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Christmas Concert Update
More news on the Christmas Concert: all of the students now know their parts. The Concert will take place on either the 19th/20th December. All Classrooms are busy preparing for the night. We are having great fun thinking of our costumes and rehearsing!

Please return forms immediately indicating how many tickets will be required by your family and relatives for the Concert.

National School Table Quiz
Recently our Sixth class attended a table quiz hosted by the Attic Youth Café in Longford. It was the first Monster quiz and was held in the Temperance Hall on Monday 26th November. Though our teams did not win anything, the aim of the quiz wasn’t to win but to meet new friends before we enter secondary school next year. Thanks to all who were involved and a special thanks to the chauffeurs!

Clothing Collection
A huge thanks to all the families who donated to our recent clothing collection. We collected 22 bags which generated €99.00 for the school


Christmas Concert!

The moment we’ve all been waiting for… The teachers have finally announced the plays for each classroom. Junior and Senior Infants will be doing “the story of Celebrity Bainisteoir”. 1st, 2nd and 3rd class will perform “Big Bad Ben in Bethlehem”. 4th, 5th and 6th will present “Cinderella and Rockerfella”. The date has not been finalised but it will be the week of 17th- _ 21st of December. The Junior and middle rooms have got their parts while senior pupils are busy auditioning and looking forward to getting their parts next week!

Lenrec Clothing Collection

Don’t forget Tuesday the 27th Nov. Bring your bag of unwanted clothes and mobile phones to the school. Bags can be left at the back of the school in the girls/boys shed on Tuesday morning.

By Conor and Emma


This year we welcomed a huge number of pupils. 18 children enrolled and 8 pupils left. We also have a new student in 1st class. We now have 87 children in our school. Mrs Dervin teaches the junior infants and senior infants. Ms Casserly teaches 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes, Mrs Fallon teaches 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Mrs Casserly is the learning support teacher, Ms Mannion is our resource teacher and Gabrielle Walsh is our classroom assistant.

Cumann Na mBunscol
This year the children from 5th and 6th classes participated in division 3, (9 a side ) league. We played our first match in Cashel against Ballinalee. We played our second match against Granard in Cashel  and our third match against Legan. We were victorious in those matches but sadly, lost our semi-final against  Aughnagarron. We would like to thank Jack Healy and Sylvester Healy for training and for helping us get so far. We hope to get a better result in the championship!

We would like to congratulate Maeve Dervin for coming 1st in the Schools Cross Country County Final and Emma Casey who participated and had a very good run. Maeve went on to the Connaught finals and came 2nd. Well done Maeve and Emma!

Halloween Disco
On the 31st of October, Halloween night, we had a local disco in the Hall from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. A lot of children turned up. There were many spooky and crazy looking children running around, dancing and playing. Not only did the children get involved but the adults dressed up and joined in the fun too. Yummy treats and refreshments were supplied. We would like to thank the parents association for organising the event. Everyone had a wonderful night and we all had fun.
G.A.A Coaching.
We started G.A.A coaching in school with Longford player Sean McCormack. Sessions take place on the following dates: 23rd of November 7th and 21st of December. They go on from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Junior to 6th class takes part in the training. We hope everyone has great fun and don’t forget your gear.                                     
We have recently started harp lessons in school. “ Windsong Music School’’ are teaching us. Longford County Council Arts programme has kindly sponsored the lessons. There will be lessons every Thursday until the 24th of January.

Clothing Collection            
“ Lenrec Ltd” clothing recycling company will be coming to the school on Tuesday 27th of November. €5.50 per 10kg bag of clothes will be donated to the school and €2.00 per mobile phone. Bags will not be supplied; please use refuse bags. All kinds of clothes accepted, but they must be clean and dry.

Computer Classes     
If any parents or even grandparents are interested in starting computer classes; please contact the school at 043 33 25433. Classes begin on Thursday 29th of November and will continue every Thursday from 8:00 to 10:00pm.

Watch this space over the coming weeks for details of the Christmas Concert.    

By Caoimhe and Daniel.


Celebrity Bainisteoir
The school congratulates Cashel G.A.A on being selected as one of the teams to go forward in Celebrity Bainisteoir.  On Wednesday 20th June Conan Casey, Fergal Bannon, Micháel Bannon, Gavin Kelly, Ronan Muldoon, Aidan Rowan came in to tell us about Celebrity Bainisteoir.  They told us that no one knows who the manager is.  No one will know who it is until he/she walks in the club gates.  It is rumoured that Brian Ormond, Pippa O’Connor, Georgia Salpa, Rosanna Purcell and Callum Best could be coming as Bainisteoir.  We wish the club every success in the tournament.  

Jersey Day
On Wednesday June 27th Saint Mary’s National School held a Jersey Day to celebrate and raise awareness as we prepare for Celebrity Bainisteoir. The celebrity will be revealing himself or herself on July 22nd in the clubhouse.  We spent the day doing art and writing poems. They are displayed in the window of our school, so have a look when you’re driving bye, or see them on the website.

On Thursday 28th June, St Mary’s N.S. got their Summer Holidays. We would like to bid farewell to our sixth class.  They are as follows Lauren Casey, Sarah Farrell, Molly Fox, Michaela Quinn, Aine Bannon, Seoighe Mulvihill, Niamh Skelly, and Niall Casey.  They spent eight great years in the school. We wish them the best of luck in secondary school!! We hope everyone has a happy and safe summer.

Cycle To School Day  
On Wednesday June 27th Cycle to School Day was a huge success. We had lots of people out riding their bikes and everyone was wearing their helmets. Students from fourth class upwards participated in this event.

Schools Football
Hard luck to the school team who were beaten by Abbeylara, in Pearse Park, Longford, on June 8th.  The team did very well to get to the final. We would like to thank the managers, Sean Casey and Jack Healy, and all the parents who came along to support us.

Induction Day
On Friday, June 29th   18 new Junior Infants came to school for their Induction Day.  
They were accompanied by their parents. We wish them every success and happiness over the next eight years.

Poetry composed by 4th 5th 6th classes to celebrate 'Celebrity Bainisteoir'

Bainisteoir Bainisteoir

At school we skip and sing, we say bainisteoir bainisteoir, turn  around, bainisteoir  bainisteoir say your name. "Newtowncashel".

Cashel Bainisteoir

Something for everyone
In Cashel G.A.A
Come along and cheer for us
On our special day

We have a great Prunty Pitch
And many people who
Care for it

R.T.E have chosen us
For Celebrity Bainisteoir
We really are a privileged bunch
Banners bunting and flags galore
When the Bainisteoir is revealed
We will send up a
Mighty roar

Come on the lads in
Red and Black
Bring back the cup
And we’ll have the crack

In the future it will be the
Greatest team
To play on it will
Be a special dream.

Celebrity Bainisteoir

GAA is a fun thing to do,
We do it with Donal that is so cool,
We don’t give out we don’t pick a fight
We will keep going all through the night.

GAA is a fun thing to do,
We do it on Sundays with a trainer or two,
Its great fun for fitness, and memories too,
For skills and fun that’s what we do.

GAA is really fun
It is really the best sport in the world.
You should play it with your friends
But go by the rules and then you will
Be our number one player.

Fitness, memories and skills too,
This is all the stuff we do,
We throw up the ball the game begins,
After all that training now we should win.

It’s not all about winning
But still we like to be a little competitive,
At the end of the day whether on the field
Or as a sub everyone has something to give.

Hello Bainisteoir how are you,
We hope you enjoy the lovely view.
Bainisteoir, Bainisteoir help us to win.
We’ll bring back the cup and you’ll be our

Hurray For The Boys

Dominic and John,
Will cheer the boys on.
The Bainisteoir, here he comes!
Let’s go out and have some fun!

The GAA is really cool.
Our Cashel boys are set to rule!
Hopefully we’ll have the sun
To keep the boys on the run.

In school Donal comes.
If in goals, watch your thumbs!
When on the school team,
It really makes us beam!

We’re on the summer hols                  
But we won’t forget
The 22nd of July
For the Bainisteoir we’re set.

We’ll gather at the pitch
With yelping and noise
And we’ll shout out…
Hurray For The Boys!

Celebrity Bainisteoir

When we heard Celebrity Bainisteoir was coming to Cashel
Our first thoughts were what, where and why
Then we heard that special date the 22nd of July

Imagine all the cameras coming and focusing on the team
They’re not used to all this attention
Even though we know it’s their dream

We have the trophy in the bag
We know we’re going to win
We’re going to beat everyone including Dublin
Were going to win with Foy scoring 3 or 4
Then we’ll win the championship for sure

Newtowncashel is the best

Our village is ahead of the rest
On Sunday mornings
We have training and craic
And go for an ice cream after that

Celebrity Bainisteoir is coming in July
So come and support us and don’t be shy

Hopefully Shane Merrigan will
Bring us the fame and score
Some points hip hip hooray

Wear jersey and kits
When you come to support
When you come to support it will be
Great sport

The referees and umpires will be
Very fair but as long as we win
We won’t really care

Red and Black

Football is our passion, we play it with pride

We have spirit and skill on our side

Our aim is to play as a team and score

We will impress the Celebrity Bainisteoir

So let us all shout out for the boys in red and black
And hope it’s the title our boys will bring back

The Banisteoir

The boys in red and black, are ready to attack,
With the help of a Bainisteoir, we’ll be able to do more. We’ll never lack in effort, don’t worry we’ll try our best, It doesn’t matter who we play,
From either east or west.

The atmosphere will be glorious and we will be victorious.
Here we are at the game Gary Kenny scores,
All the supporters roar,
And many other players will score three or more,
The final whistle blows, through the gates the people flow.

Off we go to Parnell, where we’ll surely get the gold.
It’s great to have this honour.
The parish will explode!


Victory For The Girls
Congratulations to the School Girls team who had a very impressive victory in the Cumann na mBunscol Final in Pearse Park on Tuesday 22nd May.
The girls made history as they are the first ever girls team to reach a final and emerge victorious. It was a nail biting match. At half time the score was 3-5 to 2-8. It was a spectacular show of football. At full time (40 minutes) the score was 5-14 to 5-14.
Extra time was on the cards. Extra time was played 5 minutes a side. The score after the first half of extra time was 5-16 to 5-14. The Cashel girls were 2 points down. Cashel went out and played their hearts out. When the final whistle blew it was the Cashel girls who were victorious. It was a phenomenal score of 6-17 to 5-18.
         Áine Bannon and Sarah Farrell Captains

The panel was as follows:

Goalkeeper: Niamh Skelly
Backs: Áine Bannon and Ciara Healy. Midfielders: Sarah Farrell and Seoighe Mulvihill.
Forwards: Lauren Casey and Maeve Dervin. Subs: Molly Fox and Lisa Dowd.
The team would like to express their gratitude to their coach Richard Farrell. The team would also like to thank all the supporters and parents who brought them to the matches. And of course a massive thanks to the Parents Association who organised the barbeque and fun at the local pitch afterwards.

                                                                                                                                                   Ciara Healy Woman of the Match

Cumann Na mBunscol Mixed Team                                                                           
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who are doing so well in this category. They had an impressive win over Bunlahy and hope to continue on a winning streak over the next few weeks as they have their semi-final on Sunday  27th May at 12 o’clock in Granard. A special thank you to coaches Sean Casey, Jack Healy and to all the parents for their involvement.

Sports Day
Following the flag raising ceremony we will have our Annual School Sports Day. All children will participate. The emphasis is on participation rather than competition.So get out your runners, potatoes and spoons, sacks and three legged race ties!

Green Flag
The school was awarded the fourth Green Flag for Environmental Care and Awareness.

This year’s theme ‘Travel’ focused on promoting a healthier lifestyle.  We encouraged people to do more walking, cycling and car-pooling when possible.
In this way we hope that people will use less fuel and promote a cleaner environment.Brian Kelly, Alanna Cassidy and Molly Fox were drawn to represent the school at the awards ceremony in Athlone on Wednesday 23rd May.

Our Flag raising ceremony will take place at the school at 9:45a.m on Friday 25th May. All are welcome and we hope that you will put on your walking shoes and WALK TO SCHOOL.                       Brian, Molloy, and Alanna

      Green Schools Flag Presentation

Walk To School Week
This is national WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK – “ so come on everybody we want to see all the Cashels out walking!”

First Holy Communion
Congratulations to all the 12 second class children who received their First  Holy Communion on Sunday the 13th May.
It was a very special day for the children and their families. Thanks to Fr. Brady and the teachers. The school choir sang and played beautifully and of course the party in the hall was a tremendous celebration. Thanks to all the parents for their hard work and support.

Basketball success
Congratulations to the School Basketball Team who won the Longford Mixed Primary Schools Blitz on Saturday 21st April. This is the first time for the school to enter this event. So hopefully we will see more basketball success in the future. A huge thanks to Joe Mulvihill who coached the team.

Pupils from 5th and 6th classes received the sacrament of Confirmation on the 20th of March. This year we participated in a new programme, “You Shall Be My Witness ‘’ This involved evening classes with some of the parents. Thanks to all who made this event so special, our parents, teachers, Fr Brady and Bishop Colm O' Reilly.

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