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Turning on of the Christmas lights in the Cork County Hall

County Mayor Declan Hurley  invited our whole school to attend the turning on of the Christmas lights in the Cork County Hall on Wednesday 6th December.  We had the opportunity to sing Christmas carols on this special day.  Thank you to Declan for this honour as a day of enjoyment was had by all. 

Irish Pony Society

Heather Cooley in 6th class was weighed down with prizes after attending the Irish Pony Society Cork area and national awards recently. We are very proud of her achievements and wish her all the best in the future!! 

Randal Óg’s visit

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We are very happy to welcome Niamh Whelton, our new Special Needs Assistant to Ballinacarriga NS. Niamh has part time hours in the school so will usually in here in the mornings.

Stella and Niamh will make a fantastic new Special Needs team.

Farrah & Margaret Win Library Bus Competition!

Former pupils Margaret Collins & Farrah Healy won a competition to have their art pieces displayed on the side of the brand new West Cork Library Bus!! They entered this competition last May when in 6th class.

Farrah wrote a positive reading adage of her own making – “If you read cover to cover, you speak head to head.”

Margaret drew a picture of with an inspirational Irish sentence she made up herself – “Tá an bus leabharlainne ag dul ó cheann go ceann.”

The new bus was launched at an event in the Parkway Hotel on Friday 1st September, hosted by Declan Hurley, Mayor of County Cork.

Well done to both girls!

School tour

  1. The Glen Resource Centre was a fantastic location for our school tour!! The children were kept busy all day with zip wiring, bungee jumping, zorbing, etc!! Perfect weather conditions too!!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day




Our theme for this year’s parade was Saint Brigid. The infants did a great job as Brigid’s followers.

Gaeilge do Thuismitheoirí

Here are a few phrases to help you encourage Irish at home
Bain triail as! = Try it/Give it a go
Cad is ainm duit? … is ainm dom. = What’s your name? … is my name.
Cá bhfuil…? = Where is…?
Níl a fhios agam. = I don’t know.
N’fheadar! = I don’t know!
Codladh sámh! = Sleep well.
Oíche mhaith! = Good night
Seán bocht! / Niamh bocht! = Poor Seán!/Poor Niamh!
Stop den phleidhcíocht! = Stop messing.
Ceart go leor! = Ok!
An bhfuil tú ceart go leor? = Are you ok?
Tá brón orm! = I’m sorry
Is breá liom… = I love…
Go bhfóire Dia orainn! = God help us!
Am lóin atá ann. = It’s lunchtime.
Cuir slacht ar an seomra. = Tidy the room!
Déan deifir! = Hurry up!
Brostaigh! = Hurry up!
Bunoscionn. = Upside down.
Táim trína chéile. = I’m addled!
Idir eatarthu = In between.
Cén t-am é? = What time is it?
An bhfuil cead agam dul… = May I go…
Mo thrua thú! = Poor you!
Isteach leat! = In you go!
Amach leat! = Out you go!
Go raibh maith agat. = Thanks.
Go raibh míle maith agat. = Thanks very much.
Fáilte romhat. = You’re welcome.
Gabh mo leithscéal. = Excuse me!
Slán! = Goodbye!
Slán go fóill. = Goodbye for now!
Is maith liom… = I like…
Is breá liom… = I love…
Ní maith liom… = I don’t like…
Is fuath liom… = I hate…
Cad atá ar an teilifís? = What’s on television?
Cad atá á dhéanamh agat? = What are you doing?
Maith thú! = Well done!/Good for you!
Ar aghaidh leat! = Off you go!
An bhfuil scáth fearthainne agat? = Do you have your umbrella?
An bhfuil do mhála scoile agat? = Do you have your school bag?
An bhfuil do mhála spóirt agat? = Do you have your sports bag?
An bhfuil do bhróga peile agat? = Do you have your football boots?
An bhfuil do chulaith shnámha agat? = Do you have your swimsuit?
An bhfuil aon obair bhaile agat? = Have you any homework?

Great Gear Bags

Great Gear Bags!


  • The 4th, 5th and 6th class Junior Entrepreneur students in Ballinacarriga N.S. are proud to present Great Gear Bags!
  • These gear bags are fantastic as you can get them personalised with your initials and the school name.
  • Costing just €30 and available in a variety of colours (red, green or blue) this gear bag is sure to make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Contact us any morning in the senior classroom to order your bag today!
  • For more information see our school website
  • Call us on 023-8845944
  • Email us on

*Closing date for orders is Friday March 3rd  

Junior Entrepreneur programme

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Snow is falling

We were all delighted to see the snow today and enjoyed having a run around in it before it melted.


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Santa was here!!!!

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Christmas Concert 2016

What a fabulous night we had on Thursday 15th December 2016 in Ballinacarriga Hall. The Junior & Senior Infants recreated the Nativity for us to start the night and after that all the children from Ballinacarriga NS took part in the Musical Aladdin! There were smiles all round and a good time was had by all! The night was finished off with some festive tunes! Thanks to all the children who played their tin whistles, guitars & accordions! dscf2448 img_7087 img_7113 img_7116 img_7121 img_7138 img_7155 img_7188 img_7218 img-20161215-wa0001

Quiz Winners

We would like to congratulate the winning team, “Teacher’s Pets” who won the first Parent’s Association table quiz in Tots on Saturday 26th Nov. Well done to David Hicks, Patsy Dineen, Triona McCarthy and Cillian McCarthy.

We would also like to thank the Parents Association who put a lot a time and effort into the organisation of this event. The Parents Association is made up of Ann O Mahony, Irene O Donovan, Sharon O Donovan, Mairéad O Driscoll, Mairéad Walsh and Anna O Neill.

Congratulations to all involved for making it a very enjoyable night. quiz-winners

Table Quiz

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Back Boundary Wall

The back boundary was completed over the summer holidays.DSCF2312


1916 Proclamation Day

There was  a special ceremony of music, dance and drama to celebrate the 1916 Proclamation followed by the raising of our National Flag.  A very enjoyable day was had by all !012029012

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St. Brigid’s Crosses

The boys and girls were busy this week making St. Brigid’s crosses for Sunday mass in Ballinacarriga church.  They worked very hard and made lovelIMG_8731y crosses.  Well done everyone !