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Saint Mary’s National School,  Newtowncashel, Co. Longford

St. Mary’s was built in 1967 and opened in 1968. Seamus Folen was principal at the time, followed by Sean Cahill in 1974, Jimmy Casey in 1976 and Pat Finnerty in 1996. Marie Fallon succeeded Pat on his retirement in 2010. Current enrolment is 94 pupils with 4 mainstream teachers and 1 shared learning support teacher with St Matthew’s, Ballymahon. The school is located on the outskirts of the Tidy Towns award winning picturesque village overlooking Lough Ree. As well as incorpating curriculum areas, there is a strong tradition of extra-curricular activities in the school. As we are a ‘Green School’ the Staff and pupils are keen environmentalists. In 2005 we received our first green flag for completion of ‘Waste Management’ programme. We have been awarded five Green Flags to date.

Green Flags: –          2005 – Waste Management

                                      2007 – Energy Conservation

                                       2009 – Water Conservation

                                        2012 – Travel & Transport

                                         2014 – Biodiversity

Pupils are also actively involved in Drama, Music and Sport. At our bi-ennial Christmas Concert each classroom performs a play. Classes from third to sixth Classes travel to Roscommon pool for swimming lessons.
Maura Dervin teaches Junior and Senior Infants. First and Second are taught by Sinéad Stenson. Karen Casserly teaches Third and Fourth classes while Marie Fallon teaches Fifth and Sixth classes. Catherine Casserly is our learning support teacher and Gabrielle Walsh is our classroom assistant. Ancillary staff includes Tom Fagan, Fidelma Killian and school secretary Catherine Gallagher. Fr. Merlyn Kenny, P.P. Newtowncashel, is school pastor.

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