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Fáilte chuig suíomh idirlíon, Scoil Mhuire Náisiúnta, Cnoc na Rásaí, Cill Dhéagláin, Contae Na Mí, A84X762

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See you at the Carol Service and Nativity Play on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:30pm in the Church…. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Third Week of Advent

The tree and the Crib are up in the School Hall.

All are welcome to come and visit, especially if you are dropping a donation for the SVP Christmas Food Appeal. See below…


 We, in the school community of Saint Mary’s have always had a special connection with the local conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and we will gratefully accept your donations in support of the food appeal. 

Non-perishable food items, (packets, jars, tins, boxes), can now be left in the school hall or sent in with the children.

Seasonal items, such as selection boxes, chocolates, biscuits, cakes and puddings are especially welcome.

Click HERE to go directly to the Saint Vincent de Paul website for ideas on how to give this Christmas.


Leinster, Champions of Europe!

Kevin, coach of several under-age teams from Ashbourne Rugby Club paid us a visit this week to show us the European Champions Cup AND the Pro-14 Cup, both of which were won by Leinster in a very successful season!

Classes from 4th to 6th took part in a question and answer session with Kevin and they were all then pictured with both cups. We are very grateful to Kevin for coming to see us and we are proud of our own connections with the Leinster team in general and with Ashbourne Rugby Club in particular! See below for pictures…


We know how much you loved Santa’s Grotto!!!

The grotto is a creation of our wonderful SNAs who work tirelessly for WEEKS in advance of the bazaar to get everything just right. We thank you sincerely, ladies, for your work, not only on this grotto but for all you do throughout the year. Santa never had helpers as good as you!

Santa’s Workshop

This amazing creation is the work of our talented caretaker, Mr Joe O’Connor. It has been admired by everyone who has had the chance to see it.
Congratulations Mr OConnor for capturing the essence of childhood with this fantastic piece.

Here…take a closer look…!

    We have a new Green Code!

Green Code Competition Winner,   Leanne R.  in front of her winning entry at Assembly recently. Well done Leanne!  See below…

Monster Christmas Raffle Prizes!

Books of tickets have been sent home recently and we hope that you can support us by selling as many tickets as possible. All monies raised go to fund school projects for ALL our pupils.

Thank you, as always!

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See you at the Carol Service and Nativity Play on Tuesday, December 18th at 7:30pm in the Church…. Ho! Ho! Ho!


Mr O’Connor, Principal, and the entire staff of Saint Mary’s would like to thank sincerely, our wonderful parents who visited us for Parent-Teacher Meetings recently.

As always, the atmosphere was one of friendliness, cooperation and concern for the children.

We thank you all for coming to see us and we assure you that we will continue to promote the welfare of your children throughout the school year.

Thank You!

The Passage Tomb at Newgrange.

The entrance to the tomb as visited by Sixth Class on November 13th.

Ms Daly’s Sixth Class at Newgrange Passage Tomb.

It was an   absolute pleasure to be with this group of young historians.

Mr Cawley’s Sixth Class outside the Passage Tomb at Newgrange.

It was an absolute pleasure to go on this trip with these pupils.


Coin Trail 2018 Winners Announced!!!

At Assembly recently, Noreen Wilson from the Parents’ Association, announced the winners of the 2018 Coin Trail.

The hall was buzzing with excitement and anticipation as each and every child wished for their class to be the one to win this year’s star prize of a class trip to Melt, Ice-Cream Parlour in Ashbourne!!!

And the winners are…

Ms Moroney’s 5th Class took 1st prize and Ms O’Brien’s 4th Class took second prize in the Senior Section.

Above: Class representatives, Kayla and Heather, from Ms Moroney’s Class receive their Melt Invitation to Party from PA representatives, Noirin Wilkie, Rebecca O’Brien and Noreen Wilson.

Bravo, Class!!!

Ms Milligan’s Junior Infants Class took the Prize in the Junior Section.

Well done to you all, girls and boys!

Mr O’Connor expressed his (and our) sincere thanks to EVERYONE who helped in any way. The monumental task of counting and banking the coins collected was cheerfully carried out by members of the Parents’ Association and we are really grateful!

The final amount raised for the school was…..

Noreen Wilson shows us the exact amount raised… €5312.12


Non-uniform Day for Kyle — From Us to YOU!

Above: Principal, Mr Paul O’Connor with the cheque for €1550 which he presented to Kyle’s mother, Janine, along with Kyle’s teacher Ms McGuone and SNA Ms Byrne.

We are very happy to have been able to hold our first Non-Uniform Day of the school year for Kyle Fitzgerald in Ms McGuone’s Junior Infant class.

The monies raised will go towards the fund dedicated to allowing Kyle access the latest treatment in the US aimed at enabling him to walk.

Google, “Kyle’s Wish To Walk” to find out more and make a donation!

Well done and thanks to everyone involved.

Thanks to everyone who dropped in a bag.

We will let you know soon how much we made for the school.

Before Halloween…

Meet the 3 delighted Halloween Raffle Winners with our Principal, Mr O’Connor.

At Assembly recently, our Principal, Mr O’Connor thanked the Parents’ Association for organising three beautiful hampers full of Halloween treats for the Halloween Raffle.

Assisted by pupils from various classes who drew out the tickets, Mr O’Connor was delighted to present the prizes to the three lucky winners, pictured above.

Well done to everyone involved in this fun activity. All funds will go to fund school projects for the benefit of all children in Saint Mary’s.

Thank YOU for supporting us by buying tickets in such numbers!!!


It’s time for a new Green Flag! If we are successful, this will be our seventh flag! The new Green Team was elected in September and they have been sharing their ideas and bringing ‘green messages’ back to classrooms! The theme is ‘Global Citizenship—Litter and Waste. Do you have any ideas for our new Green Code? It must be short and catchy and easy to remember! There will be a suggestion box at the Green Notice Board in November. If we pick your code, you’ll win a great prize!

Meanwhile, keep to the motto: REDUCE, RE-USE, RECYCLE!

We held a Fire Drill in school recently. Everyone was really impressed with the way the children responded to the alarm so quickly and so calmly. We emptied the school in under two minutes!

Well done everybody!

You might try a Fire Drill at home to make sure that everyone in your house can get out quickly and safely! Good luck.

A delighted Saint Mary’s Principal, Mr Paul O’Connor is presented with a cheque in the amount of €14,000 by Ms Aoife O’Shea, Vice-Chair of the P.A. This cheque represents the amount of money raised for projects within the school, by the Parents’ Association in the past year.

The Saint Mary’s Parents’ Association AGM was held in September in the School Hall. Our new Principal, Mr O’Connor was present to hear a full report of the Association’s activities during the past year. The meeting, chaired by Ms Johanne Maher, was well attended and extremely informative. Johanne gave a Powerpoint presentation on the fund-raising events held during the year and explained how things work. Several new members joined on the night. The new committee have promised to be just as active this year as they were last year.

The first activity of the year, “The Coin Trail”, was a huge success. The prize was a class outing to Melt, the ice-cream parlour in Ashbourne!

With every cent of the over €5k raised going to fund projects to benefit ALL school pupils, everyone’s a winner!


Gone but never to be forgotten…

The news of the passing of our friend and former colleague, John (Johnny) O’Sullivan has left our school community of Saint Mary’s with a sense of great sadness and a feeling of huge loss.

Having commenced teaching in St Mary’s in 1982, Johnny spent 29 years as a teacher, many of those also as a parent in the school, as his six children all attended here.

Johnny was a very dedicated and committed teacher, who loved imparting knowledge, which he had in abundance, to the many students he taught over the years.

Outside of the classroom, Johnny gave so much to our school – his “100 Question Quiz” challenged and stumped even the most fervent of quiz experts and he often acted as quizmaster, (as well as setting the questions) at many fund-raising quizzes held by the St Mary’s Parents’ Association.

Always obliging, Johnny drove countless busloads of children to football, rounders & soccer matches and always lent a supporting voice from the sidelines to the players and their coaches. Johnny was a great believer of Saint Mary’s being part of the wider Ashbourne community. He demonstrated this by encouraging the pupils to donate items each Christmas to the St Vincent de Paul Appeal.

Johnny’s strong links with St Mary’s remained, even after his retirement, continuing with many of the aforementioned involvements and also helping out at the annual Christmas Bazaar, with the selling of raffle tickets.

Johnny O’Sullivan was a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who was committed to Saint Mary’s. The staff, both former and present, along with the Board of Management, wish to express our deepest sympathies to his wife, Brenda and their children, Colm, Aoife, Maeve, Ciara, Deirdre and Eileen.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Many thanks for visiting us! 

Recently we were delighted to welcome some local footballers to the school.

The ladies in question – Maire O’Shaughnessy, Aoibhin Cleary and Judy Bobbett, from Donaghmore-Ashbourne Club, lined out on the Meath Team for the Intermediate Ladies All-Ireland Football Final on Sunday at 1:45pm in Croke Park. 

Welcomed by Principal, Mr Paul O’Connor, the players talked about their route to the final and there then followed a Q and A session led by the senior pupils.

We have personal connections with this mighty team. Aoibhin Bobbett has a brother and a sister in our school and Maire O’Shaughnessy is the sister of our staff member, Mairéad McGill.

We thank them for visiting our school and we wish these talented ladies all the best for next year!!!

Up Meath!!!


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The Board of Management, Staff and Parents’ Association welcome the appointment of

Mr Paul O’Connor


Principal of Saint Mary’s.

We are all very excited to welcome our colleague Paul in his new role as Principal of our school. We are certain that he will continue to promote the positive ethos of Saint Mary’s to the benefit of the pupils , the parents and staff. 

We are looking forward to the future with you at the helm.

Well done Paul!


Mr ÓhÓbáin held his last Assembly on Wednesday 28th of June  at 11.00am in the school hall. The whole school assembled to wish Mr ÓhÓbáin well and to present him with some gifts and reminders of his work with us in Saint Mary’s.

Following prayers and readings for Mr ÓhÓbáin, read by a selection of pupils from many classes we sang one of his favourite Assembly Hymns, “We’re here Again” which got us off to a great start.

Mr ÓhÓbáin thanked everyone he had worked with during his 9 years with us and he was thanked in turn by the Chairman of the Board of management, Mr Pat O’Connor.

Pupils from many classes who had maintained 100% attendance during the school year were awarded with a lovely certificate. 

Next,the Jack Barrett Awards were presented by Mrs Kate Barrett, to Amy Spratt and Michael O’Sullivan, two sixth class students who displayed the characteristics of hard work, friendship and respect  we value in Saint Mary’s, throughout their time here.

The Chairperson of the Parents’Association, Johanne Maher, presented the Principal with a beautifully painted “Friendship Bench” as a reminder of Mr ÓhÓbáin’s big ideas of respect and care for each other. 

The children presented Mr ÓhÓbáin with a garden centre voucher so he can buy something appropriate for his garden at home. They also presented him with a giant book of memories from each and every class. This included fond memories of Mr ÓhÓbáin and pictures drawn by the children. It is a lovely book.

During the ceremony, Sixth Class sang “Time of Your Life” with the words altered to wish Mr ÓhÓbáin well. The junior classes sang a lovely selection of Jolly Phonics songs spelling out Mr ÓhÓbáin’s name.

Finally, the entire school sang a rousing rendition of “The Dublin Saunter” as an acknowledgment of Mr ÓhÓbáin’s Dublin roots.

Then Sixth Class paraded through the hall for the last time and exited via their block to begin their well-earned Summer Holidays and the rest of their hopefully, happy and fulfilling lives. We wish them well.

The very last thing on the agenda and a tradition at this time of year in our school was when the pupils moved into their new positions in the hall, recognising their imminent transfer into their new class for next year! There was much excitement as everyone had a look at the hall from their new vantage point, looking forward to September and more exciting adventures!!!

It was a lovely celebration of Mr ÓhÓbáin’s time with us and we were delighted to be able to wish him well in his retirement.

Thank you, from all of us!

Beir Bua Is Beannacht!

Grad Mass 2018

At the Sixth Class Graduation in June, School Chaplain, Fr Derek Darby celebrated a special Mass of Thanksgiving for the lives of the young people leaving us this year.

Following the mass, outgoing Principal, Mr Dónal ÓhÓbáin praised the students for their positive contributions to the life of the school over their 8 years with us. He also advised them in ways of staying safe as they venture out into the world. Finally, Mr ÓhÓbáin gave some good advice to the parents on how to support their children in the exciting and possibly challenging times ahead.

Following the Mass refreshments were served and everyone got the chance to chat and reminisce about fun times shared together.

This occasion was a great opportunity to thank MrÓhÓbáin for his massive contribution to the development of Saint Mary’s over his 9 years and to wish him well in his retirement. It was a lovely occasion.

Race Winners From Sports Day Receive Their Medals!

Check out the gallery below!

Thursday, June 21st,

(the longest day of the year)



The Green Team  with Mr Ó Brádaigh and Ms O’Connor were kept busy organising a great display in the Hall. All classes did fantastic work over recent weeks. We were delighted to see all the projects on green issues and the constructions made from found materials! 

Check out the gallery on the Green Day Page!

It was really great!



Congratulations to all the participants and winners in the relay races and the Principal’s Cup, run during school on Tuesday. 








We’ll be back…

Pictured above, with Principal, Mr Dónal ÓhÓbáin,  are the Boys’ Senior and Junior footballers and their teachers, with the O’Byrne Cup, recently won again  by the Meath team, containing some Saint Mary’s past-pupils!

(The Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup is a Gaelic football competition organised by the Leinster GAA. The competition is named after Matt O’Byrne, a former Wicklow GAA club officer. The participants are the eleven county teams which field a football team… Kilkenny do not field a football team.)

We were looking forward to our Senior Boys competing in the final against St Colmcille’s BNS,  Kells on Saturday!!!

The road to the final…

On the 9 of June 2018 we played Kells in the Cuman Na mBunscol final at 2 o clock. This is how we got there. Our first match was against Dunboyne in Donboyne who we beat well with great performances by Danann Donnelly and Daniel Holmes. Our second match was against Whitecross who were missing a few players  so we beat them by 5 goals thanks to Adam Power and Cian Dowling. Our third match was against Canistown and solid performances from Conor McNally and Ben Cox saw us the win.

In the quarter final against Kildalkey we were down at half time but with Captain Eoin Kelly and leading scorer Michael O’Sullivan coming off the bench we won the game. In the semi final we faced Whitecross again. Great performances from the fourth class Ross Wilson and Dara Maher we were in front at half time. Unfortunately we went 2 points down with ten minutes to go. Thankfully Niall Daly scored an unstoppable goal with eight minutes to go. Whitecross went on the attack but didn’t break through the defence of Oisin Daly, Daniel Holmes, Andrew Skelton, Leon Holmes and Troy Mahon until the very last minute but a great save by Jodev Puchon got us the win.

We were really looking forward to the final and we would like to thank Mr Giblin, Mr Cawley , Mr O Connor and Mr Halpin.

By Oisin Daly

After a superb display of quality football from both teams in sweltering conditions, Kells emerged the winners after rallying in the last ten minutes of the game.

We in Saint Mary’s are immensely proud of you all, boys and we thank you and your mentors, Mr Cawley, MrGiblin and Mr O’Connor for all your dedication and hard work over recent months!


Pictured above with Principal, Mr ÓhÓbáin are the Girls Footballers with their mentors, Ms Kavanagh, Ms Kelly, Ms O’Shaughnessy and Ms Flaherty with the O’Byrne Cup. Well done to everyone involved with football in Saint Mary’s!