Easter Newsletter 2023

Dear Parents,


Enrolment is open for 2023-24 school year. Please email secretary@kilmurry-ns.ie or call 061-367623.

Learning from the Extremes – EU Project

There is great excitement in the school with our Learning from Extremes EU Project. We received €10,000 from the EU to purchase IT resources. So far, we have purchased 7 new ipads and 6 new laptops. We will also be getting Lego Robotic Kits when they come back in stock. The Lego kits will introduce our pupils to coding.

As part of the project, we are developing a nature trail on the school grounds. We are lucky enough to have a wide variety of native trees on our grounds. We hope our nature trail will highlight the beautiful surrounds of our school! Sophie and Matthew tell us more:

Lately, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th have been writing about the school’s nature trail. We were split into groups, and we started writing about native Irish trees on the school grounds.

There arer trees such as Oak, Sycamore, Cherry Blossom, Alder, Silver Birch on the school grounds. We used sites that helped us. The sites we used are Celtic mythology and Tree Council of Ireland.

We enjoyed this experience, and it is great to get to use the new iPads and laptops to research and type our work.                                             

By Sophie and Matthew.

Girls Soccer

Our girls’ soccer team have qualified for the County Finals! It is a big achievement, and we are all very proud of the girls! Aishling and Mary tell us more.

A few weeks ago, the 5th and 6th class girls travelled to Tulla to play a 5-a-side soccer tournament. They had their school jerseys and their game faces on! When they arrived at the pitch, Clooney and Scariff met them there. The girls stepped on the Astro, took a deep breath and played their very best. The score was tight, but they won the first match! Shortly after, they played their second match, and they dominated the game. When they were finished, they soon found out that they were through to the county final! Thrilled, they went to watch the boys play their matches. At the end of the day, they went back to school, and got homework off. It was a great day with a great ending.

We can’t wait for the county final!

-Aishling and Mary.

Boys Soccer

Our boys’ soccer team went to Tulla pitch to take part in the FAI 5 a-side tournament. They were very unlucky not to qualify for the county finals, hitting the post and crossbar multiple times! Fíonán and Alex tell us more.

 The 6th class boys went to a soccer blitz in Tulla Soccer Pitch.  Unfortunately, we lost our first game to O’Callaghans Mils 3-2 but won against Ogonnelloe 5-2. In our final match we beat Whitegate 8-1. Unfortunately, we failed to advance to the next stage but we enjoyed our day out!

By Fíonán and Alex

Indoor Hurling

The boys from 3rd and 4th class had great success in the indoor hurling competition. The boys topped their group beating much larger schools on their way. In the 2nd round they were beaten by the eventual County Champions, Clonmoney. Ewan and Jamie tell us more.

The indoor hurling team was made up of 3rd/4th class. The players were Lorcan, Ewan, Jamie, Matthew, Michael, Fionn, Rhys, Ben, Mike, Robert, Tom, Donnacha, Will, and Thomas. We played Cratloe, Tulla, Kilkishen in round 1 and we won all 3 matches! In round 2 we played St.Aidans, Clonmoney and Newmarket. We beat St.Aidans and Newmarket but we lost to Clonmoney 8-0. A great day was had by all and we would like to thank Ms Collins and Jimmy for bringing us to the tournament.

By Ewan and Jamie

Indoor Camogie

Ms Collins brought the 4th and 5th class girls to Cratloe for an indoor hurling competition. Anna and Daisy tell us more.  

In February, 4th and 5th class girls went to an indoor camogie tournament in Cratloe. We shared the bus with Kilkishen school. There were 4 teams there – Tulla, Cratloe, Kilkishen and Kilmurry. We won a game, lost a game and drew a game. We came 3rd in our group and Tulla progressed on to the next round. We had a really great day.

By Anna and Daisy!

Lunchtime Hurling League

Kilmurry NS Lunchtime Hurling League is up and running every Monday and Tuesday. We have 5 teams and each team will play each other once. The top 4 teams will then play in the semi-finals.

Waterford, captained by Darcy O’Hara, have taken an early lead, with Tipperary and Kilkenny in hot pursuit! Fíonán and Larry tell us more:

At lunchtime for the past few weeks in Kilmurry we have been playing our hurling league which includes 5 teams Galway, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford and Kilkenny. In the league, it’s 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and no points for a loss. Everyone is having a great time playing the hurling league. There have been some very exciting matches so far!

By Fíonán Heffernan  and Larry Howard.

Lunchtime Basketball League

The Golden State Warriors were this year’s winners of our Basketball Lunchtime League. Carter and Kielan tell us more.

   Over the past few weeks, we had a basketball league at lunchtime. There were 6 teams going head-to-head to win the cup. There were 6 players on each team so in the semi-final there was Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia, Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers. The winners were Golden State Warriors. We really liked playing in the basketball league!

By Carter and Kielan

Marion Keane Basketball

Our boys and girls competed in the Marion Keane Basketball tournament. Raphael and Larry tell us about how the boys got on and Saoirse and Anna about the girls.


 In February, we went to a basketball tournament in Doora Barefield GAA facilities. We went on a bus and in our first game we played Bridgetown, which we narrowly lost. Next, we played Tulla, and we didn’t lose by much. In our last game we drew with Kilkishen. Overall, we had a great time and really enjoyed the day.

By Raphael and Larry


In February 5th and 6th class girls went to the Marion Keane basketball tournament. We took a bus to Doora Barefield GAA facilities.

We played 3 teams: Tulla, Kilkishen and Bridgetown. We beat Kilkishen and Bridgetown and lost against Tulla. Mr.Clohessy, Mrs Mc Mahon and Jimmy brought us there. We had a great time.

             By Anna  Gilligan and Saoirse Hughes.

Treat Friday

We are encouraging Healthy Eating and Active Brain Breaks in school.  We would ask parents to only give treats on Fridays as much as possible.  The HSE have a website with useful tips for parents on reducing treats: https://www.safefood.net/start

Parents’ Association

The Parents’ Association have been extremely busy this term! As always, they are making a big contribution to the school. If you would like to get involved, you can email kilmurryparentsassoc@gmail.com


Congratulations to Daisy, Anna, Saoirse and Polly on finishing in 2nd place in the Schools Showjumping competition. They tell us more about their day:

It was a long day that had us setting off from the yards at 8am. The first team rounds were on from 9.30 and we are delighted to report that the four girls went double clear in both rounds, which pushed them into a timed jump off against a number of schools. Kilmurry NS came out of the jump offs off in a brilliant 2nd place. Then later in the day, there were the individual rounds where all riders went clear again but were not lucky enough to be in top 3 this time.

There are plans afoot for next year!  

A great result over all for the team of;

Anna & Queenie
Daisy & Thea
Polly & Nobby
Saoirse & SeoidIn

Music with Aisling

Music lessons with Aisling Donnellan will continue in the New Year every 2nd Thursday. You can contact Aisling on 085-7690629.

Junior Entrepreneur

Fifth and Sixth class pupils are taking part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. The programme aims to explore and develop the entrepreneurial talents and skills in children.  The class was divided into groups and each group came up with a business idea. They presented their business ideas to a panel of Dragons who examined each idea and decided which would be most suited to the project. The Dragons decided on joint winners –  A Jumble Sale and Bracelets.  Well done to all the children who had some great ideas and put a lot of work into researching them. Sophie tells us more about it.

A few weeks ago, we were doing Junior Entrepreneur. Everyone was put in groups and started on their projects.

 Later in the month, The Dragons came in and we presented our projects.

The Dragons decided there would be joint winners.  Their projects were a yard sale and bracelets. In a few weeks we will have the yard sale and we will be selling the bracelets at it. Everyone will bring in old things that they don’t use anymore. We all had so much fun and hope everything will go as planned!


News 2 Day – Photograph

 Near the end of March, Aishling White from 6th class took a gorgeous photo of some of the flowers in her backgarden. The “Forget Me Nots” (the flowers) were at their most beautiful – vibrant blue, with the subtle Spring sky in the background. Aishling sent her photo to the “News 2day” team, and the next day she found out that her photo got featured on the programme at 4:20 in the evening! The next day, she wore a massive smile on her face. At small break, when the class were watching News2day, the class saw her photo and they got a shoutout from the weather forecaster. The class gave Aishling a huge cheer. So, Kilmurry N.S. is now famous all around the country!

-Aishling White

Important dates

 Easter Holidays: School closes at 12 noon on Friday 31st March. School reopens on Monday 17th April.

First Holy Communion: Saturday 22nd April at 1pm in Kilmurry Church

May Bank Holiday: School closed Monday 1st May

Confirmation: Sunday 7th May in Kilmurry Church

June Bank Holiday: School closes Wednesday 31st May at 2.30pm. School reopens Tuesday 6th June

Summer Holidays: School closes at 12 noon 27th June.

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation,

Kevin Clohessy