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 102 children enrolled in our school. We have 5 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, gymnastics, swimming, dance, basketball 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, drama, quizzes, yoga, meditation,  tin whistle, guitar, Christmas musicals/plays, carol services and much more.

This school year 2023/24, we are celebrating 150 years of Ballinacarriga N.S. We will be introducing and using our 3D printer. We will be holding a carol service and concentrating our School Self Evaluation on Wellbeing with yoga, a coffee morning, meditation, Friends for Life and online safety lessons.

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

Confirmation :   Wednesday 10th April at 12.30pm

First Holy Communion :  Saturday 27th April at 11am


Gymnastics (Infants)

Thursday 22nd February 2024

Thursday 29th February 2024

Thursday 7th March 2024

Thursday 14th March 2024

Thursday 21st March 2024


School Calendar 2023/24

  •        Return to school on Wednesday 30th August 2023

(New Junior Infants can be collected at 12.30pm from 30th August-13th September 2023)

  •        October Mid-term: school closed – Monday 30th October – Friday 3rd November 2023 inclusive
  •        Staff Training day: school closed – Thursday 23rd November
  •        Christmas Holidays: School closes Friday 22nd December 2023 at 12pm and re-opens Monday 8th January 2024
  •        February Bank Holiday: Monday 5th February 2024
  •        February Mid-term: school closed – Thursday 15th  & Friday 16th February 2024
  •        Patrick’s Day: Monday 18th March 2024
  •        Easter Holidays: School closes on Friday 22nd March 2024 at 12pm and re-opens Monday 8th April 2024
  •        May Bank Holiday: Friday 3rd & Monday 6th May 2024
  •        June Bank Holiday: Monday 3rd June 2024
  •        Summer Holidays: School closes Friday 21st June 2024 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)