Askeaton Senior National School

Confirmation Day 3rd February 2017

February 3, 2017 · No Comments



Today on the feast of St. Blaise, the pupils of 5th and 6th classes of both Askeaton Senior NS and Ballysteen NS were confirmed. The ceremony in Askeaton Church at 10:30AM was celebrated by Bishop Brendan Leahy who was assisted by Fr. Seán O’Longaigh and Fr. Muiris O’Connor.  The pupils who all looked very smart in their long white gowns, were exceedingly efficient and well tutored as they sang, read prayers and scripture readings and approached the altar for the anointing by the Bishop and presentation of offertory gifts.  The class teachers Ms. Doyle and Ms. Carroll (Askeaton SNS) with Ms. Grace (Ballysteen NS) were justifiably proud of their charges as was Ms. O’Brien who directed the choir. The 3rd and 4th classes were happy to support the choir and they sang sweetly and fervently. We thank Maureen and Lisa Blackwell who once again provided beautiful music to enhance the ceremony.


Bishop Brendan spoke in his homily about the significance of  taking a new name and how it can represent beginning a new mission in life. He spoke about Pope Francis whose original name is  Jorge Mario Bergoglio, or George in English. On being elevated to his new position and beginning the new mission as Pope, George chose the name Francis.  Other biblical characters also changed their names including Abram who became Abraham, Sarai became Sarah, Simon became Peter and Saul became Paul. Bishop Brendan also commented on the importance of “family” to all of us. He spoke about the upcoming “World Meeting of Families” which will take place in Dublin in 2018.

Bishop Brendan was extremely thankful to the teachers in both schools for their efforts in faith formation of their pupils, and in particular for the preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation in evidence today. He also complimented the pupils on how well-prepared  they were, and also on the beautiful art-work on display in the church.  He thanked the parents and sponsors and wished them all well.


The ceremony concluded with the presentation of commemoration scrolls to each pupil who had been confirmed by their teachers.  Mrs. Condon represented the Parent Councils of both schools in thanking the teachers who have carried out Trojan work with the 5th and 6th classes as they prepared for this special day. The Parent Councils were then represented by 4 pupils who presented fabulous bouquets of flowers to Ms O’Brien, Ms Doyle, Ms Carroll and Ms Grace. Finally Ava from 5th class spoke about the wonderful work being done by the Children’s Ark at University Hospital in Limerick. She explained to the congregation that the Confirmation classes have nominated this charity as one to which they intend to make a donation from gifts they are receiving for their Confirmation.


Congratulations to all the pupils of 5th and 6th classes on their Confirmation Day.

May you all be inspired by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit today and from this day forward. Have a wonderful time with your families. 🙂  🙂


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St. Brigid’s Crosses for 2017

February 1, 2017 · No Comments


The annual ancient tradition of making Saint Brigid’s crosses on 1st of February was once again in evidence in Askeaton Senior NS today.

The pupils were delighted to try out the craft with the lush green rushes collected by Mr O’Connell.

The pupils in these photographs are from 3rd class with a few from 5th class and 6th class.


The pupils obtained tremendous enjoyment from the process of creating the crosses and were justifiably proud of their efforts.  Many are planning to make more crosses at home for family members following in the tradition of St Brigid, whose feast day is today.   🙂   🙂



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Credit Union Quiz 2017, Stage 1

January 30, 2017 · No Comments

The 1st Stage of the Credit Union Quiz took place nationwide this past weekend.

The venue this year for the quiz of the Cois Sionna Credit Union was the Salesian College in Pallaskenry and it took place on Saturday morning at 11am.

This year each school could enter just one team for each of the two age-groups.

Competition A was for Under-11s and our panel had Nell from 5th class, Zach, Emma and Cathal from 4th class and Jamie from 3rd class.

On the day the  team gave a great account of themselves.

Pallaskenry NS team won with 44 points while Kilcornan NS cames in 2nd place with 43 points.

In 3rd position was Ballyhahill NS with 41 points. In 4th place was Kildimo NS with 39 points and Askeaton NS was a close 5th having scored 38.

Competition B was for Under-13s and our panel had Matteo from 6th class with Aaron, Billy, Cian and John from 5th class.

This Under-13 team also did a great job. After 12 rounds of 6 questions the winning team was Kildimo NS with 54 points while Ballyhahill NS came 2nd with 53 points. In 3rd position was Coolcappa with 51 while Askeaton Senior NS shared 4th position with Glin NS on a score of 49 points.

Congratulations to all the teams who can be proud of their achievements.


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Community Games Handwriting Competition 2017

January 26, 2017 · No Comments

The pupils of Askeaton Senior NS were given the opportunity recently to enter a handwriting competition run by  Askeaton / Ballysteen Area Community Games.  Congratulations to the following pupils from our school whose entries were chosen as winners by the judges:

Girls Under 10:

1st :Brenna Sachdev,  3rd class.

2nd: Niamh Mc Carthy, 3rd class.

Boys Under 10:

1st :Jamie Ruane, 3rd class.

3rd : Kai Tucker, 3rd class.

Girls Under 12:

1st : Rachel Reidy, 5th class.

2nd: Nell Brennan, 5th class.

3rd : Ava Haddock, 5th class.

Boys Under 12:

1st : Archie Murphy Peters, 5th class.

2nd :Sam Harty, 5th class.

3rd : Cian Ahern, 5th class.

Girls Under 14:

1st : Kate Blessing, 6th class.

2nd : Alison Finucane, 6th class.

3rd : Ann Murphy, 6th class.

Boys Under 14:

1st Mike O Sullivan, 6th class.

2nd :John Fitzsimons, 5th class.

3rd : Billy Brewer, 5th class.

Congratulations to all the winners listed. The pupils named above will be presented with their Community Games Area medals this Sunday night 29th January at Askeaton Community Hall during the Community Games Area Talent Competition.

The winners of the Under 10s and Under 12s will be invited to represent the Askeaton /Ballysteen Area in the County Limerick Community Games Final in the near future.

Rules of this competition can be read in the following link:

Two of the rules from this web page are as follows:

Rule 4:At the National Festival Handwriting competition under the supervision of the adjudicators, a competitor will be required in their own handwriting, to copy a piece of text. This could be an extract from a newspaper, a poem or an extract from a book etc. This piece of text will be given out to all participants before the start of the competition. It should be between 100-150 words in length.

Rule 6: Competition at Community Games Festival will be adjudicated on supervised work only. Adjudication will be based on: –
 Correct letter formation
 Neatness – uniform letter size, uniform distance between words
 Legibility
 Fluency: style and flair
 Completion of piece
 Punctuation.




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Community Games Art Competition 2017

January 26, 2017 · No Comments

The pupils of Askeaton Senior NS recently entered the art competition run by the Askeaton / Ballysteen Community Games Area.

Congratulations to the following pupils from our school whose pictures have been chosen as medal winners:

     Under 10 Girls:

1st: Niamh Mc Carthy , 3rd class.

2nd: Brenna Sachdev, 3rd class.

3rd: Aine Moran, 3rd class.

     Under 12 Girls:

2nd Shania O’Shaughnessy, 4th class.

     Under 12 Boys:

1st : Archie Murphy, 5th class

2nd :Rio Tucker, 4th class.

     Under 14 Girls:

1st: Serena McCarthy, 6th class.

2nd:Alison Finucane, 6th class.

3rd: Amy Flanagan, 6th class.

     Under 14 Boys:  

2nd Noah Birdthistle, 6th class.

3rd: Cillian Carrig, 5th class.

The pupils listed will be presented with their Community Games medals at the Askeaton Community Hall on Sunday evening, 29th January during the Talent Competition.  Winners of the Art competition from have qualified to attend the Limerick Community Games County Final which will be held in Shanagolden in the near future on a weekend day.

The rules of the Community Games Art competition can be read at the following link: 

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January 2017

January 23, 2017 · No Comments

Welcome back to school to all the pupils and staff as we continue on the educational journey together.

Each class has settled in quickly after the holiday break and luckily the weather has stayed mild.

The biggest event for this term will be the Confirmation ceremony on Friday 3rd February.

On Monday 16th January we welcomed the team of Dioscesan Examiners to the classes. This year we hosted Ms Nora Collins and her colleague Sister Rose Miriam Collins and as usual they were very pleased with the response from the various classes. Sister Rose Miriam is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia and having come to Ireland from Nashville , Tennessee is now working with her community of sisters in Glentworth Street in Limerick.


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Askeaton Junior and Senior NS Grand Raffle

December 22, 2016 · No Comments

The much-awaited raffle took place today in the school GP hall with excited children ready to cheer for all winners!!

Congratulations to the following lucky prize-winners:

1st prize : €50 book token for O’Mahony’s Bookshop – Emily O’Callaghan.

2nd prize: Family cinema ticket- Geraldine Duggan.

3rd prize: Hamper- Jimmy Harty.

4th prize: Hamper- Ms. Moloney.

5th prize: Gift set + Chocolates + wine: Tianna O’Reilly.

6th prize: Chocolates + Wine: Ruby Maune.

7th prize: Cuddly toy + reindeer/ dog food – Cathal Moran.


Nollaig Shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.

Go mbeirimid beo ar an am seo arís.


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Art work with a Christmas theme

December 21, 2016 · No Comments


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Carol-Singing at Super-Valu Askeaton

December 21, 2016 · No Comments


The pupils from 2nd to 6th went to Twohigs SuperValu today the shortest day of the year, and entertained the shoppers and staff singing carols. We thank the management of Twohigs SuperValu for facilitating us as we sang. We are also extremely thankful to the customers who were so generous in supporting our bucket collection in aid of funds for both the Junior and Senior National Schools.  We have enjoyed bringing the spirit of Christmas to public venues, and now we will deck the halls with boughs of holly, rock around the Christmas tree, and prepare for the real meaningful events of the Christmas season.

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Grand Raffle next Wednesday 21st Dec

December 16, 2016 · No Comments


The grand raffle in aid of funds for both the Junior and Senior NS will take place on Wednesday 21st December in the GP hall. Many tickets have been sold this week at the Bake Sale, but there are still some available for these 7 fabulous prizes.

Tickets for the raffle may be purchased until Wednesday morning at the secretary’s office from Majella, who will provide 3 strips of tickets for 1 euro.

As the TV advertisement says “If you’re not in, you can’t win”.   🙂

Along with the Parents’ Council, we wish to acknowledge the following who were most generous in sponsoring raffle prizes:

Deel Pharmacy in Askeaton, O’Gairbhi Newsagent & Bookshop in Rathkeale, the Finucane Family and other parents who supplied the prizes.

Prizes for the Raffle:

  1. Voucher for €50 from O’Mahony’s Bookshop.
  2. Family ticket to the cinema for 2 adults and 4 children.
  3.  Hamper.
  4.  Hamper.
  5.  Gift set + Chocolates + Wine + Tipperary Crystal candle holders.
  6.  Wine + Chocolates.
  7.  Teddy + Reindeer food.     🙂   🙂


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