Ballymana National School, NS, Craughwell


Craughwell in the county final

Today we got dressed in yellow and green to celebrate Craughwell playing in the county final on Sunday.

We wish them the best of luck.

Come on Craughwell!!!













Our Luisa gets county wide praise

Our very talented school secretary was the star of last weeks advertiser. We are very proud of you Luisa!!

Here is the article.

Talented Luisa finally getting recognition for her fancy artwork

When you pass a business window in any part of Galway, you will often spot some eye-catching artwork. It could be a cartoon, mural, or a serious message, and it may very well have been completed by Luisa Carthy.

A number of week’s ago, the Galway Advertiser’s Facebook page featured a picture of Luisa’s work on the window of Hope’s Bakery in Loughrea, and the reaction was immense. The post once again showcased the power of social media and Ms Carthy was thrilled at how positively her work was received. “The feedback has been absolutely amazing. I could not get over the amount of likes and shares the picture got. Every second person I have met since has been talking about it. Even at the All-Ireland at the weekend, there was a man talking about it and he didn’t even know I had drawn it! I have also got two more jobs out of it.”

Luisa realised at a young age that she had an aptitude for art and pursued the subject in school where she immensely enjoyed drawing, painting, and sketching. However it was only by chance that she began painting shop windows and murals. “When I left school, I was working in a bar. Shortly after I injured my leg and had to give up the bar work and was at a bit of a loose end when one day I was in Galway and I spotted a guy painting a window. It was a lightbulb moment. I was like- I can do that! I asked him what sort of materials he was using and I picked up a few paints, did up a few flyers and ended up getting a load of business and I have been doing it ever since.”

She is mostly self-taught but in 2005 began a three year part-time course in Fine Art from GMIT and felt the course really improved her technique. This immensely talented lady will draw and paint on any surface possible but the most popular requests continue to be business windows. However, as can be viewed in the picture below, she has completed a number of attractive school murals including Ard Scoil Mhuire and Garbally College in Ballinasloe. She is also in demand for face-painting, and artwork on children’s bedrooms. Along with all that, she designs sets for various theatre productions, and earlier this year was awarded a prize for best set design following her work on the stage backdrop of Gort Community School’s production of Fiddler on The Roof.

There is no doubting that she is one busy lady and her mantra is ‘variety is the spice of life’. Along with the artwork, she works as the secretary of Ballymanagh National School, helps out in the local parish office, and is involved in the Youth Cafe in Loughrea. She is also fluent in Spanish and has completed a diploma in the language. She has recently taken in a transition year student from Spain to assist him learn English, and also helps Leaving Cert students with their oral exams. In addition to all this, she teaches children’s art classes on a Wednesday evening at Ballymanagh National School, and teaches an adult class on a Monday evening from her own home in Kilchreest.

However art is her passion and she is delighted to be able to channel that into work. “Everyone’s dream is to turn their passion into their job. I would love to be doing it full-time. I don’t see it as a job, I enjoy it so much. When I start on a new project, I completely throw myself into it and get lost in it. I really, really enjoy creating something amazing.”


Hurling Success



minteamCongratulation to Darragh Gilligan and all the county minor team  on their great success at the weekend.

Darragh was fantastic and really made all in his former school very proud.

We look forward to welcoming him and the cup back to Ballymana National School.



Green Flag.

Our school was awarded another green flag last Friday.

We got this new green flag for our work on water.



We learned all about where our water comes from and about water conservation.

Well done to Mr. Tierney who coordinated the entire project.

He worked very hard and along with the green school committee helped us all

to learn all about water conservation.

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Write – a – Book competition

The children of Ballymana NS took part in the Galway Education Centre ‘Write A Book’ competition. We are very proud of all who took part! The winners from each class were presented with medals at an award ceremony in the Radisson hotel. Congratulations to Zoe, Niamh, Paddy, Katie, Nicole, Clodagh, Jade, Evan, Aoife and Katie! Take a look at some of the pictures from the night.

Click on the link to see some more pictures of the night.



Well Done to the Boys in 5th and 6th Class who recently qualified for the division one final in the Garda football tournament.



Basketball Star.


One of our pupils took part in the Titans international basketball tournament during the mid-term break. He played against teams from Ireland and from France.

The titans came second in the competition and even beat the world champions in their age category, Malhouse of France. Well done. We’re very proud of you!!!


Halloween 2014

Have a look at our new scary Halloween video


Vincie Lynskey Memorial tournament




Well done to the boys from 5th and 6th class who were part of the

fantastic U12 Craughwell hurling team that won

the Vincie Lynskey Memorial tournament at the weekend. 

The future of hurling in the school and in the parish is very safe!!!


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Our big concert is on Saturday 18th October at 8p.m.

Tickets are available from

We went to our rehearsal in Leisureland yesterday.

We worked hard with the conductor and the choreographer. 


We also went to the Galway Museum.peace 003

It was very interesting.

We saw lots of artifacts and learned all about the past.

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Our school will be taking part in this years peace proms concert.

The audio tracks for the songs can be downloaded here

alternatively you can bring a usb key mp player to school and download

the tracks in your classroom.