Welcome to the official home page of Ballinacarriga National School

Ballinacarriga National School is a mixed primary school situated to the South East of Dunmanway town. We aim to create a school where all children are valued and respected in a happy, secure and challenging environment.

We currently have 95 children enrolled in our school. We have 4 classroom teachers, 2 Special Education Teachers (job-sharing), 1 visiting teacher, 1 Special Needs Assistant and a secretary.

We are an active school that participates in many sports such as football, hurling, camogie, rugby, swimming, dance, basketball, kid-athlons and soccer. We have 5 Green Flags. We also have the Junior Entrepreneur Flag, Active Flag and Amber Flag. We take part in many other activities such as debating, quizzes, yoga, meditation, ukulele, xylophone, guitar, dance, Christmas musicals/plays, carol services and many more.

This school year 2021/22, we are concentrating on Biodiversity, Primary Science Awards and an Environmental Education Programme.

A Note from the Principal, Róisín Hurley.

As principal of Ballinacarriga NS, I am so appreciative of the hard work and goodwill of the parents, pupils, staff, Parents Association and Board of Management. I would like to thank them for their continued support.
“Gach dalta mar oiltear” – Every student is as he is trained.


Welcome to Ballinacarriga NS


Latest News & Upcoming Events

Spring Mid term: Thursday 24th & Friday 25th February School closed

Football training every Friday from Midterm to Easter

Food Dudes: Beginning on 9th March and running for 16 days

Staff Webinar: School closes  on Wednesday 16th March 2022 at 12.30pm

St. Patrick’s Day parade: Thursday 17th March 2022

Friday 18th March 2022  – School closed

Tractor run: Sunday 27th March 2022

Confirmation: Wednesday 6th April 2022 at 2pm

Hurling/camogie training after Easter

Gymnastics : Junior Infants- 2nd class (from 9th May – 20th June 2022)

Pilates: 3rd class – 6th class (from 9th May – 20th June 20220

First Holy Communion: Saturday 21st May 2022 at 11am

Friday 10th June 2022: School closed



School Calendar 2021/2022

  •  Return to school on Monday 30th August 2021

(New Junior Infants can be collected at 12.15pm from 30th August-10th September 2021)


  • Staff Webinar (Primary Language Curriculum) – School closes on Wednesday 6th October 2021 at 12pm


  • October Mid-term: school closed – Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October 2021 inclusive


  • Christmas Holidays: School closes Wednesday 22nd December 2021 at 12pm and re-opens Thursday 6th January 2022


  • February Mid-term: school closed – Thursday 24th and Friday 25th February 2022


  • Staff Webinar (Primary Language Curriculum) – School closes on Wednesday 16th March at 12.30pm


  • St. Patrick’s Day: Thursday 17th & Friday 18th March 2022


  • Easter Holidays: School closes on Friday 8th April 2022 at 12pm  and re-opens Monday 25th April 2022


  • May Bank Holiday: Monday 2nd May 2022


  • June Bank Holiday: Monday 6th June 2022


  • Friday 10th June 2022 – School closed


  • Summer Holidays: School closes Thursday 23rd June 2022 at 12pm

Our Official Opening times are

9.10 am-1.50 pm (Junior and Senior Infants)
9.10 am-2.50 pm (First Class-Sixth Class)