About Us

Our School Mission Statement.

Ballinlough National School is a Roman Catholic School that promotes Gospel values in a learning community, where children can grow in knowledge and understanding and in the acquisition of skills, attitudes, and values. We are committed to the fostering of self-esteem and the dignity of each person as a unique individual. We aim to inspire in the child a love of learning, encouraging the child to reach their full potential.

Our School Vision

Ballinlough National School seeks to achieve a “well ordered, caring, happy and secure environment where the intellectual, physical, moral and cultural needs of each and every child are nurtured in a holistic way”.

Staff    
Principal: Tanya Farrelly S.E.T.
Deputy Principal: Carmel Reilly 5th & 6th Class
  Arlene Skelly 1st & 2nd Class
  Bernadette Sherwin Jun & Sen Infants
  Helen Reynolds £rd & 4th Class
  Janet McInerney S.N.A.
  Eamon Kelly S.E.T.

History

This school started off in the small building immediately to the front and right of the nearby Catholic Church, in a building that is now used as a community centre. Unfortunately, the true history of the school from its inception in 1850 remains to be written but we do have this partial list of headmasters of the school:

Thomas P. Harman 1889-1893

John Geraghty 1894-1896

James P. Ward 1897-1902 Possibly the same person as mentioned below, these three names are from correspondence in the Department of Education files mentioned in A History of the Parish of Kilskyre and Ballinlough, p.125.

Master Ward -1925. He lived in the house attached to the school, which can now be seen as the small building adjoining the community centre on the opposite side from the road, near the entrance to the graveyard from the Church. His sister also taught in the school.

Master Patrick McDonnell 1925-1958 He was a native of Girley near Kells. His father was also a teacher who dropped dead while reading a book out to the class!

Master Vincent Geraghty 1958-1988 He was from Flower Hill in Navan and it was during his term, in 1972, that the school was transferred to its current site.

Master Patrick Marrinan 1988-1990 He was a native of Clare but born in Dublin.

Mrs Margaret Ryan 1990-1996 Living locally she is now the unofficial school historian.

Mrs Goretti Usher 1996-2011 Originally from Mayo, married in Oldcastle, but now sadly deceased in 2018.  When she began in the school it was only a two teacher setup but by the time she retired it had become four teachers and a part time secretary.

Ms Tanya Farelly 2011- present. A native of Carnaross. She taught in Dublin and in Navan before coming to Ballinlough in 2006.

Important Announcements.

 

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2021/2022
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ADMISSION POLICY
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ENROLMENT APPLICATION
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ISOLATION QUICK GUIDE 
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COVID 19 POLICY STATEMENT
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RETURN TO EDUCATION FACILITY DECLARATION FORM
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UPDATE FOR PARENTS ON SCHOOL RE-OPENING
COVID 19 RESPONSE PLAN
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Ballinlough NS Educational Resources
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WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
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WHOLE SCHOOL EVALUATION
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