Ballyellis Parents’ Association – AGM – Committee

At the Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting held on  15th October 2012, the following were elected:

 Chairperson:   Lucy O’ Brien

Assistant Chair:   Joe Kenny

Treasurer:   Elizabeth Doran

Assistant Treasurer: Anne Kenny

Secretary:  Mary Cahill

Assistant Secretary: Ashling Walsh

 The next Parents’ Association will be held on Monday the 12th November 2012.  All are welcome to attend.

Pictures of Ballyellis School during recent reconstruction

Pictures taken July 2012

Askamore Memories

This morning saw the start of our new folklore / heritage group. This was set up in order to record the memories of those in our community who were born in the 1930s or earlier, and of course to give a social dimension to the gathering, with a cuppa and a chat. First attendees were sisters Cathy Kavanagh of Bolinrush and Mary Gregan of Castlewhite. They spoke vividly of their memories of school days, with the topic being prompted by Davy Donohoe.

The outcomes of this project will see the taped work being typed up and possibly used in a future publication. Other options would be using part of the taped  conversations in the proposed new Askamore Heritage Centre, or using snippets online on this website.

The next topics are The Big Snow of 1947 and The Emergency, and the next meeting will take place on Thursday morning, June 7th at 10.15.

If you have stories to tell on these or other such topics, please come along, or encourage members of your family to join us for what promises to be an interesting and worthwhile project.

Ballyellis N.S. Parents’ Association News

Our annual field day will be taking place on Sunday 3rd of June
following the patron mass in Askamore. Baking donations, homemade
buns, cakes etc. would be greatly appreciated for the cake stall and
tea tent.

All houses will also be asked to donate items for the bottle
and book stalls.

Raffle cards are also out now and all proceeds from
both fundraisers will be going towards the building of the new

Work on this is due to commence during the mid-term break
in May and is scheduled to be completed by Sept 2012.

The recent cake sale held after mass in Askamore on April 15th raised
€548.60 which will also be going towards the building. This is
appreciated as is the continued support of the people, especially in
these tough economic times. The school extension is a major project
which is necessary due to numbers increasing and it will be a huge
benefit to the comfort and education of our children for years to

Balyellis N.S Parents’ Associatio​n

The P.A. will be holding a cake sale to raise funds to go towards the
school development on Sun 15th of April after mass in Askamore. All
home-baking donations would be greatly appreciated, or alternatively
come along and show your support financially.

There was a good representation from the school at the meeting in Bree
last Thurs night to protest at the proposed cutbacks in rural schools
following December’s budget. This however was only the first step and
every parent will be required to play a part if we are to achieve our
goal. Any further meetings/protest marches or whatever is deemed
appropriate will be well advertised and all support would be
appreciated. If the proposed cutbacks are implemented we are in danger
of losing our 4th teacher and also our resource/learning support
teacher whose hours would be cut. This would have a very negative
effect on the school as a whole and we need to fight to hang on to
what we have got. We are not looking for any more, just to maintain
what we have.

On a more positive note, planning permission has been granted for the
extension and it is hoped work will commence on this shortly after

Finally, if anyone has any ideas for the Field Day or just wants to
lend a hand with the organising of it, please feel free to contact any
of the committee.

New Jerseys for school

The set of jerseys were recently presented to the school by Ballyellis Parents’ Council.

It features a crest which was designed by Caitlin Black who won the competition held in the school.


Ballyellis NS Quizzers

Credit Union Quiz: Congratulations to Naoise Hennessy, Jenny Doran, Lisa Lancaster and David Dee on winning the U-11 Carnew Credit Union Quiz on Fri night Feb 3rd in Carnew Hall. The team now go forward to the next round of the competition.

Also to Adam Quinn, Sarah Kenny, Caitlin Black, and Tomas Kirwan who finished third after losing out in a tie-breaker for secondplace. In the under 13 section the team of Liam Sheehan, Sean Kirwan, Niamh Doyle and Ellen Doran finished in second place. This was a marvellous achievement on the night for the school and we congratulate all the teams from the school who took part in the quiz. Well done to all.