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 85 children enrolled in our school. We have 4 classroom teachers, 1 Special Education Teacher, 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 4 Green Flags and are working towards the fifth, the Biodiversity Flag. 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, tin whistle, guitar, dance, Christmas musicals/plays, carol services and many more.

This school year 2019/20, we are concentrating on Biodiversity, planting vegetables, creating a bee garden and promoting friendships.

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.


Latest News & Upcoming Events

  • Yoga with Lisa Kingston starting on Wednesday 6th November for 6 weeks
  • Tag Rugby (3rd-6th class) – every Monday for 6 weeks
  • Dunmanway Christmas Market – Thursday 28th November
  • The school will close on Tuesday 3rd December to facilitate in-service training for the teachers.
  • Book Fair  Monday 2nd – Friday 6th December
  • Christmas Carol Service & Nativity – Thursday 12th December


School Calendar 2019 / 2020

Christmas Holidays: School closes Friday 20th  December at 12pm and re-opens Monday 6th January

February Mid-term: School closed  –  Thursday 20th and Friday 21st February

St. Patrick’s Day Observance: School closed  –  Monday 16th  & Tuesday 17th March

Easter Holidays: School closes on Friday 3rd  April at 12pm  and re-opens Monday 20th April

May Bank Holiday: School closed  –  Monday 4th May

June Bank Holiday: School closed  –  Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd  June

Summer Holidays: School closes Wednesday 24th  June 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)