Christmas 2015

Céad Míle Fáilte

This September marked the beginning of a new era in Monagea NS as Miss Ciara Gallagher became school Principal. We are delighted to welcome her to our school and we wish her many years of happiness in her role.

We welcome Miss Siobhán Murray, Ms. Maragaret O’ Donoghue and Miss Lisa Cahill to the Learning Support and Resource team along with our SNA Mary Conlon. At this juncture it seems as though all the new arrivals have been here forever as we are working extremely well together. Tús maith leath na hoibre!

Cashel Cross Visits Monagea

September saw the beginning of what we hope to be the hurling revolution in Limerick. The U21 team comprehensively defeated Wexford, giving an outstanding display in Thurles. John Flavin was a member of the management team and we were delighted to welcome him along with team captain, Diarmuid Byrnes to Monagea NS. Diarmuid spoke to the children about their training schedule and the level of commitment required to succeed at inter county level. Monagea has a very strong Bord na nÓg and we look forward to some of our pupils wearing the green and white of Limerick in the future.

Presentation of the Tricolour

Two members of the Irish Army came to Monagea Hall on November 9th to present the Tricolour to the school as part of the centenary celebrations for 1916. The damp squib did not deter many locals from coming to celebrate this special occasion with us. We learned about the history of the flag and how to care for it. The day was made extra special for one child as his father Brian Devine was one of the members of the army who joined us. We had a lovely display of the wonderful talent in the school as many children danced and played music. We finished up with a rousing rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann. We look forward to raising the flag in March to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Rising.


GAA Training in the School

Monagea has a long standing history of GAA and we are delighted to help carry on this tradition in the school. Ms. Fitzgerald and Mrs Daly give their time training the school teams in both hurling and football. This term we have all been especially lucky as Jason Brouder has been coming to the school every Thursday since September. He has taught each class in the junior end of the school important fundamental movement skills. In the senior end, the children have worked on drills, skills and mini games. Jason was joined by Garryspillane and Limerick hurler James Ryan since the Halloween break. The children were delighted to have James come to train them with Jason and their desire to impress the All Star nominee has really shone through. We are hugely indebted to Jason and James for providing us with

their time and expertise. We look forward to putting all we have learned to use in the future.  Monagea Abú!



Once again there was a huge response to the call for Shoeboxes. The children enjoyed carefully selecting and packing little presents for children who are in need. The shoeboxes will certainly bring joy to many boys and girls on Christmas morning. A grand total of 136 boxes were collected and Bibi from Operation Christmas was very grateful for your continued support.


Christmas Cards

This year’s Christmas cards once again proved very popular. They really were a joy to behold and everyone enjoyed searching for their own masterpiece! At this stage we hope they have wound their way across the county, country and even the world.


Holy Communion Class 2016

Preparations are in full flow for the First Holy Communion next May. The 18 children in second class are working hard learning their prayers in anticipation for receiving the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion. They are also attending their monthly “Do this in Memory Masses” and Canon Duhig calls to see them on a regular basis. We wish them well as they prepare for these special moments in their lives.


Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The school went to Mass to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. The children have learned about Angel Gabriel visiting Mary as she worked in her kitchen. We were delighted to be able to attend Mass together to mark the importance of this day. The children sang beautifully to Mary our Mother and their voices really added to the occasion. Thank you to Canon Duhig for inviting us to attend.

Science Quiz

On Thursday 12th of November, eight students from 5th and 6th classes represented Monagea National School in Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher, for a Science Quiz. It was our first time entering this quiz and the students enjoyed their evening. They answered a range of general knowledge and science questions. They did us proud on the night. Thank you to all the parents who attended.  Well done to Eugene, Michael, Conor, Ava, Daniel, Grace, Jack and Diarmuid.


Larkin Shield and Sarsfield Cup

Ava White and Ray Lacey were chosen from Monagea N.S. to represent West Limerick in the Larkin Shield and Sarsfield Cup competition. They attended four weeks of training after school in the lead up to their matches. Ray played East Limerick in the semi final. It was a tough game, with the West having a goal disallowed. The East went on to win the match by a point.

Ava played the East in the semi final. They won this match and progressed to the final against a strong South Limerick side. This match was played in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Ava played at right back. Unfortunately luck was not with them on the day and they were defeated. Great credit is due to these two young promising players. It is an honour to be chosen for these teams and I’m sure this experience will stand to them both in the future. Well done on doing us all proud in Monagea N.S.


Panto in Limerick

On Wednesday 16th December, the children from second to fourth classes went to see the panto “Sleeping Beauty”.  This took place in the University Concert Hall in Limerick.  Starring, Keith Duffy, Richie Hayes and many many more.  The show was most enjoyable with its stunning sets and fabulous costumes.  What a great day out!


Christmas Concert

We were all in Oz for three performances this December as the children presented the “Wizard of Oz”. Under the careful stewardship of Katie Upton the children gave excellent performances. From the youngest to the oldest, each child gave 100 per cent commitment to their roles and it made for a wonderful night’s entertainment. Once again the hall was packed to capacity for all the shows. Well done to Miss Fitzgerald and the children from 5th and 6th classes who played the lead roles with aplomb. Míle Buíochas to all who helped out in any way. Thank you to all who donated spot prizes. Thank you to Miss Quigney and those who assisted her with designing the amazing set. Go raibh mile maith agat Katie.  You have worked tirelessly since September preparing the children for the wonderful show. Next stop- Boadway!


Parents’ Association Address

Traffic Layout

By now you are all aware of the new traffic plan in place. It was discussed at our monthly meeting that something needed to be done. We feel it is working well even in its infant stage. We understand it will take a while to get used to it and many of you might ask why change it at all….


  1. The school staff, parents, Parents’ Association, some locals and the Gardaí are extremely concerned about the traffic and the lack of order that comes with it.

2 The zebra crossing which is a huge benefit has reduced spaces in front of school.

  1. The road is very busy even without school traffic.
  2. The number of children enrolled has increased and with that comes more cars.


It is OUR children we are protecting, it will be too late if there is an accident and someone gets hurt or even worse.

We ask you all to please co-operate, it will work very well if everyone is on board. More volunteers are needed. Any questions please do come along to the monthly Parents’ Association meeting held on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 8.15pm in Monagea Hall. A big thank you to everyone who is cooperating, it makes it easier for everyone and safer for the children.



Clothes collection, a good response to it a total of €330 was raised.

Parking, as above, also it was discussed that semi permanent bollards be priced up. It was also suggested to run with the system for the evening collection, possibly when the bollards are in place.

Tesco blue chips, Monagea N.S are one of the blue chip collections in Tesco, please ask all family members to support. A big thank you to Tesco.

Santa, Santa came to visit last year, the children were delighted, we have asked Santa if he will call again this year before he gets too busy, plans are on going.

Means of raising current school wall, prices are being sought for the best option to raise the wall at the front of the school in an effort to enhance the safety of the children while playing on the yard. This work will be carried out as soon as possible.

School/ Parish dance, a date has been set for our School fundraising dance, FRIDAY 11TH MARCH 2016, Michael Collins and band will provide the entertainment on the night in THE DEVON INN HOTEL. Tickets will be given to each family in the school in January. Monies to be returned by the end of February. This has potential to be a great night and more importantly a huge fundraiser for the school. We urge everyone to get behind it and encourage family, friends, neighbours and parishioners to go.

NEXT MEETING IS WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3RD. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas.


Principal’s Note


Thank you to all members of the school community including teachers, ancillary staff, the children and their parents for making the first term a great success.  Your hard work and dedication is to be highly commended.


Thank you for your cooperation regarding the new parking system which is working very well. The efforts of the Parents Association in relation to this deserve great recognition.


The school will close at 12.00 on Tuesday 22nd of December and will reopen on Wednesday the 6th of January.


Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas


Ní Neart go cur le Chéile.

Editorial  Team

Lucy Hallinan

Diarmuid Mulqueen

Ryan Roche