Christmas Raffle

Christmas Raffle December 17th 2021

We are delighted to let you know that an extension at Kiltiernan N.S. has commenced. The extension will enhance and develop facilities at our school. The projected completion date will be February 2022. It will significantly increase the potential and use of our building’s resources for our school community, now and into the future. We have been successful in securing 90% of the funding from the Department of Education and the remainder is to be paid from school funds.

We are holding a Christmas Raffle as a fundraiser, which will be launched on Friday 26th of November. The raffle will take place on Friday the 17th of December @12 noon. Results will be posted on our school Facebook page.

As always, we rely on the  generosity and support of our school community which is always greatly appreciated.  

Please support.

Prizes for Monster Raffle:

Top Prize: Voucher for a 2 night stay B&B & dinner for 2 at the George Hotel Limerick

Londis Kilcolgan Food Hamper

Centra Labane Food Hamper

Quinns Hardware Labane

Spar Kinvara Gift Voucher

Q Beauty Hampers

Poppyseed Gift Box

Oliver Walsh Car Valet

Lots of lovely prizes from Ardrahan Farmers Market

Gift vouchers from O’Mahonys Merlin Park

Hair & Beauty Vouchers from Caroline Diviney

Connacht Rugby training top

Square One Fitness Voucher

Bottles of Wine, Spirits, Chocolates, biscuits, candles, childrens games, bags of turf, Snowy Christmas Christmas Tree, beauty Gift Sets and lots more..


Christmas Fun Day 19th December

Christmas Fun Day Friday 10th December 

Please see the poster attached with details.  We have lots of fun activities planned for the day.  Wear your Christmas jumper to get in the mood! We will have a Christmas movie, Christmas charades and games, art and crafts, hot chocolate, party bags, and every child will also get a Christmas Annual to take home to entertain in the long wait for the Big Fella!.The main event will be a Talent Show, which will be on Zoom for parents to watch!

The cost per family is €20, with all proceeds going towards the school building fund. Please pay online – a link will be sent by text to each family today.



In the beginning of February Ms Forde introduced us to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). STEM is a programme to interest children in technology, engineering etc. We were working towards the SFI Discover Science Maths Award.

One of the days in school we had a showcase for the parents so they could see the results of all our projects. Ms Forde took some pictures after that we were finished our STEM programme.

 A few weeks later our school received a notice saying that they were satisfied that we had met all the criteria for the STEM award.

Here is some feedback from the Discover Primary Science and Maths Team: ‘Great log, clearly laid out, focussed on children’s work and colourful with lots of photos. Your towers, wells and wind farm looked fantastic. Congratulations on your award and keep up the Award and keep up the good work!’

                                                                          By Lauren

                                                                           5th Class


Junior Room Blog

September This month as we settled back to school we welcomed the new infants to Kiltiernan N.S. We had to get used of our new surroundings and as part of this Ms. Forde brought us on an autumn nature trail outside. We spotted different signs of autumn in our environment like leaves changing colour and […]

Halloween Dress Up 2018

Halloween Dress Up 2018

The pupils of Kiltiernan gathered in the halla for an assembly in October and the principal told everyone that there would be a Halloween dress up competition on the last day of school before the holidays! 

Sadhbh, Katie, Gabriel and Róise were some of the winners. My favourite costumes were the bookworm, the Rubik’s cube (Eimear), the fairy pirate (Róise) and last but definitely not least, ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’ (Erin, 5th Class). Every year the children dress up in their costume feeling proud on stage with their class and as a pupil, I can safely say this is the highlight of our Halloween.

Biz-World by Bank of Ireland

Biz-World 2018

The Senior Room from Kiltiernan N.S decided to participate in a small business programme run by the Bank of Ireland for primary schools. Alan (our coordinator) simply walked us through each step of this programme. We were put in groups and had to come up an invention or idea that we thought we could use in the future. We also had to come up with a clever name for our companies, a name for our inventions and come up with a slogan. Alan had told us that when all the groups have finished their new ‘inventions’ he would be sending in ‘dragons’. Biz-world was very similar to Dragon’s Den except, that this wasn’t real money, and this was a children’s version but we all had a blast taking part in this programme. We had 2-3 weeks to work on our ideas until all the groups were finished. By the final day all the groups had amazing inventions and such clever ideas!

Finally, when all the groups were finished, the day came that we would be presenting our inventions to the dragons. Group by group we went up to the top of classroom to present out brilliant ideas to the dragons.  The dragons were all really impressed with our ideas and they knew that we put a lot of hard work into them. Some of the ideas include the following:

  • A pair of Bluetooth gloves that can work by themselves
  • A fitness app that you must use before using an electric device with many options of exercises
  • A self-functioning cage for dogs
  • A layer of mesh under the bottom of the car so no animals can get caught in the engine

Overall we thought this programme was very fun and enjoyable and we all agreed we would do it again!



By Gráinne, 6th class

Our Christmas Fair

Our Christmas Fair

Our Christmas Fair was held on the 9th of December 2018. There were lots of preparations for the fair weeks beforehand. Before the fair officially opened, our choir walked down to the church and we sang a few carols to encourage everyone at Mass to follow us back to the hall. The fair had many stalls including baking, slime and books and there was an area where you could do some art with the help of Orla, who had been coming to after-school for a few weeks to give art lessons. The fair also contained a kids area where you could make a donation and get your face painted, you could get your nails painted and there was also a sweet shop. There was also a Christmas fair raffle which took place by the stage of the hall. There were also guessing games such as how many sweets are in the jar. Overall, the Christmas Fair did extremely well this year. We raised a total of €11,887 for our school. Our raffle netted €5,295 and our Christmas Fair on the day netted €6,592. The Christmas Fair was a great success and it was lots of fun to help out with the 6th Class Baking Stall.

By Eimear, 6th Class

History Trip with Tom O’Doherty

History Trip with Tom O’Doherty


On October 12th 2018, classes from Kiltiernan NS hopped on a bus with local history expert Tom O’Doherty to visit and learn about a few local history sights including the Mausoleum (Caher Cré) and Kilmacduagh Tower just outside Gort and Coole Park.

      First, we visited the Mausoleum in Ardrahan. I was very excited as I had never actually visited the Mausoleum. Mr. O’Doherty told us that the Mausoleum was built to house the remains of John Charles Robert Bingham who died in 1876. His wife and brother were also buried here, and all were removed in 1945 for reburial in Ardrahan Church. Unfortunately you can’t actually see where the Bingham’s are now buried in Labane Church. Tom told us that the coffins were placed in metal “boxes” so no air could get in meaning that if you opened the coffin now all the bodies would look the same as they did the day they died.

      We then jumped back on the bus to visit the Round Toweer at Kilmacduagh, 5km south of Gort town. On the way to Kilmacduagh Tom told us about St Colman’s Well where St Colman is said to be baptised.

      After we arrived in Kilmacduagh most of us went straight to the round tower which is over 32 metres tall. Tom O’Doherty told us that according to legend, Saint Colman MacDuagh was walking through the woods of the Burren when his girdle fell to the ground. Taking this as a sign, he built his monastery on that spot. It is also said no man will ever die from lightning in the Diocese of Kilmacduagh. After we saw the monks round tower, we walked over to St Colman’s grave which is enclosed by yew trees. Yew trees also surround the wall at the Mausoleum, Tom said this is because the berries on the yew trees are full of deadly poison.

      On the way back we stopped at Coole Park for a short visit to the famous Autograph Tree and Lady Gregory’s dog’s graves. Tom told us about the Autograph Tree and about each signature on it. We then visited Lady Gregory’s dog’s graves which lie at the back of Coole Park’s walled garden.

Overall I think we all had a very enjoyable day and enjoyed learning about some of our local history.


Edel, 6th Class    

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Active School

Kiltiernan NS recognises the importance of keeping fit and being fit for both physical and mental wellbeing. In conjunction with the 3 local schools, we are engaged in a programme during school hours that has been designed by Aoife Lynskey, a PE Teacher from Gort Community School. Last year Gort CS were presented with the prestigious award of Ireland’s Fittest School, and we are excited to be working with Aoife to promote an active and fun programme for our students. Aoife recently conducted beep tests for students from 3rd-6th classes, and each child is aiming to beat their original results over the next 4 weeks – so keep moving everyone!

Hospice Coffee Morning 2018

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported our 5th Annual Coffee Morning in aid of Galway Hospice, on September 20th. As always our wonderful bakers provided lots of goodies for this special morning. We raised an amazing €715.60 for the Hospice which will be used to provide services in the Galway area. Go raibh maith agat.