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One last thing before we break for the holidays – letter from Dr. Tony Holohan.


Dear Parents,

As we approach the end of a very challenging and difficult year, I want to thank everyone in our school community who have assisted in our efforts to keep us all safe in such unprecedented times. It is heart-warming to see everyone working continuously in close harmony.

I thank you, the parents, for your ongoing support and many kind and encouraging words which lifted us when needed. Sincere thanks to our teachers and SNAs for all your hard work and dedication to our pupils.

I thank fellow members of our Board of Management and the office and care-taking staff who ensure the smooth running of the school.

Lastly, and most importantly a huge “Go raibh maith agaibh” to our wonderful pupils who have adapted to so many changes and co-operated with us every single day. It is of prime importance to us as a staff that the children continue to thrive, develop, and learn in a happy, productive environment.

We wish you all a joyous, peaceful Christmas and good health in the new year. Enjoy the break and we look forward to seeing you again on January 6th.

Nollaig faoi shéan ’s faoi mhaise daoibh go léir!

Le gach dea-guí.

 Mary & Staff

PS – see below for a flavour of Christmas in Kilcleagh NS.




Dear Parents/Guardians,

The senior end of the school will be are participating in the MS Readathon for the month of November. Our main focus for the month is to encourage the children to read and enjoy a variety of books. They have a sheet in their homework folder to record the books they read throughout the month. We suggest they read for at least ten minutes each evening as part of their homework.

You will find a link below to the MS Readathon website, where you can search for our school, Cill Cleithe NS, and join our class if you wish. The fundraising aspect of the Readathon is all online this year and is completely optional. This link also provides lots of information and activities should you wish to find out more.






 Information from HSE for parents

Advice for parents EN 


School Calendar 2020 – 2021



Health Promoting School


Digital Schools Award Winner!


Chill Cleithe N.S.

This is a picture of our school. It is situated about 4 miles outside Moate off the main road to Athlone. It is a small country school with 4 main-stream teachers, a support teacher and a shared resource teacher. Our school was built in 1951. There are 101 pupils enrolled this year. Ms. Mary O’ Connell is the principal and she teaches junior and senior infants. Ms. Maureen O’Neill teaches first and second class. Ms. Sheila Martin teaches third and fourth class. Ms. Michelle Bradley teaches fifth and sixth class. Ms. Helga Leslie is our Special Ed teacher. Ms. …………………….. part-time Special Ed shared with Clonbonny N.S. Nicholas Mvula (Nico) is our full time S.N.A  & this year we welcome back Ms. Rachel Corbett  who is covering Ms. Bradley’s maternity leave.

This year we welcome Ilona Kulinska-Puda to our staff, part-time S.N.A.

We are very lucky also to have teachers who come every week to teach us sports and music.

Niall Kane teaches rugby to pupils from 3rd to 6th classes on Monday afternoons which is great fun.

On Wednesday mornings Patrick Heffernan (past-pupil) teaches us music. We play a wide range of instruments including the tin whistle, accordion, keyboard, guitar and violin.

Alan Mullen comes Wednesday afternoons to teach football. He trains every class.

Paddy Mullally comes to teach basketball.

In the first term of each New Year we have 8 swimming lessons – pupils from 1st to 6th class take part in these sessions.

We have been lucky to have had dance lessons for all pupils for the last 3 years which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.


We are lucky to have a large yard with our own basketball court and football pitch. We have levelled our football pitch and are now back playing on it. There is a wooded area at the rear of the school through which flows a stream so we are surrounded by nature. The church is across the road from us and people in our school are given a chance to serve Mass.

Computer Room

Since we got our new extension we now have a separate computer room. We have 10 computers & 10 laptops and an  Interactive Whiteboard in each classroom which the teachers find are an invaluable source of instruction. This year we have invested in IPads. We hope you will get a chance to see us show off our skills on our school website. Hopefully as we get better you will see a lot more.

Directions to our school