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  • Jimmy Curran Cup

Round 1
Réalt na Mara GNS v Donore

This was the inaugural game of the new Jimmy Curran Cup. After the success of the Cooney Cup and Cois Farraig Cup it was the girls turn to show their skills on the pitch.
In arctic conditions the Donacarney girls took to the field to take on the might of Donore. Donacarney took the lead early on with an excellent point from Clodagh Gorman. This set the scene for the first half as Réalt na Mara notched up the score with the assistance of a very strong breeze.
The game was certainly one of two halves. Donore came back fighting in the second half and with the strong wind still blowing they narrowed the score gradually throughout the game. However, the Donacarney girls dug deep, and with great determination saw off the Donore revival.

Round 2
Réalt na Mara v Stamullen
15th Of March 2018
With a win under their belt and a series of training sessions working on the aspects of the game, Donacarney came prepared to Ardcath to face Stamullen.
The conditions were soft and a mud bath was likely. Grace Toolan got Donacarney on the score board with a fine point. This was followed by some beautiful scores from Bronagh Grant and Enya Kelly. Réalt na Mara were playing as a real team and did not let the wet conditions hamper their spirits. Donacarney led 6 points to 2 at half time.
The second half saw several changes, strengthening the team with fresh legs and determination. Beth Dalziel sured up the defence as Kate Ball surged forward to score another superb point and extend the lead.
A stellar performance all round gives Réalt na Mara their second win with s final score of 12 points to 3.
Next up Laytown.

  • Lá Glas

Lá Glas took place on Wednesday 13th March. The yard was filled with children wearing 40 shades of green, from top hats to trilby hats, sequined hairbands and shamrock accessories, leprechaun t-shirts and stripy green shirts. The girls performed the 'Haka Gaelach' while an aerial photo was being taken.

  • Céilí agus Craic.

Musicians from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann performed on Thursday 15th March in the hall. Teachers and pupils had great fun doing their aon, dó trí and joined in the dancing.

  • Zeeko Internet Safety Talk

The Internet Safety Talk will take place on Tuesday 15th May in school hall at 7pm. We would ask all parents from 2nd- 6th Class to make a special effort to attend this meeting.

  • Important Change of date.

School will open on Monday 23rd April as usual for children.The In-Service Day for teachers that was scheduled for that day will take place after school.

  • Seachtain na Gaeilge Tráth na gCeist.

The girls in 4th, 5th and 6th participated in a Tráth na gCeist organised by Ms De Bruyn on the 7th of March. Teams were made up of children from different classes, and the children listened to the questions over the intercom, and the questions were also displayed on the boards in the classes. The girls had a great time, and made a fantastic effort to answer the questions as Gaeilge. Maith Sibh!! The winning team will be announced on Friday the 16th of March.

  • February Assembly

During our February Assembly we celebrated the schools achievements on many fronts. Our 5th and 6th class quiz team were presented with their 3rd place prizes after a recent Credit Union quiz in Drogheda.
We also celebrated the runners that took part in the recent Rás in Oldbridge on the 18th February.
Mrs. McCartan presented the winners of the monthly Handwriting Awards with their prizes also.
Lastly Ms. Sorensen and Mrs. Roulstone prsented the winners of the recent Student Council Superhero poster competition with their prizes. Well done everyone.

  • Fighting Words

In March, Ms McGuinness’ second class received an opportunity to attend a ‘Fighting Words’ writing workshop in Dublin. This initiative was set up by renowned Irish author Roddy Doyle with the aim of encouraging young children to become more interested and involved in the writing process. During the workshop the children were treated in many ways as professional writers. They had an opportunity to engage with the creation of a story from the perspective of author, illustrator, editor and publisher. The writing workshop built on content we had covered during literacy lessons in school. The workshop facilitators discussed the important elements of story writing- the creation of believable characters, developing a plot, sequencing events in a story to include a clear beginning, middle and end, and finally, choosing an appropriate title.  The class group worked with a course facilitator to create their main character and story opening. A professional illustrator was also on hand to bring the children’s story to life through art! After that, the children were given time to write their own ending to the story and create some illustrations. The children then presented their work to a (slightly intimidating) editor, who was very surprised to discover that second class girls were capable of creating such an amazing story. He was delighted with their work and so decided to publish the girls’ story! The first part of their story was printed in hard copy and was also made available to read on The children also received a hard copy of their story so far. They will be adding to this as they re-draft and edit their own story endings in class. The children, teacher and parents had a productive and memorable day at ‘Fighting Words’. There may be some future authors, editors, publishers and illustrators in second class. In any case, the girls certainly proved that they can use some fighting words!

  • Rás Na hÉireann 2018

It was a misty, rainy day at Oldbridge but the Réalt Na Mara Girls all turned up to represent their school in the annual Rás Na hÉireann.  For some it was their first race ever!  For others it was their second race at Oldbridge.  These girls should be very proud of themselves, they showed great determination and stamina in the face of stiff competition from local and national running clubs. The conditions underfoot were slippy and challenging but they persevered.  Well done to all the girls who participated, your school is very proud of you. Well done and thanks also to all the Parents and siblings who came to support the girls.

  • Pyjama Day

On the 14th February we had a Pyjama Day in aid of Laura Lynn Children's hospice. This event was organised by our Student Council. Over 700 euro was raised. Thank you to everyone who donated to this very worthy cause.

  • Fighting Words

This week Ms. Colgan's 2nd class visited a Fighting Words workshop in Dublin. Fighting Words is an initiative set up by Irish author Roddy Doyle. The workshop focused on the children using their creative writing skills. Each child then returned home with their own book with their own individual ending.
Ms. McGuinness' class will attend workshop on 7th March.

  • Dates for your Diary

- School closed Monday 19th March due to Bank Holiday.
-Easter holidays- school closes at 12pm on Friday 23rd March.

  • Donacarney's afterschool Chess Club

  • P.A Spring Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

  • Grandparents’ Day 2018

We were delighted to invite Grandparents into school on Wednesday to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with us.  It was wonderful to have Fr Noel lead our prayer service.  The children listed all the ways in which their Grandparents help them and indeed the list was long.  All were blessed and uplifted by the readings, prayers and hymns.  It was a great start to our day and Eimear, Michelle and Ciara from the P.A topped it off with the cupán tae ag an deireadh.

  • Catholic Schools Week 28th January - 4th February 2018

Parents/Grandparents of the 6th class girls joined us in a prayer service to celebrate our Catholic School. Our school is a place of love and friendship. It is a place of learning, growing, playing and sharing. Our school family is made up of our teachers, our special needs assistants, our principal, our classmates and all who make our school a special family. We thank you, Lord for our family at school.

  • Science Fair

Congratulations to Ms. Brodigan's 6th class who had a stand at the B.T Young Scientist Awards in the RDS last week. Their experiment was 'Can we lower our recovery time after exercise in just one month?
It was the first time the school has been represented at the Science Fair. Well done to all involved.
Here are a few pics of 6th Class explaining their project to the school at January's Assembly.

  • January's Cultural Assembly.

  • Ms. Ward's afterschool Violin lessons

  • Fun at the Young Scientist in RDS

  • December Newsletter

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December Newsletter

  • Santa visits D.G.N.S

We had very special visitors join us on our final Walk on Wednesday before Christmas. Santa and Mrs Claus took time out of their busy schedule to lead our walk and afterwards visited classrooms to say a quick hello before heading back to the North Pole. A huge thank you to Santa and Mrs Claus.

  • December Assembly



  • Science Week 2017

The children had such an exciting Science Week in our school which was enhanced by lots of visitors.
We started our Science Week activities with a visit from Orla, a Scientist, from the company Anyone 4 Science.  She did workshops  with 3rd, 4th and 5th classes based on the topic of acids and bases. The girls had some hands-on fun while using their scientific skills at the same time.
In second class the girls were busy finding out about Forensic Science from Garda Sergeant McCartan. They found out how the gardaí use Science in their job and the girls got a chance to examine their own fingerprints closely too!
Science coordinator with Discover Primary Science Kathy Haigney visited junior infants to do a workshop on The Science of Sound. The girls had great fun investigating vibrations and how sound travels.
In 6th Class some of the girls were busy working on their electricity skills, making electronic quizzes and they worked on making geysers and rockets too, with the help of carbon dioxide.
Other 6th class girls were busy working on their project on Heart, Health and Fitness for the RDS Primary Science Fair where they will exhibit their findings in January 2018.
Finally senior infants and 1st class were given the opportunity to discover kinetic energy through looking at roller-coasters. Scott Ziglinsky (Mr. Z) from Elementary Engineering gave this fun and exciting workshop in the school hall and the girls thoroughly enjoyed experimenting, hypothesising, testing and concluding while having loads of fun.  What a fantastic way to finish Science Week 2017 in Réalt na Mara G.N.S.


  • Annual Christmas Collection- St Vincent De Paul.

Thank you to everyone who donated items towards the Christmas Hamper collection. The hampers were collected from each class on Monday 4th December.

  • Team Hope Shoebox Appeal

The Student Council, along with Ms Sorensen and Mrs Roulstone organised the Shoebox Appeal this year. As always, the girls of Réalt na Mara GNS were more than generous and altogether we collected a grand total of 165 shoeboxes!

These will be given to boys and girls in various countries, who are not as privileged as we are. It is so important to share what we have with those less fortunate, especially in the run up to Christmas.

We would like to say a very sincere thank you to all the parents who helped their children fill their boxes, without your support we could not do this, so thank you.

Here are a few pictures of the girls with all the shoeboxes. Also included are Mrs Roulstone and one of our helpers from the Grammar School who collected the boxes.

  • November Assembly

On Tuesday we had our monthly assembly. First of all, Mrs McCloughan read us a story from the bible about Lazarus and she highlighted the fact that November is the time of year that we remember those who've died.
Next it was the turn of the Student Council, led by Mrs Roulstone and Ms. Sorensen, to introduce themselves to the school. They also outlined the work they will be doing this year starting with the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal.
Mrs O'Reilly spoke to us about using Gaeilge in our school day and how on Tuesday 14th Of November it is 'Gaeilge gan stad Day' where we will be aiming to use as much Gaeilge as we can for 24 hours in school and at home.
Our Handwriters of the Month for September and October were presented with their prizes by Mrs Mc Cartan. The standard of writing in the school is very high and we aim to continue this.
Certificates were then presented to those in each class who worked very hard over the last few weeks. The teachers had a tough job picking just two girls in their class. We hope this continues throughout the school year.
Finally Ms. Linden's Art Club was mentioned and their beautiful art work  in the hall admired as two representatives explained how they went about completing it.

  • P.E timetable for 2018

Tennis:  commences for Junior Infants- 2nd Class on 19/4/18 for 6 weeks.

                 commences for 3rd class on 21/2/18 for 6 weeks.
                 commences for 2nd class on 18/4/18 for 6 weeks.

G.A.A training in school for 1st and 2nd: 13/3/18.


Parents' Association Minutes
Click on link below for October Minutes.
October Minutes

  • Introducing our new Green Schools Committee.

The new committee has been elected and they are looking forward to maintaining green practices in the school this year.

  • Parents' Association

For minutes of September meeting click below:
September minutes

  • Playground Markings

During the summer, workmen from “Carpark Linings” came in to school and laid out our new playground games.  They worked diligently for two whole days, supervised by Mrs McCloughan so that the games would be just perfect for the children coming back to school.  We have hopscotch, twister, dance class, a football pitch and a large activity trail, all chosen by the children.  Already we see the children being more active in the playground and along with our lovely garden and bench, it’s a delightful environment for all children.  We send a huge thank you to the Parents' Association, who, through their hard work fundraising, were able to finance this new venture.

  • Introducing our new Student Council.

Meet our new Student Council:

2nd Class Ms. Colgan: Darcey
2nd Class Ms. McGuinness: Aoife
3rd Class Mrs. Roulstone: Rebecca
3rd Class Ms. Kelly: Katie
4th Class Ms. Linden: Julia
4th Class Ms. Byrne: Emma
5th Class Ms. McManus: Cara
5th Class Ms. Kirwan: Sophie
6th Class Mrs. McCartan: Clara
6th Class Ms. Brodigan: Grace

  • Nut Free Zone

Please remember that Réalt na Mara G.N.S is a nut free zone.

  • Blessing of our Buddy Bench and Raising our newest Green Flag

  • Department of Education report for Réalt Na Mara Girls' School

We are delighted to share our recent report from the inspection team who visited our school this year in March.  We are proud of our achievements and we will continue to work to maintain the high standards in the school.  I would advise reading the Inspectorate’s Quality Continuum at the end of the report before reading the report as the inspectors are limited in the language used in reporting.
Please click on link below to access report.

WSE Report 2017

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