Dear Parents & Pupils,

As we face another period of school closure I hope that you and all your loved ones are safe and well. Your health is the main priority at the moment. Please continue to practice social and physical distancing and to minimise physical contact with each other to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Please be assured that we are thinking of you all. I will be in touch frequently via email and teachers will shortly be in contact with you to put in place a new mechanism in order to continue distance learning. The school website will also be updated regularly.

These are very challenging times for us all and we must look out for each other as best we can.

With every good wish for your continued safety.

Mary O’Rourke




Cloonakilla N.S. Nature Detectives Lockdown Discoveries!

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The HSE is running  a new campaign called Hold Firm, inspired by the words of President Michael D Higgins, written in his 1993 poem, ‘Take Care’. Watch and share the #HoldFirm video here.


Minister Harris answers children’s questions on Covid-19

If you are looking to reassure your children or let them hear another empathetic voice talking to them about Covid-19 this is a good video to watch with them. In conjunction with RTE News, Minister Harris answers common questions that children have about Covid-19. He has a very calm and reassuring approach to his answers from Children across the country aged from 3 – 12 years old.


Fantastic Art and Crafts creations from Homeschool Learning!

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NASA is inviting the public to help celebrate a historic milestone in human spaceflight as it prepares for #LaunchAmerica

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Cloonakilla N.S. Wellbeing Resources for Families.

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To all our Frontline Workers-Go raibh míle maith agaibh!

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Walk to School Week 2020 (with a Twist)!

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Congratulations to our Green Schools Committee who have been awarded the  7th Green Flag for Global Citizenship and Energy! Click on the flag above to find out more.

Join in on the celebrations virtually from today May 25-29th for a week of #GreenFlag2020 celebrations! 

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Please click on the “Active Home Week Certificate” below to enter Cloonakilla N.S. Active Home Week Diary and Photos page.

Congratulations to all our families on completing the challenges for Active Home Week  April 27th-May 3rd 2020!


Quote of the Week 4th Class Cloonakilla N.S.


Let’s Play Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for all children living in Ireland during the COVID-19 emergency.

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Please click on the link below to access GAA Primary Challenges.


Our Sacred Space.

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St. Peter & Paul’s Parish Athlone



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2019 – 2020  School Year in Pictures!

“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine” – “In the shadow of each other, we live”

Cloonakilla N.S.

Cloonakilla N.S. is a Catholic co-educational school situated in south Co. Roscommon on the outskirts of Athlone. The children attending the school come from a mixed rural and urban background. It is a mainstream school with  sixteen class teachers and an administrative Principal. It also has six SEN teachers, and five Special Needs Assistants. The school also has the services of a caretaker and a secretary.

??????????????A skilled staff provide a broad curriculum and wide range of activities. In addition to the curriculum children also take part in the following: Gaelic football, soccer, tag rugby, swimming, tin whistle band, choir, quiz teams, Discover Primary Science, Green-Schools Programme and liturgical services. All children are encouraged to reach their full potential in a happy and safe environment that is conducive to learning. The staff, Board of Management and Parents Association work closely together to ensure that all pupils are cherished equally in an atmosphere of openness and freedom. Our learning environment is child-centred where each child is valued, cared for and respected.

Our Mission Statement

Growth: We are dedicated to the Spiritual, emotional and intellectual development of each child
Openess: We aim to provide a positive, inclusive atmosphere and environment based in the mutual co-operation of all involved in its activities
Special: We recognise that each person is created in the image of God
Prayer: Prayer forms a part of our everyday school life
Encouragement: We encourage the children to grow within the Catholic faith
Learning: We provide support for all children to learn
Valued: Each pupil and member of staff is valued for the contribution they make to school life
Acceptance: We accept and respect the religious beliefs of others
Love: We aim to live according to Jesus’ command “Love one another as I have loved you”
Unique: We recognise that each pupil has individual needs and abilities and that each develops at a different rate
Experience: We are open to our responsibilities and links with our parish
Society: Our aspiration is to educate our pupils so that they will be fully integrated members of society