Summer Newsletter 2019

Summer Newsletter June 2019


Current enrolment: 447 pupils. Staff: 25 teachers, 5 SNA’s.

Board of Management

Thanks to the BOM Members, Frank Moran, Tom Conway, Deborah Hegarty, Martina Comerford, Mairead Cullivan, Paul Flood and Margaret Murphy, who are extremely supportive of Scoil Maelruain and have been kept busy this year. Many thanks to Louise Kananagh who served on the Board for three years. Deborah Hegarty has replaced her. The BOM annual report may be viewed on the school website.

Parents Association

Our Parents’ Association have been very active this year. In the last month they have organised the Confirmation reception, coffee morning for parents of incoming third class students and the sixth class disco. They funded Internet safety talks by Zeeko, purchased books for paired reading, subsidised the cycling course for sixth class students and gave a generous contribution towards our transport costs.

All in Scoil Maelruain are very appreciative of all this support.

Highlights of The Year

Peace Proms Concert

  • Ms. Murphy’s choir performed in the Peace Prom concert in the R.D.S. at the end of January. It was a fantastic occasion. Over two thousand children sang with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. The event was very well organised. Well done to Ms. Murphy and her choir. A lot of hard work was put into this concert. Thanks also to Ms. McEvoy, Ms. McHugh and Ms. Conlon who helped out on the day.

Credit Union Quiz

A huge thank you to Ms. Walsh who organised the teams for the Credit Union Quiz again this year. They put in a lot of work during lunch time expanding their general knowledge. We had three senior teams. Josh Byrne, Cassandra Bridgeman, Aaron Glasgow and Dave Tipping finished in 2nd place in their round. The other two senior teams consisted of Anna Beaufort, Max Kavanagh Keane, Aaron Brown and Mia Flood, Faroug Nour, Alex Giglione. James Webb and Grace Leigh.

Our Junior team of Noel Nivin, David McCaffrey, Callum Cummins and Nena Nivin finished 1st in their round and represented the school in the All Ireland Finals in the R.D.S. Our other junior team of Cian Hoey, Cian O’Sullivan, Layla Ryan and Amy Casey came second in their round

    Wicked The Musical

    Our musical this year was an amazing success. Thank you to all the teachers involved in the theatrical extravaganza, Ms. McEvoy, Ms. Kennedy, Ms. Biesty, Ms. Gibson and Mrs. J. O Reilly. The cast and crew were fantastic, thanks to all who took part on stage – the Ozians, Cassandra Bridgeman, Zara Flood, Mia Flood, David Flood, Katelyn Mackessy, Eva Casey, Erin Cahill, Alex Giglione and those who worked behind the scenes.

    Talent Show

    • Our annual talent show took place on the 28th February. It was a fantastic event and we are so proud of all the talent that was on display. A huge thank you to Ms. McHugh who runs the talent show each year.

    • We had 3 winners.

    • Clarice’s Raffle – A Drama by Ella Healy, Amelia Sage, Hannah Kavanagh Barry and Aminata Byrne Ba.

    • John Day singing Never Enough

    • Anjali Sarojini playing Despacito on the violin.


      Chess club took place every Monday after school, facilitated by Mr. Lucas and thanks to Connie who also helped out. They played 6 matches against other schools in the Tallaght Chess League. Over 40 children took part over the year. Scoil Maelruain beat St. Ann’s in the chess final and retained the shield.

      Write a Book Competition

      Well done to all the pupils who took part in the Write a Book competition this year. The prize giving ceremony took place in Dublin West Education Centre on Tuesday June 11th. Congratulations to all the winners.

      3rd class

      Ms. Ryan – Jacob Joseph and Holly Mahon

      4th class

      Ms. Conlon – Elvin Varghese

      Mrs. J. O’Reilly – Katelyn Cahill and Jack Ryder

      6th class

      Ms. Young – Kelly Fang and Mia Flood



      Thanks to Mr. Moore, Ms. Byrne, Mr. DePaor, Ms. Cobbe, Mr. Kelly & Ms Cleary for the help training all our teams.  The senior hurlers performed very well this year. Two wins out of three in the group stage. They suffered a gallant defeat in the quarter finals after a long trip to Skerries. The Junior 5th class team won the hurling league, a fantastic result winning every match they played. A big congratulations to Ms. Cleary and Ms. Cobbe. Great hope for next year. Junior 4th performed very well against some of Dublin’s biggest hurling schools. They will do very well next year in the 5th class league.


      Paula McGuigan, Ms. Young and Ms. Hogan had a successful season with the senior camogie girls this year, winning all their matches well in the group stages and topping their group. The girls made it to  the quarter final this year. It was played in Thomas Davis against Scoil Mobhí. After a great battle and playing their hearts out, the girls sadly lost out. A very enjoyable season was had by all involved.

      • Athletics:

      • Over sixty children travelled to Morton Stadium in Santry on two dates this year. A huge thanks to Ms. Walsh, Ms. Ryan and Mrs. J O’Reilly who put in a massive amount of time training the athletes everyday since before Easter. We are participating in Division 1. We won 11 medals on Day 2 which is fantastic. The boys (Eoin Foley, Shane Phelan, Tyler Lambe, Adrian and Harry Valentine) and girls (Morgane Berigan, Eve Coleman, Ciara Nugent, Keelin Galvin and Hannah Kavanagh Barry) got medals in the 4 x 100m relay. Well done to Seán Honer who finished second in the 100m sprint.  Congratulations to Mia Halpin and Arya Moradi who both won gold in the shot putt. Both of them throwing the shot putt the furthest out of all the schools represented on the day. Well done to Alex Giglione and Daniel Osho who both won silver medals in the hurdles.

      Cross Country:

      We had the best year ever with participation in cross country. Thanks to the teachers led by Mr. Broderick, Ms. Ryan, Ms. Cobbe, Ms. Byrne and Connie who spent their lunch time helping with cross country. This is such a great opportunity for the children to improve their fitness.


        • There was great participation in basketball again this year. The coaches, Mrs. J. O’Reilly, Ms. Branigan, Ms. Ryan and Ms. Callaly are delighted with their progress.

        • The boys and girls participated in events on May 27th and May 30th in the basketball arena supervised by Ms. Callaly, Ms. Branigan, Ms Ryan and Mrs. J O Reilly. They all had a great time.

        School Sports Day:

        We held our annual sports day on Thursday 20th June. It was a great success. Thanks to all the teachers who organised the games and a special thanks to our past pupils who returned to help with the refereeing. Check out the photos on the school website.


        Thank you to all the teachers who prepared the pupils so well for their confirmation on Friday June 7th. Everything went very well and we were very proud of all the children.

        Active Week:

        The promotion of activity in our school is wonderful and a great thanks to all the teachers who make our school an active school.

        • All classes run 5 laps each day to complete a marathon over 100 days.

        • Hoops and beanbag games are organised at lunchtime by the Active School Committee.

        • Active homework is given once a fortnight.

        • Active school week took place 10th – 14th June.

        • Active school poster organised by the committee to promote Active School Week was held in June.

        School Tours:

        3rd Class Tour – Malahide Castle and Park

        4th Class Tour – Causey Farm

        5th Class Tour – Croke Park and Malahide Park

        6th Class Tour – Cavan Crystal Maze

        Student Council:

        This year the Student Council was represented by David Flood, Mia Flood, Zara Flood, Sean Murphy, Lily Campbell, Jason Crowley, Katie Holohan Brady, Jake Redmond, Abigail Lawlor Kelly, Jack Healy and Charlotte Tolan. They were very busy organising interviews for the new student council, helping out with the school raffle at Wicked, thinking of incentives to increase attendance in school. Children now can get extra yard time when attendance is high across the school. The Student Council organised for 6th class to take part in a letter writing competition where they put forward ideas about why our school deserves extra funding. They were successful and money raised was spent on Math Board Games.

        School Visits

        Between school trips and visitors to the school, this is a sample of other activities that children got to experience this year.  Bodhrán classes, Wood Turning, Theatre visits, 6th class retreat, Engineers week trips to Tallaght Library & Tallaght IT and walking tours of Tallaght.

        Sponsored Walk

        The sponsored walk which took place on Friday May 10th was a fantastic success once again. A sincere thank you to everyone who fundraised and contributed this year. We raised just over €7000.

        School Website

        Check out the school website for photos, news and information.


        Follow us on twitter @maelruain

        On behalf of all in Scoil Maelruain I’d like to wish our sixth class pupils every success in the future. It was a pleasure having them in our school and I am confident that they will have bright futures. We hope they will look back on their time in Scoil Maelruain with fond memories.

        A sincere thanks to all the teachers and ancillary staff who work  tirelessly all year to make Scoil Maelruain the school it is.

        Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday.

        School reopens on Thursday August 29th

        Complied by Ms. D. O’Reilly