Thursday, November 27, 2014

Kinsale Christmas - Switching on Christmas Lights

Sunday 30th of November 2014.

Fun starts at 3pm - Carousel in carpark beside Town Park.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


We are organising a group of parents to paint the toilets in the school and clean the skirting in the hallway. If you can spare an hour or two this weekend, 29th/30th November 2014, please contact Dervilla Wrynn 0872273645.

Cake Sale

A Big Big thank you to Rang 5 for hosting a fantastic Cake Sale last Friday the 21st Nov 2014. They raised €330 for the school. Thanks to all the parents who baked delicious cakes. Thanks to M Aodan for all his help with running the sale. And of course many thanks to the Cake Sale Fairy Carol Nyhan.

Next Cake Sale Rang 4 hosting on the Thurs 18th of Dec 2014.


Hi all,

As discussed at the last meeting there will be a 2nd Open/Information Meeting of Kinsale Camogie on this coming Thursday, 27th November 2014 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

The venue is the Temperance Hall in the room upstairs.


1. Kinsale Camogie Club to be formerly set up.

2. Election of Officers.

3. Discussion on Courses to be completed (Ethics/Foundation).

4. Confirmation of Age Groups the club will be starting with.

5. First Fundraising Event before Christmas.

6. Garda Vetting.

7. A.O.B.

Please bring along your completed Garda Vetting form to this meeting if you are interested in becoming involved in the club – even if it’s only General Help (once in a while) – everyone still needs to be Garda Vetted when you are dealing with children, under new legislation (2015). (link below to Garda Vetting form if needed).

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Go raibh míle maith agat go lÉir.

Tom Kelleher,

Chairperson, Kinsale Camogie Club.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Krafty Kids Christmas Workshop

Christmas Workshop Saturday 6th and Saturday 13th, 2014.

See Poster for Details

Kinsale Christmas

If any of you are wondering where to visit Santa this year - Kinsale Christmas - A Community Group - have invited Santa to The Mill in Kinsale, this December. It promises to be a magical fantasy!

Each family will meet Santa and every child will get a special gift.

Visit for booking and further details.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Donations for Christmas Hamper - Reminder

Supervalu are generously donating a Christmas Hamper to Gaelscoil Chionn tSáile. Tickets will be for sale on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December 2014 in Supervalu Kinsale.

We are still looking for some additional luxury items for the hamper raffle.   If you have any nice wines, chocolates, vouchers etc. that you could donate it would be greatly appreciated.   Maybe you have some unwanted vouchers/gifts or maybe your business might be able to donate something.

There’s a box in Hilda’s office for any donations.  Please drop them by Tuesday 25th November 2014.  Many thanks for your help & generosity & thanks to those who have already donated something.

Gaelscoil Cake Sale this Friday 21st November 2014

This Friday 21st November 2014 is the turn of Rang 5 to host the monthly Gaelscoil cake sale. As you know the money raised in these monthly cake sales will go towards providing safe access for our children to and from the school.

We would ask that each child would bring in at least €1 to buy a bun/cake at the cake sale this Friday. 

We are mindful that some children have allergies and food intolerances so there will be a selection of gluten/wheat/dairy free cakes and there will be a strict nut free policy. 

Thanks in advance 

Sinead Nolan 5th class rep
Carol O'Callaghan cake sale rep

Friday, November 14, 2014

Photos from the 2014 Gourmet 'Fun'raising' event at Max's

Did you take any good photos at the Max's event last night (13th Nov 2014).  If you want to share them on the school website please forward to

If you are attending next Thursday night (20th Nov 2014) please remember to take photographs and send them our way!

Thank you

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Parents Association Update 13th Nov 2014

Event Update

Cake Sale – Carol Nyhan - N Mhora Class Rep
First cake sale took place on the 24th Oct 2014 and raised €446 for the school. Congratulations to Carol Nyhan, Rang 6 pupils, Rang 6 parents and M Eavan for hosting this very successful cake sale. Their time and effort is much appreciated. Next cake sale 21st Nov 2014 with Rang 5 hosting.

Carol is organising 8 cake sales in the school this year, approx. one a month (no cake sale during lent). Carol will co-ordinate the class and parents of the class to bake and the class teacher to manage the sale on the day. There is a strict nut free policy. Gluten and dairy free option is also available.   Each child in the school is encouraged to bring in €1 to buy a cake on the day.

Book Fair - Una McIntosh – Rang 5 & 6
Thanks to Una McIntosh and her team of parents for running an excellent Book Fair once again this year. €1,653 worth of books were sold which gives our school €1,000 worth of new books. The school library will receive approx 100 new books from the Book Fair.

This event is extremely important to the school as it supplies our school with high quality books free of charge. Also, important that we run the Book Fair early in the year so that the students get the maximum out of the new books. If you didn’t make it to the Book Fair or would like to place an order books for Christmas (or anytime) please log onto  When checking out you will be asked under Schools to choose one of the schools below by selecting Gaelscoil Chionn tSaile the school will benefit from more free books!

Chuckies - Siobhan Devlin – N Beaga Class Rep
Chuckies last Friday night (7th Nov 2014) was a big success! Thanks to Siobhan Devlin and her team from N Beaga for running this event so successfully. They raised €734 for the school.  This is the first time we have run this event and it was a great social occasion for both the children and their parents. Existing parents enjoyed mixing and meeting all the new parents to the school.    

Max’s Restraunt evening- Annemarie & Olivier
This popular gourmet event runs on Thursday the 13th and 20th November 2014.   Thanks to Annemarie and Olivier of Max’s for organising every last detail and for opening up their restaurant to this event.

Thanks to all the parents who have volunteered to prep food, wait tables and do wash up. If you have booked a table, please make sure you are not included in anybody else’s table.  Diners are invited to arrive promptly at the specified time and please note that only cash will be accepted on the night. Its very good value at €27 per person of which approx. €22 goes directly to the school.

Calendar -Ciara Duffy – Rang 6 Class Rep

Thanks to Ciara Duffy and all her helpers the new school calendar will make a very prompt appearance this year! Calendars will be available at the office from 1st December 2014. €10 each.  The calendar development is extremely time consuming but the most lucrative fundraiser last year.

Christmas Hamper -Sinead Nolan - Rang Class 5 Rep
Super Valu have very kindly given us a large Christmas Hamper to raffle.  We will be selling tickets in Super Valu 5th & 6th December 2014.  We are looking for additional items to supplement the raffle so if you can donate any luxury items such as alcohol, chocolates, corporate gifts etc. please drop into Hilda at the office. Last year we also received some very generous vouchers from parents of the school.

As Rang 5 is a small class they will need the help of other parents to sell tickets if you have a spare hour that weekend please sign the roster in Hilda s office or contact Sinead Nolan.

Other Business

School Painting
The school needs its 16 bathrooms and the hallway skirting painted and we do not wish to spend our valuable fundraised money on this. Therefore, we are looking for a parent to champion this project. We have 5 painting volunteers already and we just need a coordinator to get it going.

School Yard 
Two storage units have been ordered and two benches with storage included have been purchased to house the yard toys.

We are looking for a parent volunteer to paint a chess board in the yard. We have large chess pieces and the teachers are very happy to teach our children chess once it is complete.
More balance boards are being ordered. We will also fix the willow dome.

Shared Reading
Parents of the school have been participating in shared reading with Rang 1 and Rang 2 every Tuesday at 9.05 – 9.40. We would like to include Rang 1 as well now but we need more volunteers. Anyone helping must be Garda vetted – forms from Hilda or Dervilla

If you can assist with any of the above please contact Dervilla Wrynn 087 227 3645 

Next meeting Parents Association Meeting Dec 2nd 2014, The Powder Room, The White Lady @8pm

Again, many thanks for everyone’s hard work and support with all the ongoing fundraising activities.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Donations For Christmas Hamper

Supervalu are generously donating a Christmas Hamper to Gaelscoil Chionn tSáile. Tickets will be for sale on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th December 2014 in Supervalu Kinsale. 

We are looking for some additional luxury items for the hamper raffle.   If you have any nice wines, chocolates, vouchers etc. that you could donate it would be greatly appreciated.   Maybe you have some unwanted vouchers/gifts or maybe your business might be able to donate something.

There’s a box in Hilda’s office for any donations.  Please drop them by Tuesday 25thNovember 2014.  Many thanks for your help & generosity.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gaelscoil Book Fair November 2014

Many thanks to all the parents who who volunteered for last weeks Book Fair. We sold an incredible €1,652.83 worth of books. Our library will receive €1000 euros of new books for your children to enjoy.

Thanks again for your support,


2014 Gourmet 'Fun'raising' event at Max's

Max's Gourmet 'Fun'raising' event is taking place again this and next Thursday evenings, 13th November and 20th November 2014.  This is a fun but professional event with very high quality food and excellent value for money, this year it will be a 7 course gourmet menu for €27.00 of which approx €22.00 goes directly to school.  Possibly new taste & flavours for some but hopefully it will appeal to everyone.

For reservations please call Max's at 021-477-2443.  There are a few tables still available.

The menu is available here.

Thank you

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NPC - Child Friendly Administration

Dear Parent,

The Ombudsman for Children’s office has written to the NPC to invite parents and children/young people to participate in a project that is looking at child-friendly administration, which it has commissioned the University College Cork to undertake.

In explaining the study and the request, the OCO office has written:

As you know, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office has been in existence for more than ten years. In that time, the Office has dealt with over ten thousand complaints regarding the actions of public bodies and service providers. The Offices’complaints-handling and investigatory work has given it an insight into the barriers that children and their families can face when attempting to access those services or when they are engaging with decision-makers in public bodies.

However, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office believes that, following a decade of work in this area, it is appropriate to examine in greater depth the experience children and families have of accessing public services, the difficulties they encounter and what practices characterise a rights based, child-friendly approach to public administration.

To that end, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office has commissioned Professor Ursula Kilkelly and her research team at University College Cork’s School of Law to undertake research on child-friendly public administration relevant to education, health and social services. An important part of this study is to hear directly from children and parent/carers about their experiences of public services and bodies in the areas of health, education, housing and material wellbeing and alternative care. Using focus groups, participants will be asked first, to describe their experiences of accessing public service for, with or on behalf of their children and second, to identify any barriers or positive experiences they have had in this area. The main objective is to develop ideas for making such services more accessible, rights respecting and child-friendly.

The project will involve holding six focus groups-four for adults and two for children-which will be held on the 14thand 15th November in Dublin. Our intention is for each focus group to have a maximum of six participants; they will last between 60-90 minutes in the case of adults and between 30-60mins for the children and young people. The participants will all be individuals who have direct experience of engagement with public bodies in the areas under examination.”

If you feel you have something to contribute to the study and would like to participate in one of the focus groups to share your experiences of engagement with your child’s school, the Department of Education or other public bodies please contact Naomi Kennan at:

Naomi Kennan

Research Assistant

University College Cork

Tel: 0 87 126 2342

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

5k Santa Dash In Kinsale, 14th December 2014

This is a 5km fun run organised by Kinsale Tri Club raising funds for “Friends of Jamie Wall” and the Kinsale Christmas lights.  Jamie is a Cork GAA Hurler & Footballer who is currently in the national rehabilitation centre in Dun Laoghaire after suffering a spinal injury.  It will be a great Family event with prizes for the Best Dressed and the Fastest Family.  This is Guesstimate your time race – NO WATCHES ALLOWED – therefore the person who finishes closest to their estimated time wins!

Corporate Fundraising 2015

Essential Fundraising following on from Michelle’s Newsletter of the 15th October 2015 and the update of what needed for the Gaelscoil Chionn tSaile in 2015. We are asking each parent to come to us with contacts, idea, and help for Corporate Fundraising. We need to work together on this - now.

Each year through Corporate Fundraising, thousands of Schools access Companies who take an interest in real local issues and regional needs. They have funds available to worthy projects. We have a very real one! We need to get planning for our School and we have been told what we need to do it! Now we must put this into action!  We need to ASK for all the help we can get. Lots of Companies have resources for charities, schools etc… across Ireland and thousands of euros to help fund their projects, campaigns and running costs.

We “The PA” of Gaelscoil Chionn tSaile are going to be asking local Business and Large Multinationals in the Cork area to look to our project. We have a target of fundraising €20,000 this year to help us get our set down area and other planning requirements.

We need you & how do you get started?

Please email:

Kinsale ART Academy with Louise McKeon

Renowned Irish Artist Louise McKeon is starting new children's art classes in her purpose build studio in Kinsale. Louise has been teaching both adults and children for 30 years, with pupils achieving success in any National Art Competitions (Texaco, Google etc )

6 week courses commence on Tue 4 Nov 2014 for 6 weeks and Sat 8th Nov 2014 for 6 weeks

3.30pm - 4.30pm (ages 5-8 )
4.45pm - 5.45pm (age 9 upwards)

9.45am - 10.45am (ages 5-8)
11:00am -12.00 pm (age 9 upwards)

Course Curriculum
Age 6-9 : Drawing , collage, paint and colour, design and much more.
Age 9 upwards: Advanced drawing techniques, painting, still life, people & portraits.

€70 for 6 weeks

To reserve a place call Louise on: 087-771-8023 or email:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS) - Anti-bullying

Anti-bullying talk tomorrow night at Wednesday 5th November 2014 7:30pm in the Carlton Hotel, Kinsale>

Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS) are organising a talk on Anti-bullying aimed at parents, teachers, youth facilitators and sporting clubs and anyone who is dealing with young people. The aim of the talk is to provide the tools on how to cope effectively with the problem of bullying.

We have invited an expert speaker on Anti-bullying, Seán Fallon who is an ex-teacher and he has devised a very effective Anti-bullying Campaign over the last 10 years.
To read more about the campaign:

We invite you to attend this free talk on Wednesday 5th November 2014 @ 7:30pm at the Carlton Hotel in Kinsale.

We would also ask you to help us spread the word and circulate this poster to your school/club/association mailing and/or text list or to simply send it to any concerned persons in relation to coping with bullying.

Thank you for your help and continued support,
The KYSS team

Monday, November 3, 2014

Post Primary School Transport Provision 2015/2016

Bus Éireann is contacting all primary and post primary schools to remind parents of children currently in 6th class of the eligibility criteria for Post Primary School Transport.

From the commencement of the 2012/2013 school year changes to post primary school transport provision came into effect. In October 2012, a letter referring to these changes and a Question & Answer Sheet issued to all primary and post primary schools in order that parents of children then in 6th class would be aware of the implication of these changes when selecting a post primary school for their children.

Bus Éireann is again contacting all primary and post primary schools to remind parents of children currently in 6th class of the eligibility criteria for Post Primary School Transport.

Please click here for further information.

Kinsale Camogie Club For 2015

The Camogie Association
We are looking into the possibility of setting up a
Kinsale Camogie Club for 2015.

But we need to get an idea of:
  1. the number of people that would be interested in enrolling their children in a Kinsale Camogie Club for Under 6, 8 and 10 years.
  2. if people are interested in getting involved with Training/Admin etc
for this new club.

 If interested please come along to an Open/Information Night on Monday, November 10th 2014 in the Temperance Hall
from 7.30pm – 8.30pm.

All Welcome.
Fr. Murphy's Youths back in action

Friday fundraiser at Chuckies 7th Nov 2014

Parents in Ranga 4 and below.

Tickets for Chuckies FUNdraiser (see attached poster for fun events)  on this Friday 7th November 2014 from 6-8pm are going home in your child’s bag tonight (3rd Nov 2014).  Please fill in the envelope including €5 per ticket if your child is going or the ticket if your child cannot attend. Return the envelope to your child’s class teacher tomorrow, Tuesday (4th Nov 2014)  morning, we need to know our numbers by Wednesday for insurance purposes.  Additional tickets can be purchased from Hilda. €4 per ticket will go directly to the school ambitious fundraising campaign, so please show your support.

Chuckies will be closed to the public on Friday so it gives our children a great opportunity to play together while parents new to the school have a chance to meet each and join the more established parents in the school for a sociable chat. Hot food (pizza, chicken nuggets and chips) snacks and coffee can be purchased at Chuckies.

Thank you
Siobhan Devlin.

Chuckies FUNdraiser.pdf

Reminder - School Calendar Photographs

Attention: All Parents

We will be doing the photographs for the school calendar on Thursday 6th November 2014, first Thursday after the mid term break. Can all parents ensure that the children are neatly presented in full uniform on this day. If your child is in junior or senior infants can you please write their birthday on their hand to avoid any confusion! Children are welcome to bring in small seasonal props for the photos this year. If there is any child missing on this day, will you please contact 6th Class Rep, Ciara Condon 083-1916543.

Many thanks

2014 Gourmet 'Fun'raising' event at Max's

Dear parents,

Following 2012’s  successful charity  dinner in max’s we have decided to repeat this event again on Thursday 13th November and Thursday 20th November 2014 but we cannot do this without your help as we need the parents to cook, prepare, wash- up, set up and serve the meals!!

This helps us to practically eliminate all overheads and we are just left with basic food costs and even those tend to be minimal as some local suppliers kindly donate some produce free of charge or at cost.

This is a fun but professional event with very high quality food and excellent value for money, this year it will be a 7 course gourmet menu for €27.00 of which approx €22.00 goes directly to school.  Possibly new taste & flavours for some but hopefully it will appeal to everyone.

This event is open to all so please tell friends neighbors etc as this helps to get funding from an outside source. 021 4772443 for reservations.

We need volunteers for both dates: Thursday 13th November and Thursday 20th November 2014

Food preparation  9am - 12 noon approx              (3 people)
Wash up:              6.30 - 9pm & 9pm - midnight  (2/3 person per shift)
Kitchen:               6pm - midnight                         (3people per night)
Wait staff:            6pm - midnight                         (4 people per night)

To volunteer please contact us on 0861967587 / text if possible when available and your class please, we welcome the parents of the new classes especially.

The menu is available here.

Finally a thank you to John Barrett’s butchers, the market garden vegetable shop and Quay food company.

Thank you 


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Reminder - Book Fair

Annual School Book Fair 2014

Our annual school book fair will take place Tuesday 4th of November 2014 until Friday 7th of November 2014 inclusive. Last year we received over €1300 in quality books for our library (as a commission fee based on sales) and we are hoping to top this figure in November.

Books will be available to purchase from 8.30am until 9.20am each morning, and from 1.30pm until 3pm each afternoon.

The book catalogues have been sent home in your children's school bags today for perusal over the mid-term.

Many thanks, Parents Association

PA Meeting

The Parents Association monthly meeting will take place on this Tuesday November 4th 2014, 8pm at the Powder Room in the White Lady. The meetings are held in English and all parents are welcome.