Táin March 2018

Last Friday was a very exciting day for pupils from 3rd to 6th class as they travelled to Rathcroghan Heritage Centre to greet Queen Medb and her warriors as they set out on their long walk across the country.  Earlier in the week the children took part in a workshop with Heritage Expert Chris, where they learned all about the ancient saga, of Queen Medb of Connacht’s desire to possess the Great Brown Bull of Cooley, Donn Cuailnge.  In memory of this legendary event, an annual Táin March takes place, starting at Rathcroghan.  The boys and girls looked spectacular in their costumes and the history of the Táin March came alive for them for an afternoon in Tulsk.

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WOW Day at Ballagh NS

The sun shone on us as we walked to school on National WOW Day.  What a great way to start the day.

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Scríobh Leabhar Success

A big congratulations to all our prize winners in the Scríobh Leabhar competition run by the Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre.  The children had to design and write an Irish story book.  They are pictured below receiving their certificates of achievement.Scríobh Leabhar

Connacht Rugby Halftime Show

There was great excitement before Easter when we learned that the senior room pupils in Ballagh NS had been selected to take part in the Halftime show at the Connacht V Edinburgh Rugby match at the Sportsground in Galway on March 23rd.  The 12 children from 3rd to 6th class travelled by bus to Galway with teacher, Ms. Nolan and Principal, Ms. O’Connor.  It was a wonderful experience for the children to form the guard of honour as the Connacht and Edinburgh players ran out on the pitch to begin their match.  After a very enjoyable first half, the children eagerly took to the pitch for their chance to play rugby in this renowned Sportsground Stadium in front of a large crowd. We would like to thank Connacht Rugby for organising this event.

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A message from our Green Schools Team


Please Remember our Ballagh National School Green Code:




Weather permitting we hope to hold a WOW before or directly after the Midterm break from Niamh Hanley’s house..more information will issue via Text a Parent.


Recent Walk to School Commendation Award Winners

Come rain or shine the following pupils are making great “strides” to walk to school….well done to our Junior pupils for reducing their carbon footprint even in the most inclement weather conditions.




We hope to shortly recommence our Walk to School initiative and we would love to see plenty of people walking to school  everyday or join us on our WOW Days….please remember safety comes first:

1,2,3, Safe Cross,

4,5,6, Safe Cross,

1,2,3,4,5,6, Safe Cross Code

Remember, one, look for a safe place

two, don’t hurry, stop and wait,

three, look all around and listen before you cross the road,

remember, four, let all the traffic pass you

five, then walking straight across you

six, keep watching,

that’s the Safe Cross Code!!!!!



Our New Year ‘Bike to School’ tips from Green Schools Ireland

Travel theme

As many of us already know, cycling is a great form of exercise; an efficient form of travel; and a useful way to wake up and gear up for the day ahead. If you received a new bike for Christmas or have set a resolution to cycle to school this year, beginning to cycle for the first time can be a nervous yet exciting experience especially for Cycle on Wednesday Days!

Some of you may have received new bicycles for Christmas but, new or used, always ensure your bike is in working order before beginning a journey.  Check your brakes work, the tyres are the correct pressure, the chain is nicely greased and that your gears work – if you have them. Oh and don’t forget to bring your lock to keep your bike nice and safe at school.

If you are new to cycling to school then you may want to think about, and plan, your journey. A useful way of getting familiar with your route and confident is to cycle with someone more experienced. Alternatively, you may want to cycle on a quieter day e.g. Saturday or Sunday.

Cycle mindfully – by this I mean: be aware of your surroundings and never take for granted that people can see you or know what you are going to do and vice versa. Always cycle responsibly (respect the rules of the road) and safely.  If you have to cycle on a footpath at any part of your journey to school remember you are the guest and always give priority to pedestrians.

Cycle your way – be it cycling in your school uniform, cycling a racer to cycling a BMX, it is really important that you cycle your way and enjoy how you do.

If you can’t cycle to school then don’t be disheartened, there are many ways to enjoy the bicycle e.g. socially with your friends; as a sport – join a club and or go mountain biking or on your school holidays.



Community Games Winners

Great success at the recent Community Games Art and Handwriting competitions when 10 of our pupils received awards.

Congratulations to Anthony, Lyndsey, David, Emily, Rachel, Jasmine, Anna, Katie, Sophie & Ava.Congratulations to Anthony, Lyndsey, David, Emily, Rachel, Jasmine, Anna, Katie, Sophie & Ava

Christmas in Ballagh NS

There was great fun and Christmas cheer at our recent Christmas Carol Serivce

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Christmas Shoebox Appeal

A big thank you to our wonderful pupils who supported the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal so generously again this year.P1020626

Fantastic Scientific Success for Ballagh NS

There was great excitement when Ballagh NS were announced winners at the Scifest Science Fair in the CBS Roscommon recently.   The students in 3rd to 6th class entered two projects in the competition.  The winning project was entitled “Can video games trigger an adrenaline response?” and the scientists involved in this were Seán Rohan, Mark Cullen, Jasmine Gibbons, Niamh Hanley, David Cox and Ruairí Gibbons.  Our second project “Does Tea and other substances stain your Teeth” was compiled by Lyndsey Gibbons, Rachel Trimble Higgins, Michéal Farrell, Áine Madden, Emily Ryan and Anthony Cox,  This project was also very highly praised.  Well done to all the students who presented their work in such a professional manner.

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Anya wins Taste of the Lakelands Art Competition

A big congratulations to Anya in Senior Infants, who won first prize in the Jnr/Snr Infants category of the Taste of the Lakelands Art Competition.  This competition was open to all  local Primary Schools so it was a super achievement to be awarded 1st prize.  Anya proudly displays her wonderful drawing and also the Mega Colouring Set which was presented to her.Anya with her prize Anya's winning picture