WRITING WORKSHOP:  Children’s author Jackie Burke visited the school on Tuesday and spent time with 3rd and 4th classes.  She was very impressed by our “budding” writers and also read from her books.  Photos on school website

CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL SKILLS: Footballers from 5th and 6th class travelled to Portlaoise last Friday to take part in trials to choose players who will play at the All Ireland Football finals and semi-finals  in Croke Park later in the summer.  This event attracts the elite of juvenile football in the county and we were well represented by Jane Bride, Shauna Kealy, Alison Walsh, Ryan Brady, Michéal Downey and Lochlann Kelleher.  The Laois representatives for Croke Park have yet to be announced.

MID-TERM BREAK:  The school closes tomorrow (Friday 29th) at the usual times and re-opens on Monday May 9th.


LIP SYNC:  A reminder that tickets are now on sale for the big event to be held on Saturday May 7th.

PILATES:  8 week course commencing Tuesday May 10th @ 7pm in the Fitness Studio, Ballylinan.  All welcome – from beginners to advanced.  For further information contact Mary @ 086 3733327.






LIP SYNC FUNDRAISER:  Thanks to everyone for their support of the jersey day yesterday.  Ms. Mulhare is delighted to report that the event raised €430.

VACCINATIONS (Junior Infants):  The H.S.E. will visit the school on Wednesday May 18th.  More details to follow in the coming weeks.

NEW JUNIOR INFANTS (Sept 2016):  Dates for your diary –

Tuesday May 17thParents meeting.

Tuesday May 31st:  Parents and children.

MID-TERM:  School closes Friday April 29th at usual times and re-opens on Monday May 9th.

STUDENT GAMES – ST. ABBAN’S:  Congratulations to Josh McDonald (6th Class) who was the overall U14 boys athlete at the sports held last Sunday.  Josh came 1st in the 80m sprint, 2nd in the 700m race and 1st in the shot putt.  Very impressive results!  Ciarán Cronin and Padraig Doyle also competed in the events.

JUVENILE ARTHRITIS: As part of a national awareness programme children from Mrs. Hurley’s class and Ms. Brennan’s (1st) will receive badges in the coming days.  Parents should monitor how they are worn.


G.A.A.:  Girls U8/U10/U12/U14 training every Monday 6.30 – 7.30 pm.  New players welcome!


  • Table Quiz: Saturday April 23rd, 9.30 pm – Murphys Bar.  1st Prize – €100.  Entry fee €40 for table of 4.  Finger food served and raffle on the night.

  • Underage Family Fun Day and Disco: Sunday April 24th, GAA Clubhouse, 12.30pm.  Disco with DJ Ginty from 2pm.  Admission €3.  Penalty shootout, face painting plus much more on the day.



A reminder that tomorrow (Wednesday 20th) is our fund-raising day for the re-surfacing of the lane to the soccer and G.A.A. pitches.   Children can wear their own jersey or just no uniform. Any legs will do.  We are asking for a contribution of €2 per child or €3 per family.