th Class teacher, was presented with a gift from our Board of Management to mark his membership of the National Folk Orchestra.  Mr. Greene joined musicians from all Ireland, England and Scotland in performing a suite of music entitled ''Macalla 1916'' by Michael Rooney.  This orchestral suite was commissioned to mark centenary celebrations of the 1916 Rising.  The presentation was made by Ms. Nuala Hehir O'Leary our Learning Support Teacher, herself a past member of the orchestra.  Mr. Greene is responsible for development of music throughout our school.  Congratulations from us all!

11-03-16 To celebrate National Tree Week we planted 8 native broad leafed trees, kindly sponsored by Ballynacally Community Development Association.  Pupils from 4th class planted these beautiful trees..with a little help from Philip and John!

08-03-16 Pupils from 3rd to 6th class in our school choir competed in Feile na hInse recently and accounted very well for themselves, finishing in 2nd place overall.  We also had solo performers who did likewise.  Maith Thu!

02-02-16 Geraldine from the ''Simon Community'' collected a €750 cheque today from the proceeds of our Christmas Concert in December, presented to her by 5th class pupils on behalf of the pupils, staff and parents who supported us on the night.

08-02-16 Stephanie from Focus ireland collected their €750 of our findraising for the homeless.

30-01-16 Our pupils presented a cheque for €1,500 to Board of Management Chairperson Mary Sheehan in advance of dividing it up between The Simon Community and Focus Ireland.

11-01-16 Our pupils are taking part in the ''Heritage in Schools/Artist in Schools'' scheme with Susanna Anker.  Susanna is teaching us about fabtic and fibre.  Our BoM & Parents' association helped us have Susanna in school with us over 5 weeks.  We are making beautiful things!


30-01-15 Pupils from 5th class presented Mrs. Mary Sheehan, chairperson of our Board of Managment with two cheques to the tune of €750 each for Simon and Focus Ireland at mass on Saturday night.  Well Done!

06-01-16 The new school year started with some sad news, and that was that Fr. Tom O'Dea had passed away.  We all loved Fr. Tom and loved to see him coming in to visit us.  He reminded us that we were ''the best kids in the whole wide world''.  We will remember him as the best Fr. Tom in the whole wide world R.I.P. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.


21-12-15 Time again for our much anticipated Christmas Concert in the local community centre.  Each class produced its own play and a wonderful time was had by all.  We had a full house on the night and the tidy sum of €1,500 was raised for the homeless.  These funds will be divided equally between ''Focus Ireland'' and The ''Simon Community''.  Thanks to all who offered Spot Prizes for our raffle on the night!

23-10-15 ''Dress Up day'' for Halloween today. Fancy dress all day long....and we gave those evil spirits the boot!

21-10-15 We took part in the West Clare Schools' Cross Country Running competition and accounted very well for ourselves....but most of all we enjoyed the day out!

19-10-15 Our school was visited by two members of our Defence Forces, Sgt. Barry Sheehan and Pte. Murphy who presented us with our National Flag and a copy of The 1916 Proclamation. This event starts our centenary celebrations to mark 1916 and the Easter Rising.  We did lots of research on our tricolour and James Francis Meagher.  We gathered together in our Assembly Room to welcome parents, grandparents and community members.  We learned about our national flag and are really looking forward to ''Proclamation Day'' on March 15th 2016!


19-10-15 Before the arrival of Sgt' Barry Sheehan we invited local T.D. Mr. Pat Breen into the school to meet our pupils from rang 3 to rang 6.  Mr. Breen T.D. put his work as an elected representative and Oireachtas member in context for us in advance of the visit from the members of our Defence Forces later in the day.

10-12-15 We learned today that the SHOEBOXES we gathered before Christmas were among the 5663 from Ennis that were distributed among needy children in Odessa in the Ukraine.  We're very proud!


30-09-'15 We had a lovely visit to our school today.  Francis Henn of Paradise House in Ballynacally, accompanied by his daughter Frances and frank Gavin, spent quite some time with us.  He told us all about his wonderful life as child in paradise before the outbreak of WW2, his time serving in the Crown forces in Europe, his role as a Brigadier General with the United nations and much much more.  We wrote poems for him based on research on his writings on Paradise House and presented them to him in booklet form at the end of the day.  We had a great time and it was a real thrill for us all to meet a direct descendant of the landlord family held in such high esteem by the entire community of Ballynacally.

01-09-'15 A big welcome to our 9 boys and girls who started Junior Infants with us today.  Happy days ahead we wish to all!

19-06-'15 Sports Day was immensely enjoyable again this year.  For more photographs check out our ''Archive gallery'' on our website.

05-06-'15 Pupils in Junior & Senior Infant class enjoyed a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Mc Allister, who have a long association with Ennis Brass band, on ''Grandparents Day'' organised for us by our Parents' Association.  Pupils reported having a great time and really enjoyed the music played.  Thanks to all!!

03-06-15 3rd & 4th class went Rock Climbing in the Burren and Surfing in Lahinch...a great day on the ''Wild Atlantic Way''!

May 21st Our School secretary Marion O'Loughlin and some of our School's Green School Committee went to a special ceremony in Galway to collect our 2nd Green Flag.  This was a particulary special day after a lot of work on the theme of ''Energy'' which coincided with the building of two aditional classrooms over a 4 year period.  What a relief!


May 16th 2015 was a very special day for 1st & 2nd class....First Holy Communion with Mrs. Garry...Congrats to all!

14-05-'15 For the first time in over 20 years our school football team, comprising girls and boys from Rang 3 to Rang 6, competed in Cumann namBunscoil's West Clare schools' football competition.  Prior to this we joined forces with the three other schools in our parish.  However, in an effort to have as many pupils playing as possible and to promote football in our own school to a higher level,we took the brave decision to go it alone.  We competed well in Division 2 and enjoyed our new found independence.  Heartiest congratulations to Clondrinagh, Caherea and Lissycasey National schools in their success in Division 1.

14-05-15 We had an unusual visit from two siblings today who didn't stay very long but did leave their calling card!!!


27-04-15 Mr. Greene and his 5th & 6th class pupils joined members of the local ''Tidy Towns'' Committee in some litter picking in Ballynacally.  The whole place was spick and span after them!

April 25th Our 6th Class pupils made their Confirmation, along with pupils from all three other schools of the Parish, in Lissycasey.  Congratulations to the class of 2015, their parents and their teacher Mr. Shane Greene.

Senior pupils in 5th & 6th classes undertook a very enjoyable workshop on using the Internet safely with Transition Year students from Colaiste Muire in Ennis.  We are very grateful to our Parents Association for organising this for us and to Mr. Greene for facilitating.  Here's to Safe Searching!!

* Well Done! to our girls and boys who recently represented the school at the INTO Mini 7s Schools' Football competitions.

20-03-15 We enjoyed the Solar Eclipse today...and the break from class indoors!


* Pupils from 5th & 6th classes recently participated in a S.P.H.E. initiative with representatives from the ''SOAR'' foundation, spearheaded by Tony Griffin from Ballyea....a great day was had by all!

* School will be closed on May 22nd to facilitate upcoming Referendum.

* Thanks to all who supported the 4 mile Sponsored Run and the recent Parents' Association ''St. Patrick's Day Cake Sale'' both fundraising activities raising €1,082 and €451 respectively!

* Well done to the boys from 4th to 6th class and to the girls from 5th & 6th class who participated in the ''Marion Keane Memorial Schools' Basketball'' competition.

* Congratulations to our school choir, comprising of pupils from rang 4, 5 & 6, which recently achieved First Place in Feile na hInse.  In solo singing competitions we were well represented by many boys and girls from 3rd class to 6th.  Particular success went to Cormac O Muineachain 1st place, followed by Cillian Gavin who came 2nd in the same competition.  Amy Conlan, rang 3, was awarded with a very well deserved 3rd place in her category..out of a total of over 60 competitors! In the feile na hInse Art competition Phoebe O'Shea, Eva McMahon and Sadbh Griffin were medal winners also...Well Done to all!