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 Mona O’Connell – A Tribute 


A light has gone out.

Is it completely gone?

I hope not!

It would be such a waste.  

Michael English

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Mona O’Connell (nee Cox) on Tuesday 10th November.

Mona began her teaching career in this school in 1958, becoming Principal in 1979. She retired in 1994 having given 37 years service. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her but she has left behind her an everlasting legacy which we will always treasure.

Kilcleagh N.S. is very much an extension of the community and while todays’ pupils would not have known Mona, their parents and grandparents certainly would have had the privilege.

For Mona education and school was not only to develop academically but to promote fully rounded individuals. During her career she worked tirelessly to achieve this. We in Kilcleagh remember this every year when we present a 5th Class pupil with the Michael English Award which was originally donated by Mona. This is a non academic award for overall “contribution to school life” reminding us that our school strives to achieve more than just curricular excellence.

Despite the fact that most of the present staff did not have the privilege of working alongside Mona, we are blessed and honoured to continue to perpetuate her vision into the future.

We sympathise with our Principal Mary and her family on the loss of a mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís.

Ní Chríoch, ach Athfhás



Athlone Education Centre asked that we forward this information to parents/guardians of pupils in our school please.

Reducing Anxiety in Children:

Free Support Session for Parents: Monday November 30th 7p.m.

Click here to book. Parents should select “other” for type of registration when booking. 


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.






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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.

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