World Book Day 2019

Here we have Ms Flaherty’s 2nd Class dressed up as their favourite characters from books they love! What a colourful group!

Well done girls and boys. Keep reading !

If you see a book,

read it!


Pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th represented St Mary’s at the Córfhéile Primary Schools Festival in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, on the evening of Monday, March 4th!

Well done to the choir and their choir mistress, Ms Biggs.

Maith sibh!

Click HERE to view a video of the choir at the Córfhéile recently.

Congratulations also to Third Class who performed at the Córfhéile, playing their recorders on Thursday. Well done children and teachers!!!

Click here for the video of their performance. 

Séamus from ZEEKO gave talks to the 4th, 5th and 6th Classes recently, on Internet Safety.  He also gave a talk to parents in the school hall the same day. We were delighted to see such a good turnout for this extremely relevant and informative talk.


Change the culture! Say “NO!” to cyber-bullying!

One very useful idea to encourage children to do fun activities in real-time was the “Balance Jar”.

Fun real-time activities such as painting, playing football and more are written on ice-pop sticks. Before allowing our children to go online etc we can ask them to select a stick and go do that activity right there and then. 

The children go off and have fun!

You then pop the stick into a jar to remind you of which activities have been done recently.

According to parents who’ve used this idea, children really enjoy this approach and it helps to create a healthier mix of real-time and virtual activities for children!

To check the age-ratings for games, movies etc click on…


Green Schools Poster Competition Winners!

Pictured here, with Green Schools’ Coordinator, Mr Ó Brádaigh are the winners of the Green Schools Poster Competition. The standard was extremely high and the judges had a difficult job choosing the finalists.

Thanks to everyone who entered and congrats to the winners!

We had a great time at the RDS recently for the last night of the  Peace Proms 2019.

The music was out-of-this-world and every one of our forty-plus choir members performed beautifully.

Thanks to Ms Wylde for organising the entire venture and to all the children who took part in our lunchtime rehearsals for months before the concert!

We are tremendously proud of you all!

Ms Wylde, coordinator, and teachers, Ms Biggs and Mr O’Byrne, who were all so proud of the St Mary’s Choir in the RDS.

We are connected with thousands of other pupils around the country, all learning how to stay safe in the amazing world of the internet! Join us!

This is Séamus, with his amazing freehand drawing of a map of China. This amazingly accurate drawing was done recently when 2nd Class were studying countries of the world.

Well done Séamus!

Ms Kelly, Ms Moroney and their Junior and Senior Table Quiz teams who represented St. Mary’s on Friday night in The Pillo. Both teams narrowly missed out on progressing to next round but represented the school so well and they had an absolute ball doing so! Parents and children delighted at the end of the night! Maith sibh! (Pic by MrÓBradaigh)

Pictured above is Ms O’Connor’s 5th Class following the judging of their projects in class recently. We are very proud of them all for their work. More details to follow… Watch this space!


We are a singing school and we love to get together and sing, just for fun. This includes our Friday Assembly. From time to time we will post the song we sing at Assembly here. Enjoy…

It’s rugby season………..

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 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…

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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!!!


Make sure that YOU are safe on the way to school this Autumn. Watch this…


Click HERE for Advice on Internet Safety!

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!