Scoil Íde Curranes NS now Open for September Enrollments

The Scoil Íde Curranes National School team at the announcement of the school’s fourth teacher in November. James O’Connell with: Elizabeth Carmody, Orla O’Donoghue, Orla Stack, Emer Nelligan, principal; Ann Sugrue, Elizabeth Sweeney and Anna Bergin. ©Photograph: John Reidy.

Curranes National School, Castleisland is currently accepting enrollment applications for September 2020.

Curranes NS is a progressive, rural, co-educational primary school in Castleisland parish, located 5 minutes from Castleisland town.

There is an after-school service on-site, which operates up to 5.55pm each evening.

Fourth Mainstream Teacher

There are currently 85 pupils attending the school, which acquired a fourth mainstream class teacher this academic year, due to growing pupil numbers.

A school extension has been sanctioned by the Department of Education & Skills.

The fact that the school now has four mainstream class teachers is of huge benefit to all pupils attending the school.

Reduced Class Sizes

There are reduced pupil numbers in each of the classrooms. The school also has two special education teachers and a special needs assistant to cater for pupils with additional learning needs.

Curranes NS offers a broad and balanced curriculum to its pupils.

A recent Whole School Evaluation Report written by a Department of Education & Skills Inspector states that ‘many pupils are achieving very high standards in English reading, Mathematics and in their ability to speak in Irish.’

Digital Excellence Initiative

Curranes NS was awarded an Active School Flag for Physical Education in 2017 and a Green Flag in 2019.

The school is participating in the Digital Excellence Initiative and will be applying for the Discover Primary Science and Maths Award this academic year.

The choir sings for important parish events such as: Christmas Eve Mass; Confirmation; First Holy Communion and the blessing of the crib in Castleisland town.

Sporting Successes

Teams and individuals participate in and have had success in a range of sporting events such as athletics, track and field and cross country; basketball and football.

Mrs. Sweeney, who is an All-Ireland Champion set dancer, teaches set dancing and tin whistle. Mrs. O’Donoghue, who holds a degree in French, teaches French to senior pupils.

Enrollment application forms are available on or at the school. A tour of the school is available by appointment.

Contact Details

The school principal, Emer Nelligan, can be contacted on 066 71 42021 or

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