Parents Association.

Welcome to the Cloonakilla National School Parents’ Association page. We hope that it will give you some insight into who we are and what we do.

We all want the same thing for our children: the best, and the very best at that. The Department of Education and Science only provides so much. And this is where the Parents’ Association comes in.

Our aim is to work closely and effectively with the school staff and to support and initiate any activities that are to the general benefit of our children. On your behalf, we fund-raise and put the money to work for our children making certain that every child in the community has the best educational experience possible that this money can provide.

You can find our Constitution Here



Welcome to Cloonakilla N.S. Parents’ Association Newsletter. The purpose of the newsletter is to
make you – the parents/guardians—aware of the activities of the Parents’ Association. We hope
you enjoy the read.

Who and What is the Cloonakilla N.S. Parents’ Association?

Cloonakilla N.S. Parents’ Association is made up of all parents and guardians of pupils attending Cloonakilla N.S. The Parents’ Association is the means by which parent/guardians in the school can work together with the school for the benefit of all our children.
Cloonakilla N.S. Parents’ Association Committee is an elected committee who takes responsibility for the day to day work of the association. The committee’s aim is to work closely and effectively with the school principal and staff and to support and initiate activities that benefit our children’s education, development and well-being. The committee meets at regular intervals to organise it’s

Chairperson – Lisa ByrneVice Chair – Jenny Sherlock

Secretary – Christina MelicanVice Secretary – Mary Lynam

Treasurer – Becky GarmanVice Treasurer – Catherine Hogan

We are very fortunate and grateful to have other Committee Members who support the work of the officers, volunteer and attend & contribute to meetings.
Activities of the Parents’ Association:

Fundraising activities/Flag Days • Contribution of funding made to School Goal Posts & Netting / Sensory Garden / School Stage (2018) • Hosting of party after First Holy Communion • Paying for: Inflatables for sports day; Ice Cream van visit; Christmas selection boxes etc. • Reviewing and offering comment on various school policies.
What can you do? While the committee is dedicated to organising the events for the year, there are times when additional volunteers are needed from the wider Parents’ Association. We would ask that where you can, please do respond to our requests for additional help when needed e.g. Flag Days/Bag Packs, Holy Communion party, Sports Day Supervision etc. The activities and success of the Parents’ Association relies solely on parents/guardians volunteering their help!
Finally, many thanks to the school’s Board of Management; Principal Mary O’Rourke and all the school staff for their ongoing support to the Parents’ Association.


2017- 2018

Our new school opened in September 2017. This project was many years in the making and it was well worth the wait.

Over this year we will have a number of fundraising events to support the new school. Stocking  the school library and purchase of a stage for the assembly hall are priorities for this year.

The PA will host ‘The Cube’ next March as a fundraiser for the school.

The ‘Cube ‘ will play out on March 18 next in the Athlone Springs Hotel and boasts a 1st prize of E2,500.

Do you think you have what it takes to beat the Cube ? Entries and other enquiries to e-mail :

Liimited to 40 entries.  More details to follow.


PA Newsletter 2016 FINAL

Sponsorship of Literacy Lift Off Programme

The Parents’ Association would like to thank the following local businesses who have recently contributed sponsorship to the Literacy Lift Off Programme which is now up and running at Cloonakilla:

Jazz Pharmaceuticals  €2,500

Grovelands Chilldcare, Corrán Riada €500

Kennedy’s Service Station €200

Alkermes €150

Hazel’s Beauty Salon €100

Other sponsors included Savoury Fare; Barber Bobs; Jump for Joy; Brian Melinn and Glendeer Pet Farm.

We are very grateful for these local businesses support of this worthwhile programme.

 Parents’ Association members receiving sponsorship cheque from Jazz Pharmaceuticals.
Principal Mary O’Rourke, Parents’ Association members Joe Hurley and Steve O’Donohue and representatives from Jazz Pharmaceuticals Fionnuala White, Paul Sweeney and Spencer Daly.

Committee Members 2016 – 2017

John  Brennan  (Co  Treasurer);  Hazel  Brennan;  Lisa  Byrne; Catherine Cooney;  Emma  Cooney;  Jolene  Cummins; Ieva da Silva; Anne  Fallon;  Susanne  Kelleher; Ashling Kiernan; Declan Killeen; John  Meares  (Treasurer);  Brenda Molloy; Kevin  Murray (Vice  Chairperson); Sinead  Nolan  (Vice Secretary); Joe Hurley;  Steve O’Donohue (Chairperson); Dolores Waldron (Secretary); Fiona  Walshe 

To enable the Parents’ Association to continue providing resources and support to the school, we earnestly encourage all parents / guardians to become actively involved in the associations’ activities.

We are always happy to consider new ways to make our children’s time in Cloonakilla National School as happy and beneficial as possible. So if you have any suggestions or fundraising ideas, please share them with us.