June 2016

This year the children once again participated in a six week block of Golf lessons. Building on the skills they acquired last year they thoroughly enjoyed chipping, driving and putting to their hearts’ content. Each week everyone was vying to be named Golfer of the Week. The Junior Infants had a great time during their first golf lessons at Monagea NS and it was a wonderful opportunity for the entire school to experience playing the game. Here’s hoping they will remember us when they become the next Rory McIlroy or Leona Maguire!

Gymnastics lessons were provided every Wednesday by two very competent gymnasts. They proved to be a huge hit for children in all classes. They made great progress over a very short period of time. Míle Buíochas to Mrs. O Sullivan for organising the lessons for us.

Healthy Eating at Monagea NS

We introduced the Food Dudes programme in April. The children were provided with a piece of fruit and vegetable to taste each day for 16 days. During stage two, the pupils were then encouraged to bring their own fruit and veg to enjoy during their breaks. The initiative was met with great positivity and has been a very beneficial addition to our Healthy Eating Policy. Many thanks to Mrs Daly for co-ordinating the programme and to the children in her class who diligently distributed the fruit each day while making sure our school was kept nice and tidy.

Maith síbh.


Bake Sale

On 15th April, we held a bake sale in aid of CRY-Cardiac Risk in the Young.  This has become an annual event and it proved to be even more popular than ever this year.  This event is held to raise funds for CRY and also, to remember our two past pupils, Niamh Herlihy and Darra O’Donovan who passed away in 2011.  An amazing total of €1720.00 was raised between the bake sale and the raffle.  Avril would like to thank everyone involved for their help and support in making it such a success.

Sports Day 2016
Thankfully the sun shone brightly in Monagea on Friday 3rd June as the children arrived to school for the annual Sports’ Day. There was much excitement as the inflatables were set up at the back of the school. The children enjoyed a morning of fun and frolics, dancing and football and before we knew it we were off to the GAA pitch for the races. The fine weather brought parents, grandparents and friends out in droves. We had a fantastic time running, hopping and crawling our way to the finish line! The raffle was as always very well supported and we were all anxious to get our hands on the much coveted first prize – A tablet kindly sponsored by Hunt Office supplies. Congratulations to all prize winners and many thanks to all who donated prizes. Well done to all the children who participated so sportingly on the day. Your behavior and attitude was admirable. Each and every one of you deserved your medal for being such good sports. The day would not have run so smoothly without the help of many people. Many thanks to Mrs Daly for organising the inflatable activities and time tabling the events so efficiently. Thank you to Katie Upton who must have been exhausted after six consecutive hip hop lessons! Míle Buíochas to Pat Enright along with Patsy Dore for setting up the GAA pitch prior to the races. Thank you to Mrs King who works so hard to ensure that everything goes off with aplomb. Last but not least huge thanks to the Parents’ Association for organising “volunteers” to help out on the day. Without your help the day would not have run so smoothly.
First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the boys and girls in 2nd class who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 14th May.  The weather was lovely and the children looked beautiful on their special day.  The Mass was concelebrated by Canon Duhig, Canon Tom Browne and Fr. Pat Doody.  A special word of thanks to the choir for their fantastic music on the day. A lovely occasion, celebrated by all
Ice Cream Day

We held an Ice Cream Day in conjunction with HB in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland on 17th June. The children (and adults) relished the opportunity to have ice cream at school. A grand total of €295.00 was raised for this worthy cause. Well done everyone.

School Tours

June 10th saw a mass exodus of children from the Junior end of the school, as Junior and Senior Infants headed off to the Old Rectory and First Class made their way to Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre for their school tours. The excitement was palpable. The Infants had an enjoyable day baking and exploring.

Meanwhile in Tralee, First Class went fishing, searched for frogs and had a fantastic time on the pedalos.
The children were all exhausted but delighted on their return to school.

School Tour 2nd to 6th classes
Children from 2nd to 6th will attend Mallow GAA Complex on Thursday 23rd of June for their school tour. This will be an action packed day as each class will participate in seven to eight activities during the day. These activities will range from Zorbee ball roll to KMX carts. We are looking forward to a fun filled day.

Boys’ and Girls’ Hurling
Monagea’s first hurling match was against Killoughteen in Newcastle West. It was a close match but Killoughteen got off to a good start and we couldn’t make up the ground we had lost. We ended up losing by 4 points. Our second match was against Granagh and we won this comfortably. Our third match was against a strong Raheenagh side. Unfortunately we lost by 4 points. However we were still in with a chance as Killoughteen and Granagh had also only won a match apiece so we were into a three way play off. One fine day in Monagea pitch we kicked off proceedings by playing Killoughteen. We won well and went on to play Granagh. This was a close encounter but we managed to come out on top. We progressed to play Croagh in the semi-final. This proved to be a tough game. The minute the whistle blew, we were aware that we were up against a very strong Croagh team. Every player gave it their all but unfortunately Croagh were victorious on the day. They went on to beat Raheenagh in the final. Well done to all the boys and girls for their commitment and also to Kevin Hogan who was a great help to us this year. We really appreciate all he did for us. Go raibh maith agat!


Eithne Neville Cup

On Tuesday 5th of April trials started for the

Eithne Neville Cup tournament. A panel of 21 girls were chosen from 60. Ava White from Monagea N.S. was one of the girls chosen to be on this team to represent West Limerick. They trained for six weeks. They went on to play East Limerick in Mick Neville Park on Thursday 26th May. They won this match and progressed on to play South Limerick in the final. Ava played at  corner back on the day and they won the game by 8 points. It was a great honour for Ava to be chosen for this team and also for us in Monagea National School to be represented. Ava also had a great season for us in the school hurling team. Well done Ava. You have done us proud.


Garda Visit

We had a visit from the local guard Brian Hanrahan on Tuesday 10th of May.  He was accompanied by a guard from Henry Street Garda Station and his dog Caesar. We learned about Caesar’s training and got to see him in action as there was a package hidden in the classroom for him to find. The children got to see a number of various drugs and were given an informative talk by Garda Hanrahan on the dangers of drug usage. They had an opportunity at the end to have all their questions answered.



The girls from 5th and 6th class travelled to Newcastle West Community Centre for the annual basketball blitz in May. They were up against three strong teams. The first match was against Foynes. This was a tough game which they drew. They went on to play Scoil Iosaf and thankfully the girls won this game. Their final match was against Killoughteen. This match would decide who would progress onto the final. Killoughteen put up a great fight but in the end it was Monagea who came out on top. The girls went on to face Foynes in the final. It was a very evenly matched game. Our girls gave a fantastic display of basketball and it was commented that they were the team that improved the most as the day went on. It was a nail biting finish but when the final whistle blew it was Monagea who were victorious. They won by two baskets. The captain Ava White was presented with the shield and each girl received a medal. Well done to everyone involved.



Congratulations to our múinteoir, Maria Collins and her new husband Seamus Copse.  They were married in New York during the Easter holidays.  We would also like to wish our principal, Ms. Gallagher, the very best as she marries Paddy Fitzgerald in July.  The whole school community would like to wish both couples many years of health and happiness.


School Walk

On Sunday morning 12th June, our annual sponsored walk took place in the Demesne.  In spite of the weather a good crowd gathered.  A big thank you to everyone who took part in the walk and to everyone who sponsored a child.  A total of €2071.90 was raised.  What a fantastic sum of money.


Non- Uniform Day

On Friday 24th of June (the day of the holidays), we will have a non- uniform day for the Christmas lights in Newcastle West. A donation of €2 is required if you wish your child to wear their own clothes on that day.


The Class of 2016

Canon Duhig celebrated a lovely Graduation Mass on June 20th for the Sixth Class boys and girls. He had some very wise words of advice for them as they embark on the next stage of their educational journey. The entire school was in fine voice which added nicely to the occasion. We wish the Class of 2016 the very best of the luck in the future and hope they will always look fondly on their time at Monagea NS. Many thanks to Canon Duhig, Miss Fitzgerald and Mrs King who all contributed to making this such a special celebration.

Our school has been granted funding for two additional mainstream classrooms and an office. The project is out for tender currently. Planning permission will be sought in the coming weeks and works will commence in the Autumn.



Congratulations to Mrs. Caroline Collins who has been appointed to our school in a permanent capacity and will begin teaching 5th and 6th class in September.

There will be an SNA appointed for the junior infant classroom over the summer holidays. A mainstream teacher for 1st class will be appointed on a temporary basis also.  This will become a permanent position should our enrolment sustain at over 182 students on September 30th.  Projected enrolment for September is 187. To retain this appointment it is very important that we hold our numbers.

Ms. Gallagher will become administrative in her duties from September as directed by the Department of Education and Skills. This is compulsory once school enrolment is over 182. This is also dependent on retention of pupil numbers at 182 on September 30th 2016.


School will close for the holidays this Friday 24th June at 12 noon.


School Payments

We are delighted to introduce an ePayment system from September. To pay for school activities you will receive a text or email with a secure link that will allow you to pay online using a credit/debit card via your phone, tablet or PC. This is an extremely secure and safe guarded system being used effectively in many other schools. The money goes directly to the school account with the amount and your family’s name detailed on the payment. You will get a reply including a reference number. You will be able to pay in stages where necessary. This method of payment is optional but we encourage as many parents as possible to partake as it is extremely efficient and reduces the amount of cash/cheques being held in the school in line with recent central bank directives. You will receive a letter explaining this in detail in September. Ms. Gallagher will welcome any feedback or questions you may have on this matter in September.


Principal’s Notes

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all members of the school community including all our teaching and ancillary staff, the pupils and their parents for their hard work and dedication to our school throughout the school year.

Thank you to the Parents Association for the support you have given to the school this year. Your efforts and interest in our school are greatly appreciated. We look forward to working together in such a positive way again in September.

Thank you to Lauren Brouder, a transition year student who worked tirelessly to assist in any way she could on her Friday visits to Monagea NS throughout the school year. We wish you the very best in the future.

Wishing you all a happy and safe summer break. School will resume on Tuesday 30th August at 9.20am.


Editorial Team

Ava White

Tom McMahon

Conor Shanahan

Christopher Beville


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