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Cloneen National School

Dia daoibh go léir ón bhfoireann theagaisc i Scoil Náisiúnta Chluainín. Tá fáilte romhaibh go léir iniúchadh a dhéanamh ar shampla de na gníomhaíochtaí éagsúla atá ar siúl inár scoil.

Greetings from everybody in Cloneen N.S. Welcome to our NEW school website! You are all very welcome to explore samples of the many different activities in our school. Our fundamental tenet is that a happy child is a child who will learn more effectively and have higher self-esteem. Consequently, huge emphasis is placed on the development of the whole child – spiritual, emotional, social, academic and physical.

Doras Feasa Fiafraí

The Door to Knowledge is to Question

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Cloneen National School, a co-educational, Catholic, primary school under the patronage of the Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, strives to provide a caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils are identified and addressed. Cloneen N.S. strives to promote a love of learning among its pupils while helping them to reach their full potential. The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ while at the same time recognising and respecting all other religions. Clone NS provides Religious Education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic Faith.


‘Doras Feasa Fiafraí’ This is the motto of Cloneen N.S. It is believed to be one of the oldest schools in the country. The National School System was established in 1831. Yet there are records going back to 1758 – when a Mr. Fennelle was charged with teaching “ye christian doctrine”. The old school building was established in 1820. The teachers were a Mr. Roche and his wife. There were also two other schools nearby – one a thatched cottage under Mr. McGrath who earned £10 per year. The other was at Welsh Bog under a certain Morgan Murphy who taught “in a wretched hovel” at about £6 per year. The populations at that time was about 6,000. Cloneen gained official recognition under the National School System in 1834 (Roll Number 584) the original school remained in use for 130 years. It was renovated at the end of the last century. Staff of the school included:- Mr. Fennelle (Principal)- 1758; Old school Building:- Mr. Roche – 1820 and his wife; Ms. Maher (Principal), Mrs. Power – 1922; Tom Keating (Principal) – 1928; Lory Noonan (Principal), Bridget Morrissey – 1934; Eddie O Neill (Principal) – 1937; Nita McGrath – 1970; Madeline O Donnell – 1971; Margaret Clancy – 1973; Seamus Ahessy (Principal) – 1978 Catherine Britton – 1979; Theresa Keane – 1999; Ann Walsh – 2000 (Principal from 2008), Úna Kiernan – 2002; Elaine Murphy – 2003; Aoife Gleeson & Jerry Kelly – 2008; Tracy Curran – 2010; Miriam Gleeson and Sadhbh Leamy – 2012; Helen Kiersey – 2018. 

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We have invested in some STEM resources lately. The children are really enjoying the Total Gears STEM activity and the Lego Essentials Robots that...

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