3 Apr

Dromakeenan’s Got Talent

Pupils from Jared Madden’s School of Speech and Drama performed “Dromakeenan’s Got Talent” last week which was a roaring success.  The pupils showed their talents off to a very appreciative audience.  Junior and Senior Infants stole the show once again with their songs and poem.  First and Second Class performed “Rumble in the Jungle”, while 3rd and 4th Class brought the story of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to life for the audience.  Fifth and Sixth were the rejected by the judges in Dromakeenan’s Got Talent but finished up with great renditions from the movie “Sister Act”.

A profit of just over €1000 was raised over the two nights and this money will benefit all the pupils in the school.  We would like to thank the Parents Association who organised the raffle on both nights.



We would like to thank most sincerely the following businesses for their sponsorship at two recent events in the school:

Dromakeenan’s Got Talent:  Donal O Sullivan, Andrew Walsh Bus Hire, Tesco, Hennessy’s Chemist, Mullally Electrical, Shauna Walsh, AIB, Corville Stores, Delaney Machinery, Doherty Hardware, Hogan Locksmith, Sinead Beauty, Parkers Restaurant, Mulvey Tyres, A Cut Above, Jimmy Teehan, Frawleys Chemist, Roscrea Signs, Mulrooney’s Gala, Glow – Carmel Ryan Make Up Artist and Patricia Gleeson

Aoibhneas Fundraiser:  News and Views, Madden’s Chemist, Patterson Hardware, Coffey Chemist, DIY Store, Redmonds Roscrea, A Cut Above, John O Donnell Jeweller, O Donnell and Hobbs, Carmel Ryan, Topaz Garage, Shaws, Mullallys Electrical, Culture, Jade’s Hair Salon, The County Arms Hotel, Super Valu, Drennan’s Butcher, Tasty Burger, Stonewoods, The Millhouse, Quigleys Bakery, Tesco, Minogue’s Furniture Store, The Stand and John Carroll Motors



Watch our website over the coming weeks as many photographs of recent events will be uploaded.


Mad Hair Day

Our Shave or Dye campaign continues this year with Mad Hair Day tomorrow! This event was a brilliant success last year! The children came in with wonderful hair creations.  We encourage all children to come to school with something different done with their hair – just not a permanent change. We wonder who will have the wackiest creation?  A donation from our charity fund will be made to Shave or Dye.


Seachtain na Gaeilge

We had great fun in the school last week for Seachtain na Gaeilge.  Mrs Maher organised a number of events – a table quiz for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class pupils, Irish morning in class before break, older classes reading well known Irish Fairy Tales to younger classes to name but a few.  Highlight of the week must go to Assembly on Friday morning where the pupils from various classes danced the Seige of Ennis, Second Class sang “The Galway Girl” as Gaeilge.  The biggest laugh came when the staff took to the stage to show their prowess at the Seige of Ennis – watch out Ant and Dec – Riverdance could be looking for us.


Success at National INTO Handwriting and Roscrea Tidy Towns Competitions

  • We were delighted to receive the news that Ava Tomlinson in Junior Infants and Jamie Bradley from Aoibhneas Class 1 won first prize in their categories in the INTO handwriting competition held recently.  The children were presented with their prizes in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Tuesday last.  Congratulations to both of you – well done!
  • This year’s Tidy Town’s competition was a fruitful one for our pupils.  We had a number of prize winners who attended a ceremony in Roscrea Library last night.  Congratulations to Emer Harnett in 6th Class, Simba Havatitye in 5th Class, Alison O Meara and Ciara Hoyne in 1st Class and Olivia Parlon in Senior Infants who won individual prizes.  Aoibhneas Class 1 won the Special Category and were delighted to have won the John Lupton shield on the night.

Maths for Fun
The pupils of First and Fourth Class were disappointed to see the six weeks Maths for Fun challenge come to an end last week.  These weekly sessions were great fun while being educational at the same time.  Many thanks to parents Sonja, Fiona, Angela, Noreen and Aileen who came each week and give their time to the pupils.  At a small party to celebrate the event both parents and each child was presented with a certificate.


Aoibhneas Coffee Morning

The pupils invited their parents to a coffee morning today.  They showcased the pottery they made with Fin O Hara.  The parents were delighted to see the fantastic work that the children had created.  They also enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the staff and other parents.  The pupils would like to thank Fifth Class pupils who baked lovely fairy cakes for the occasion – they went down a treat.


Uganda Mission Fund

Father Lorcan Kenny visited the Sixth Class pupils on Tuesday last where he was presented with a cheque for €250 for Sr Mona Maher’s Ugandan Mission Fund.  Father Lorcan spoke to the children and told them about life in Uganda where he has been a regular visitor.  The money the children donated comes from the charity fund raised at the Sixth Class Christmas Sale.  We send Father Lorcan our best wishes as he travels to Uganda at Easter.


Hurling and Camogie

  • Our boys had a narrow win in Ballyskenach on Wednesday when they overcame St Rynagh’s NS in the first round of the Cuman ns mBunscol competition
  • The girls play their 1st match against Clareen today – best of luck girls
  • Hughie Hannon is in the school again this term passing on the skills of hurling and football to the pupils in Second and First Class.



World Book Day


We celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 7th March with a visit from Where’s Wally? (Sixth Class pupil James).  Wally dressed in his dorky glasses, stripped jumper and hat joined other 6th Class pupils.  They visited 2nd Class and had a shared reading experience.  Fifth Class visited First Class and read stories to them, while Fourth Class teamed up with Senior Infants.  Third Class entertained Junior Infants and enjoyed reading their favourite stories to them.  The children loved sharing their experience


Parents Association

The Parents Association would like to thank all the parents who helped with the bag pack in Super Valu on Saturday last.


Green Flag

  • Following a busy couple of months for our Green Schools Committee our application for our Fourth Green Flag has been completed.  We hope to have positive news regarding our application in the near future – keep watching our newsletters!
  • Ms Francoise Hickey visited the school today to give a workshop based on the theme of energy to the pupils of 1st, 3rd and 5th Class.  The pupils did experiments, played games and learned a lot about energy and its conservation.

Have a Happy Easter – See you all back on April 8th!

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