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Sports Day 2019

was a HUGE success.

Thanks to everyone involved!!!


Summer Holidays and Technology Use

Slán agus Beannacht Father Derek!


The whole St Mary’s School Community gathered on Tuesday, June 4th, to thank Father Derek for all his wonderful work with us in school for many years.

Father Derek, who has been our School Chaplain and Parish Priest, leaves on June 15th to take up a new appointment, working with Bishop Tom Deenihan in Mullingar.

At the Special Assembly, children read prayers asking God to bless Father Derek for his work in the past and to give him the strength to continue his good work into the future.

The school sang two hymns for Father Derek, the first one, “We’re Here Again” was a cheerful welcome for all our guests, including the Chairman of the Board of Management, Mr Pat O’Connor who had some lovely words of appreciation for Father Derek.

The final hymn was, “A Mhuire Mháthair”, sung because we are a school dedicated to Our Lady, as is our Parish Church.

Several gifts were presented to Father Derek; some good quality golf balls and a voucher for a round of golf at a club of his choice, as he is a keen golfer.

We in St Mary’s will really miss Father Derek, not only for his great work supporting us in our faith but also on a personal level.

Congratulations Derek, on your appointment to Archbishop’s House in Mullingar and sincere thanks from all of us for your generosity of spirit and of time, in dealing with us here in school. You are a good man and you will be missed!

Guímís, Rath Dé Ort.

Beir Bua is Beannacht!



Saint Mary’s Win

The Cup Final!

Our Girls’ Football Team played St Marnock’s NS Thursday at 2pm in Parnell Park, Donnycarney and


Pupils from 3rd Class to 6th Class attended and gave great support. 


The team arrived back at the school, receiving a tumultuous welcome, at about 4:15 pm.


We are so proud of our girls and we congratulate them and their mentors, Ms Flaherty, Ms Kavanagh, Ms Kelly and Ms McGill on their victory!

Well done, Saint Mary’s!



The Junior Football Team played St. Declan’s in a friendly last Thursday the 23rd. For a lot of the boys it was their first game for St Mary’s.

Well done guys for getting out there. We are certain that there will be great games ahead…Super start!


Hey everybody!

We’ve received our 7th Green Flag on the theme of Global Citizenship. Well done to everyone involved and especially to the Green Team and their leader, Mr Liam Ó Brádaigh!!!

Parents’ Association Announcement


Ms O’Connor’s 5th Class represented Saint Mary’s for the very first time in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme National Showcase 2019, at the RDS recently.

All participating schools had their own stand, showcasing their idea and explaining the steps involved in getting their business idea from inception to realisation. Our pupils, in their groups, met with the public and fielded questions from visitors to our stand in a very professional and friendly way.

We are immensely proud of them all. Well done!

Here in St Mary’s we love to keep fit and stay healthy!  Above  are some photographs from our school walk or run a mile a day! This intelligent idea came from Mrs Kavanagh. At the start, students didn’t exactly support this idea. But as the days went on, more and more of them were running like the wind. A certain 5th class teacher actually ran on the field to encourage everyone. Every day at a certain time, we head outside and off we go. Junior and senior infants go over to the Astroturf, First and Second class head over to the tarmac, and the rest of us hit the field. We are planning on continuing this for 28 days. In our opinion we think this is a brilliant idea. Everybody is staying active and we are always rearing to go next time!

Marc W and Garreth M 5th Class, Ms Moroney

Congratulations to everyone concerned with the Confirmation which took place on Saturday, May 18th @ 3pm in our Parish Church.

Our two Sixth Classes and their teachers, Mr Cawley and Mr Slattery prepared for many months for this wonderful occasion.

We in the St Mary’s School Community thank everyone for their work in preparation for Saturday’s ceremony.

Congratulations to the pupils, their friends and families on this big occasion. We know that everyone was inspired by this special day on their Faith Journey.

 Many thanks, to the 5th Class choir and their conductor, Ms Biggs for their work. Their beautiful singing really contributed to the prayerful atmosphere in the church.

Sincere thanks to Bishop of Meath, Thomas Deenihan, pictured below,  who confirmed the pupils on the day.

You  are always welcome in Ashbourne!

As always, everyone was invited back to the school for refreshments and a chance to catch up in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. Thank you for being there!


Great News!

The flag in the picture is one of our older ones and in need of a little TLC. Time for a new one!

We have been awarded our SEVENTH Green Flag! 

At Assembly recently, Green Schools Coordinator, Mr Ó Brádaigh announced, following an amazing application to An Taisce, the awarding body, that we have achieved our targets and will be awarded an impressive 7th green flag soon.

We would like to congratulate the Green Team members, all of the children and teachers but especially, Mr Ó Bradaigh for all the hard work done over many months to achieve this prestigious award.

Go Team St Mary’s!!!

Video of 3rd Class when they went to Córfhéile! Super!

Video of Ms Biggs’ Senior Choir, again at Córfhéile. Excellent!


Fun in the yard…

Junior Infants having a ball building a house in the fun play area!


See our report about Artefacts Week 2019 here…

See our latest report about JEP here…

Fourth  Class Trip


See the 6th Class Bridges project here…