Askeaton Senior National School

Historic Flags on display at Askeaton Senior NS

October 12, 2016 · No Comments

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Following the historic opening of Páirc na Saoirse on Sunday, we at Askeaton Senior NS had another treat in store for history-lovers this week.  Father Seán Ó Longaigh and JJ Sweeney visited our school on Monday and exhibited for us 11 flags that were proudly carried in the parade and subsequently displayed with pride and honour at the unveiling of the beautiful monument at Páirc na Saoirse.  This event was a wonderful lesson for all present and would be very difficult to repeat. Some of the flags are rare and precious and in addition, the knowledge imparted to us by Fr. Seán brought the exhibition to life.  Thanks a million to Fr. Seán and to JJ.  We will all remember this lesson on flags of Ireland for many years in the future.

The Tri-Colour:


Irish Republic Flag , first flown from the GPO in 1916: ie_rep16

Flag for Irish Independence, this type of flag was widely flown during the 1798 Rebellion:


“The Starry Plough” flag flown by James Connolly and the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Rebellion:



Cumann na mBan was an organisation of women who were involved in the fight for Irish Independence. This is one of the types of flag flown by Cumann na mBan:


The Flags representing the four provinces of Ireland are next.

The Munster flag shows three crowns on a royal blue background :                                                   ie-mun

The Leinster  flag shows a gold harp on green background and is very like the historic flag for Ireland :



The Connacht Flag is quite unusual with a black eagle on a white background and a hand with a sword on a blue background:


The Ulster Flag shown to us was from a historic original used by the family of Hugh O Neill of Ulster:



The Limerick flag shown to us had a combination of the Limerick GAA emblems of “Cuimhnigh ar Luimneach” and “Sporting Limerick”:

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The final flag on display was the flag representing the parish of Askeaton /Ballysteen and still used by the GAA teams and supporters of this parish.


In addition to imparting information to the audience, Fr. Seán demonstrated by his example how we must respect flags and what they represent.  We should not let them touch the ground when they are unfurled.

The pupils promised that they will care for the new “Páirc na Saoirse” and treat it with the respect that is deserved by our forefathers.  The audience also agreed that if they see anyone mistreating this special place they will tell them to stop.



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Páirc na Saoirse – official opening 9th Oct. 2016

October 11, 2016 · No Comments


Congratulations to Coiste na Saoirse on planning and executing such a wonderful event to commemorate local heroes of Askeaton /Ballysteen who played their part in achieving Irish Freedom. It was a great honour for our school community to participate in this historic event.

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Irish Freedom Heroes of Askeaton /Ballysteen to be honoured

October 6, 2016 · No Comments

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The pupils and staff of Askeaton Senior NS are delighted to join with the local group Coiste na Saoirse in honouring some Irish Freedom Heroes who came from this parish.  Coiste na Saoirse has last weekend launched a book commemorating the involvement of local heroes in the struggle for Irish freedom from 1798, 1821 and 1920.

History seems to come alive when we can place individuals from our community in settings which previously we just read about in books. This coming Saturday and Sunday Coiste na Saoirse is hosting a commemoration weekend during which we are all invited to participate. On Saturday 8th October a number of ceremonies will take place at various graveyards in the locality.

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On Sunday 9th October, Coiste na Saoirse has planned a wonderful schedule of events beginning with a Commemoration Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Askeaton. The pupils from our school are invited to participate in the historic parade from the Church Car Park to the Community Hall at 3pm. The parade will be led by an Army Colour Party and also the Limerick City Brass and Reed Band.  A Memorial Stone in honour of Paddy O Neill, Terence Moran and Daniel Neville will be unveiled and historian Tom Toomey will be a guest speaker.   After the unveiling ceremony we are all welcome to the Community Hall where music and entertainment will be provided.

The Coiste na Saoirse is to be congratulated for planning such a historic commemoration weekend.


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Hurling and Camogie trips to Desmond College

September 28, 2016 · No Comments

This week pupils from 6th class who play Camogie and Hurling were invited to attend inter-school tournaments at Desmond College in Newcastle West.

The 7-a-side Camogie tournament took place on Monday 26th September. The pupils who represented Askeaton Senior NS attended with their teacher Ms Doyle and had a wonderful day.  Our Camogie team had : Alison, Ann, Caoimhe, Kate, Louise, Róisín, and Serena.



On Tuesday 27th September the boys had their turn. The following pupils from 6th class represented the school in the 8-a-side Hurling Tournament: Callum, Colm, Jack, Janek, John, Lee, Mike and Noah. This team also had a most enjoyable trip.



Thank you to the Sports Department of Desmond College for inviting our teams to participate in these events and for the organisation of transport.

Sporting events provide healthy learning experiences and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Well done to both teams. 🙂 🙂

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GAA Memorial Events in Askeaton

September 27, 2016 · No Comments

The pupils who are members of Askeaton /Ballysteen Bord na nOg were very proud to display some prizes they won last weekend at Askeaton GAA Grounds.

The pictures show fabulous trophies won by the Under 10 Hurling and Football teams.  The Nellie Ryan Memorial Cup was won by the Under 10 Football team whose captain is Zach in 4th class.  The Michael Sheahan Perpetual Memorial Cup was won for scoring penalties in Hurling by Conor in 4th class.

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The pupils in Askeaton Senior NS are delighted to have started a 5 week programme of Hurling Skills with Coach Seán Herbert. We are thankful to the local Bord na nÓg  and Limerick Co Board for providing such an accomplished coach.  The coaching takes place on Wednesdays.

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September 2016 – welcome to our new school year!

September 27, 2016 · No Comments

Welcome back to the pupils and staff of Askeaton Senior NS as we work together once again.

We welcome especially the new pupils  and staff members and hope that the school year 2016-2017 will be happy and fruitful for all members of our school community.

On Friday 23rd September we all attended a School Mass in our local Church.   The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Seán and Fr Muiris  and under their direction all classes played their part in the ceremony. It was a special occasion and great to see the involvement  of representatives from every class who sang sweetly, read prayers or readings, presented symbols and gifts or served at the altar.


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Blue Star Award success once again for Askeaton Senior NS

June 30, 2016 · No Comments


Congratulations to the pupils and staff of Askeaton Senior NS who have once again been successful in obtaining the Blue Star award for European studies. This year Ms Mary Curtin was the coordinator of the school entry for this project. All classes enjoyed learning about the countries of Europe, doing their “Cool Country Reports” and especially taking part in the European soccer championships. Well done to all concerned.

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Graduation Mass and Ceremony for 6th Class 2016

June 24, 2016 · No Comments

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Thursday 23rd June was a very special one for our 6th class. Preparations were carefully undertaken over the last month under the stewardship of Ms. Grace who consulted with each member of the class as they together prepared for a beautiful meaningful ceremony.  Both the preparations and execution of the event were great examples of democracy in action while the 6th class practised making meaningful decisions and working together as a team.

They arranged to fund-raise with a bake-sale. Through the generosity of parents, staff and other pupils, the funds raised went a long-way towards the purchase of school-designed hoodies which are unique and exclusive.  Sweet singing was regularly heard on the corridor over the past few weeks as the group practised hymns and other songs for the big day.

This Thursday all the planning was worthwhile. In our local church Fr Seán celebrated the Graduation Mass while the 6th class with Ms Grace led the congregation in song, readings and prayers as well as the presentation of symbols and gifts representing the celebration of this class. All the pupils and staff from the Senior NS along with the 1st and 2nd classes from the Junior NS  were happy to participate while the 6th class had invited their parents, guardians and grandparents to attend as their guests.  The pupils were clearly well-prepared by their teacher and a number of packs of Kleenex were required as adults thought about their babies growing up to maturity. The final prayers were for the 6th class. Mr O Connell represented the teachers and prayed that the pupils would grow not just with knowledge but with the ability to make mature decisions. Majella Neville and Mairead Barry represented the parents and prayed likewise that these pupils who once needed a light left on because they were afraid of the dark, would now carry the light of maturity with them and would always know there would be a light for them at home no matter what happened.

The congregation of the church then moved to the school GP room. All present admired the lovely art-work the 6th class had done in preparation for this ceremony. The pupils proudly took the seats of honour wearing their brand new hoodies and entertained the crowd with poems, songs and instrumental music. Ms Grace had surprised the group by purchasing a very special “Red Carpet” on which each 6th class pupil walked  in their turns, as they were presented with Graduation Certs by Mr O Connell and then with lovely pocket-prayers by Fr Seán. With speeches complete the pupils returned to their class where Ms Grace assisted by Ms O Brien supplied them with party food while members of our Parents’ Council came up trumps once again and supplied teas and tasty goodies, (including a very special graduation cake) to the invited guests- parents, guardians and grandparents.  Congratulations to the graduation class of 2016 and best wishes as you move on to the next stage of your education.

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Sport-for-all day 2016 at Askeaton Senior NS

June 17, 2016 · No Comments

The entire school population spent a wonderful day together at the Askeaton GAA grounds today 17th June 2016 as we celebrated Sport-for-all day. As usual we were blessed by the generous help and co-operation of a small group of diligent parents, grandparents and past-pupils without whom this event would not succeed. Thanks a million. The events included obstacle courses, sack races, potato and spoon races, penalty shoot-out, long puck, rounders, pass-the-hoolahoop and football. Everyone who participated today laughed a lot and found fun in simple games.

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5th class visit the Butterfly Meadow at Nestlé’s Wyeth Nutrition Site

June 16, 2016 · No Comments

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Today 16th June 2016 the 5th class were delighted to visit the Butterfly Meadow at Nestlé’s Wyeth Nutrition Site in Askeaton. This was a joyful occasion as the pupils were shown the ongoing progress of this wonderful educational resource. They observed the flowers and the insect life and were given educational talks about the “Insect Lodge” and biodiversity.

Last year the previous 5th class had the honour of sowing new seeds for the flower meadow.

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