Díolacháin - Budding Entrepreneurs in Eglish

We held our annual 'Díolacháin' on December 16th.  Many of the Senior Room made their own crafts and /or came up with their own innovative ways to make money.  Students who came up with their own idea for their stall got to keep 85% of the money they made.  It was a fun day for all and very fruitful for many.




Showing empathy for the victims of the recent earthquake in Amatrice in Italy

We held 'Earth Day' at the end of September to raise money for the victims of the recent earthquake in Amatrice.  On this day, we brought in €2 each to wear our old clothes, clothes we could comfortably plant, weed and explore the beauty of the earth in.  We had special lessons in which we learned about and sang about the beauty and power of the earth.  We were reminded of what we can do to look after and protect it.  img_7869.jpg

All in all, we raised €150 which the Erasmus Plus delegation from our school brought to Faenza, Italy with them in October and presented to our partner school there to be put towards the rebuilding of the school in Amatrice that was destroyed in the earthquake.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered.  It feels good to help others.


Changemaker School


Very proud of the demographic make-up of our school, we actively foster and create a safe, supportive environment in which ALL of our students feel cherished, stimulated and proud to be the best version of themselves. For us it's about mutual respect.

We see a huge opportunity, through nurturing all our students’ self-worth and self-confidence for us to challenge any existing prejudices in society and move beyond them.  We aim to empower our students to be ‘Changemakers’, role models for their brothers, sisters, cousins and neighbours.  Through encouraging creativity, we help every child find their passion and interest and develop it.  This year our students wrote, produced and acted in their own Irish play.  Making and selling their own crafts at our annual ‘Bring and Buy’ Sale, entrepreneurial skills are developed.

We frequently and actively celebrate diversity in all its forms, always reinforcing that ‘We are all, more alike than different’.  Erasmus projects give us a deepened sense of how small our world is.

Through School Self Evaluation, Oral Language was identified as most in need of focus and attention.  With one third of students assessed as having a Speech and Language Difficulty, another big dilemma was the apparent reticence of students from the Travelling Community to share information about their backgrounds.  Concerned also about how much time many students seemed to spend passively on Technology in their free time, to the apparent detriment of their communication skills, here lay the challenge and here lay the opportunity. 

We are a small school with a big vision, a vision of all our children communicating clearly and confidently, expressing coherently their thoughts, feelings, hopes and dreams, listening empathically to one another, developing keen skills of evaluation and using technology as the tremendous tool that it is to enhance their presentations but not being mastered by technology. 

Using the ‘LET’s Stand’ (Listen, Evaluate, Talk, Stand) programme  we encourage, enable and empower students to stand and present in front of an audience a minimum of 10 times a year, in every year of their Primary School Education.  Each child speaks on topics relevant to their lives, all the while developing, step-by-step specific Public Speaking skills.  Peer and Teacher feedback and evaluation is positive and specific.  We get excited about topics that excite our students.  ‘LET’s Stand’ targets the development of children’s Oral Language, Confidence and Public Speaking skills at a time when they, themselves most want to talk. This also feeds into the development of positive mental health practises. 

History boasts plenty of examples of great orators who have changed the world by standing up and speaking out.  We are creating confident, communicatively competent orators for the future.  Positive, powerful and passionate advocates for themselves and their communities.

Encouraging our students to talk has been easy because they want to be heard.  Slightly more difficult is creating the safe, supportive environment in which this can happen.  By spending the time initially on clearly outlining and explaining the simple, respectful rules for ‘Listening’, ‘Evaluating’ and ‘Speaking’, the rest more easily falls into place. 

Discrete Oral Language time can be used for student presentations while many projects are easily linked to other curriculum subjects.  Assigning preparation of oral projects for homework is a great way of getting the parents and extended family involved, promoting further increased communication and sharing of stories and culture at home.  It’s homework that is not confined to being completed around the table.

Our staff conscientiously model the skills we aim to develop in our students.  We actively listen to them.  Working as a team, individual members of staff take the lead in their preferred areas of interest and create real opportunities for students to do the same.

We realise that not simply teaching, we are moulding the young minds of rural Ireland, cultivating confident, clearly communicating leaders who can and will change the world for the good of us all.

Soccer training by Cian

Mr ó Leochain does soccer training every Monday evening from 3:15 to 4:15 in school. It was very funny because Mr Ó Leochain was doing it. Yes I enjoy it a lot. What I remember most about it was that I was a goal keeper. When we go on tournaments I play in goals for Eglish because that’s what I’m good at. I was practicing every morning and evening, that’s how got on the team. We do goal of the year and if you score a good goal you write it down on a sheet of paper and at the end of the year you might get a trophy. When we entered the tournament we lost it but we have another tournament coming up soon between a few schools.

Fergal the Dentist visits Eglish

Fergal, the school dentist, visited Eglish Ns today with wisdom for us all about how to look after our pearly whites.

He told us how to brush our teeth

- 5 circles on the front top and bottom teeth

- 10 at the back top and bottom teeth

Then brush up and down inside and along the surfaces. 

He said mouthwash has been proven to work best if used at a different time of a day to brushing.


He recommended that we continue to eat fruit and vegetables but suggested eating a little cube of cheese after fruit to neutralise the acid and sugar. He warned against eating raisins as snacks.

He said sugary cereals should as Cocopops and Frosties were not good for our teeth. 

The best drinks according to Dentist Fergal were Milk and Water. Ribena and Fruit Juices should not be drank every day.

Thanks for all the information Dentist Fergal.

Creative Schools Award - Eglish Students meet Síle Seoige

A number of students from the Senior Room of Eglish Ns proudly travelled to The Arc Cultural Centre in Temple Bar in Dublin on May 31st 2016 to receive a well-deserved Creative Schools Award, presented by Síle Seoige, for their project 'From Script to Stage'. The project which encompassed a number of month's work saw the students create, produce and preform an innovative and creative story commemorating the events of 1916 with a modern twist.  The characters from 1916, victims of foul weather, time travel to the present day for a funny, thought provoking spell in the jungle  of 'I'm a Celebrity. Get me out of here'. The drama the students wrote and produced as Gaeilge was staged as part of the school's award winning Scoil Dramaíocht entry.  A blog about the creative process can be found at www.eglishnationalschool.blogspot.com. We couldn't be prouder of our students for their creativity and persistence.

Well done





Active Week

image_19.jpegWhat a busy week we have been having. No wonder we are tired. We've enjoyed:

-Penalties against the Principal and other Staff

-Múinteor Bainisteoir

-Running a collective marathon.

-Hula hoopathon - Well done to our Hula Hoop Queen - Kate who had to twirl the Hula Hoop for over FORTY MINUTES.

-Skipper of the Week Competition - Well done to our second time champion, Daniel, who impressed us all with skill and speed.

And that's all before Sport's Day.

Thanks to everyone for participating and mostly for adding to the fun of an exhausitng but rewarding week.


Beautiful Weather

The children have been exploring the big field and the many wild flowers that grow there during the recent spell of hot weather here at Eglish.

Eglish Chicks


The Senior Room pupils, under the gentle guidance of Mr O Leochain have hatched out seven chicks.

They are so fluffy and cute!

See them here under the red lamp to keep them warm.


Spring Clean




We really enjoyed our spring clean in the yard. It is very important to pick up litter that you see.

Green Green Its Always Green

Keep Eglish Sparkling Clean

Sionnach na hEaglaise

He's back. Our fox came to visit again last week.


We have a friendly fox who comes to visit at night time. Check out this photograph taken from above as he nibbles on dinner.



Irish Play 2016

Our award winning play 'Aimsir Chaite, Aimsir Láithreach, Aimsir Úafásach' will be staged in Gullanes on Monday March 15th at 7.30pm. Come and see our students from 1st -  6th class perform a mash up  of 1916 Ireland and modern day. This play was written by a number of students in the senior room.

Prepare to be entertained.


Energy Workshop for all our students

This year we are working towards our Green Flag for Energy.  We are keeping a close eye on how much electricity we use and how we can help our school to be more energy efficient.  Will from St. Brigid's Garden presented some excellent, informative workshops in our school on February 01st.  We learned a lot from these interactive workshops.  Thanks Will and Guzzler.image_245.jpg

Irish Play

The Middle and Senior Rooms are taking part in the Scoil Dramaíocht competition in early February. Our play was written by a number of students in 5th and 6th Class and commemerates the 1916 Rising with a modern twist. Well done. 

If anyone would like to help out with costumes (particularly soldier costumes) and painting the backgrounds please contact Ms Moore. We welcome everyone's participation to get the show on the road!

The Bird Box

This week we put up a bird box behind the sports shed. We put in a camera so we can see what birds are in the area. More Info coming soon.



Back to the past


We learned about a skillet, a tilly lamp, a storm lamp & a smoothing iron. Thank you Bernie P for opening the door to the past. Rachel

Good luck Ms.Hussey

Unfortunately, some of you may know that our senior room teacher Ms.Hussey is leaving to be principal of a different primary school. Kilkonnel primary school will be her new home. She will be missed dearly. Goodbye,good luck and thank you Ms.Hussey 

-Eddie ward


As you all know New Zealand  won the rugby world cup. As usual they did the haka before the match started. At Eglish the senior room teacher thought us to do the haka against our opposing team.

 By Eddie, Ellen and Nora

Parent's Night

On Wednesday November 11th  2015 Eglish N.S held a parent's night. It included singing by our excellent school choir , speeches from seven of our students, our school manager Goretti Newell and a speaker from the National Parents Council . The school held a party for the students while the parents had refreshments in our staff room.  It was a roaring success and we hope to do it again in future years here in Eglish.
By Laura Adam and Ellen 

Fraction Fun

Who ever thought that fractions  could be fun.... and tasty.  Tomorrow we are making pizzas to help us learn more about fraction yum yum.... Nora, Eddie and Ellen.


Changemaker School

History boasts plenty of examples of great orators who have changed the world by standing up and speaking out. We are creating confident, communicatively competent orators for the future.

Read more

Changemaker School

History boasts plenty of examples of great orators who have changed the world by standing up and speaking out. We are creating confident, communicatively competent orators for the future.

Read more