Our School

Ar son foireann na scoile Cill Mhuire ba mhaith liom fáilte mór a chur roimh gach éinne go dtí ár suíomh idirlíon. Tá súil agam go mbainfidh sibh taitneamh agus úsáid as an suíomh.

Kilmurry National School

Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to Kilmurry National School website. We invite you to browse the site and we hope that through this you can keep up-to-date with what is happening in our school community and celebrate the work that our children are doing in every aspect of school life.

Kilmurry National School is a five-teacher school serving the community of Kilmurry and the surrounding area. Currently, there are 100 pupils on the roll.

The school continues a long tradition of educational provision in the locality. In the mid-1840s a hedge school operated from where the porch of the church is today. The current school grew from the National School which was established in 1891. New classrooms were added in 1999, 2006 and 2013. A new AstroTurf pitch was added in 2019.

The school is a hive of activity throughout the year. The staff, pupils and community are particularly proud of the long sporting and musical heritage in the school. In recent years the school has won a number of camogie, hurling and basketball competitions as well awards for entrepreneurship, art, science and maths.

Kevin Clohessy, Principal.

About Kilmurry National School

History of Kilmurry N.S.

The full Irish name is Cill Mhuire na nGall (Kilmurry of the Foreigners) which means “Church of the foreigners dedicated to Mary”. It is said that Norman adventurers, under De Clare, built, if not restored, a church outside the village circa 1300 and hence the name.

The ruins of the old church still remain in the burial ground, and within the limits of the parish are the ruined castles of Rossroe, Kilmurry and Kilkishen.

Although this parish is so-called after the Blessed Virgin Mary, there is no reason to suppose that it was originally dedicated to some Irish saint. A holy well a little way from the site of the church, is called Tobar Faoile after the virgin saint of that name who had a religious establishment at Ath Cliath Meadhraidhe in the county of Galway and another near Limerick from which the parish of Killeely is designated. Of the church, itself not a trace remains but the graveyard surrounding it is greatly used by the people of the neighbouring country as a place of burial.

Mission Statement: Kilmurry National School seeks to create a safe, encouraging and challenging learning environment for all its pupils. The school encourages genuine effort and affords pupils the opportunity to use their talents as fully as possible. Positive relationships between pupils and staff are valued and promoted through activities that allow for individual differences and learning styles. The school strives to involve parents, parish and community in fulfilling this Mission.