About Us

Ballagh NS would like to extend a warm welcome to all pupils and parents.

Ballagh NS is located 8km outside Roscommon town. It is a 2 teacher school with a shared learning support and resource teacher. It is a mixed school with 34 pupils. Our highly skilled and experienced staff provide a broad curriculum and a wide range of activities. Our staff cater for and nurture the individual talents and needs in each student. Our low pupil teacher ratio allows for more effective teaching and learning. Each and every child is given the opportunity to taste success regularly. There is a strong sense of community spirit and a high level of co-operation between staff, pupils and parents which makes it the happy school it is.

School Staff

Principal and Class teacher – Ruth O’Connor
Class teacher – Audrey Nolan
Special Education Teacher – Deirdre Judge
Secretary – Miriam Banahan

Brief History of Ballagh NS

Ballagh National School is situated in the parish of Kilgefin. The school is built opposite Ballagh Church. Ballagh NS is a two teacher school.

In about 1850, a native of Cloonageera, Co. Roscommon, James J Dowling immigrated to Missouri, America. He never forgot his roots and passed on his love of Ballagh and the surrounding area to his children. Mr Dowling’s son, John J Dowling, made a contribution of £1,000 to the parish to erect a new school. The school was erected as a memorial to the late James J Dowling by V. Rev Canon M J O’Reilly in 1953. The two teachers at that time were Mr. Dan Dalton and Monica King.