Change of Times for Cumann na mBunscol Finals

This evening we were informed by Cumann na mBunscol Maigh Eó that there has been a slight alteration to next Wednesday’s schedule of games in McHale Park.

The fixtures are now as follows..

Wednesday June 4th

4.45 p.m. Boys: Charlestown v Cooneal

5.45 p.m. Girls: Charlestown v Kilmaine

We are really looking forward to Wednesday evening and hope that we will have great support to cheer the teams on !

6K Family Fun Run

The time is nearly here for the St. Attracta’s Family Fun Run.
Details have been updated on a circular sent home to each family this afternoon, on our school Facebook account and Charlestown community website but for those that need a quick reminder here they are;

• Date: Saturday 31st May, 2013 at 11.00am
• Registration: from 10.00am at school
• Venue: St. Attracta’s National School
• Route: 6km mostly Flat Surface
• Refreshments for all in the school afterwards
• High Visibility Vests to be worn

We would appreciate any assistance you would be able to provide and request that you contact Serena Horkan (083-107-3231) or contact the school outlining your availability to help on Saturday morning.

As mentioned Please remember your hi-vis vests. Happy Running, jogging, walking, crawling…

We look forward to meeting you all on Saturday!

School Teams Reach County Finals

Our great week continued this morning in McHale Park when both teams qualified for their respective County Finals which will take place on June 4th at the same venue.

First up were our boys who defeated Mount Pleasant N.S. on a scoreline of 2-10 to 2-08 in a thrilling game. It was very noticeable, despite at times being behind, that our boys never gave up. They supported and worked very hard for each other, in truth a fantastic team effort. We were so proud of each of them!

Our girls played Carrowholly N.S. Westport in their semi final and matched the boys performance winning 2-7 to 0-4. As with the boys all the girls displayed great work ethic, good decision making and teamwork.
As with our quarter final on Monday it was a full team effort, all those introduced made a great contribution, coming on and helping the teams get over the line.

We now have a very busy fortnight ahead. We are awaiting confirmation of times for the finals on June 4th however as of now these will be evening fixtures with proceedings beginning at 4.30 p.m. There are six finals to be played on the night.

Our boys will play Cooneal N.S and our girls will play Kilmaine N.S in their respective finals.

School Teams Progress to County Semi Finals

What a Monday morning we had at at very wet Swinford Amenity Park. Both our teams came through thrilling Quarter Finals to progress to the County Semi Finals at McHale Park on this coming Wednesday.

First up was our boys who defeated Midfield N.S. on a scoreline of 6-3 to 4-3. This game ebbed and flowed all through with our boys showing great heart, playing very much as a team. All our players played an important part in this victory particularly in the second half when we came under real pressure from a very good Midfield team.

The same can also be said of our girls who played shortly after our boys against Meelick N.S. We came through another very stern test by 8-8 to 5-6 with all the girls playing starring roles. We were delighted particularly in the second half to see some of our younger students from 4th class gaining great confidence playing with the older girls and also to see these girls doing so well.

It really is fantastic for our school to have two teams representing us at the semi final stage.

The fixtures for the semi finals in McHale Park (Back Pitch) on Wednesday are as follows…

11.00 a.m. Boys St.Attracta’s N.S. V Mount Pleasant N.S. Pitch 2
11.45 a.m. Girls St.Attracta’s N.S.V Carrowholly N.S.Westport Pitch 2

All support for the teams would be greatly appreciated !

Parents’ Information Evening Resources

Many thanks to all who attended last nights presentation here in school.It was a really informative, thought provoking and interesting evening!

A special word of thanks to our speakers Maureen McEntire and Caroline Sweeney for their excellent presentations.

Please find below links, materials and suggestions from last evenings talks.


Please copy and paste this link into your browser and you will find interesting resources in a dropbox folder.

Another super website that Maureen recommended is

Internet Safety

In particular on this site please examine the

Internet Safety Videos
Internet Safety Tips for Parents
Cyberbullying Tips
Parental Controls

All are worth a visit!

Parents’ Evening: Healthy Eating / Internet Safety

We have a very exciting evening planned this coming Wednesday 14th May, when two excellent speakers will address our parent body on the important and topical areas of healthy eating and internet safety.

The evening will begin at 8 p.m. sharp in our 5th and 6th class room. It promises to be most informative and worthwhile.

We hope that all our parents/guardians make every effort to attend.
We look forward to meeting you all !

School Teams Progress to County Quarter Finals

Both our Boys and Girls school teams progressed this afternoon to the County Quarter Finals of Cumann na mBunscol defeating Scoil Iosa Carrcastle in our area finals.

The final scores were
St. Attracta’s 6-8
Scoil Íosa 3-8

St. Attracta’s 5-7
Scoil Íosa 3-2

THE games were closely fought with great performances on both sides. A special word of thanks to John Burke who refereed both the games and the boys and girls of Carracastle for two very sporting and enjoyable games.

After Mr.Bracken of Carracastle presented the area shields to our captains for the afternoon Evan Carney and Leanne Duffy.

Next up for our Boys is a County Quarter Final v Midfield N.S. and the Girls a Quarter Final against Meelick N.S.

Both games will take place next week in Swinford Amenity Park with the date yet to be decided.

Connaught Ladies G.A.A. Programme begins in St. Attracta’s.

Our school was very fortunate this afternoon to begin a coaching programme with Connaught G.A.A. Development Officer Noelle Gormley.

This programme operates in conjunction with Charlestown Ladies G.A.A. A number of club members, mentors and coaches were present to help and encourage the girls who really enjoyed the first of this five week programme.

It is a great link between the club and our school, affording the girls the opportunity to practice their skills and have great fun!

A special word of thanks to Noelle, club organisers Patricia Ruane and Tom McLaughlin, and of course our coaches Bernadette Durkin, Sarah Duffy, Emma Jane Buckley, Fidelma McHale, Richella O’Connor, Karena Finn and Maureen McEntire.

We are really appreciative of the opportunity to participate in this wonderful programme.

Dulux Ireland:Let’s Colour Project

Please help us to win much needed paint for the back of our school. We have entered the Dulux Lets Colour Project for 2014 and we need your votes and the votes of all your friends to win.

This is a Facebook competition and votes can only be registered from the Dulux Ireland Facebook page. Further details of this competition can be found at You can vote everyday up to the closing date at midnight on June 1st.

Please click on the link below,select Community Project and as of this post, St. Attracta’s entry is on page 2, bottom left corner and click vote.

Well done to all our enthusiastic children (3rd-6th) who participated in the video. Excellent poetry!

However,, we still need your vote to win so please take a few moments to vote and to share the link with all your friends and help us win some much needed paint!

Thank you as always for your time and continued support.