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Communion 2019
First Communion was celebrated on the 18th of May in St. Aidan’s Church and was a huge success. The 37 children were outstanding and thanks must be given to class teachers Marie Gaffney and Aoife Fallon.  Also special thanks to all those in the choir who I hope enjoyed their homework passes and their teachers Brenda Rooney, Anna Marie Mitchell and Mairéad Rooney.   Special thanks to Deacon Padraig Kelly for all his help.

Confirmation 2019
Confirmation was celebrated on the 11th of May in St. Aidan’s Church.  It was a huge success and all of the Sixth Class students did a great job.  A huge congratulations to class teacher Paul Gallagher as well as all the singers in the choir and their teachers Brenda Rooney and Anna Marie Mitchell.
Thanks also to our organist Conor Gallagher.
Biodiversity Day

On Friday the 15th Of February, Four Masters School was a sea of green as we were celebrating Biodiversity Day.

There was lots of interesting things going on. We had a whole school assembly where the wonderfully composed Biodiversity song was performed. We discussed our progress on the theme of ‘Biodiversity’ for our next Green Flag

Rang 4-6 had workshops facilitated by Beckey Britton from ‘The Clean Coasts’ Programme.
She talked on the theme ‘Think before you flush’. It was very thought provoking. She showed us videos on how we are damaging our marine life by putting certain items down the toilet. She talked to us about ‘The Nasty Nine’ which consists of cotton buds, baby wipes, facial wipes, cleansing pads, toilet roll tubes, medicines, cigarettes, plasters and nappies. These products have devastating effects on the environment when flushed down the toilet.
She carried out various experiments to show us that we are damaging our rivers, seas and marine life. Baby wipes never disintegrate in water. The only thing that should be put down the toilet is toilet roll!
She also talked about the various beach clean ups in our area and how we can do our bit to help. It was a very enjoyable workshop.

Rang 5

Grandparents Day
Friday 1st February 2019
Fun in the snow at Four Masters
Halloween Dress Up Day at Four Masters
First Day at School
Bóthar Collection 2018

Retirement of Mrs Una Regan:

The retirement of a principal of the Four Masters National School, Una Regan, was marked by a special function in St. Aidan’s Church and the school hall in Kinlough on May the 6th.  Una Regan who has spent the last thirty five years teaching and leading our wonderful school was given a great send off.   Una’s hard work, endeavours and enthusiasm has seen the school grow massively over the years from Edenville National School to our present building here at the Four Masters National School and from four teachers to the present staff of sixteen teachers. She has overseen four extensions and a huge increase in the number of pupils up to the present number of 271.

The Mayo native started her teaching career here in Kinlough in 1981 and in her fine speech she recalled spending her first night here staying in the Melvin Hotel not knowing anybody.  However, the community showed their friendly nature and she quickly made friends and was acquainted with her work colleagues, Kathleen Fahey, Maura White and Thomas Feeley as well as making long lasting friendships in the local community.

During her time in the school it has grown from a four teacher school with four classrooms and a small tarmac playing area to what we have now.   Una took over the acting principalship of the school in 1999 and became the full time principal in 2007.  During her time in our school she oversaw four extensions which included the construction of new classrooms, a PE hall, resource rooms, school library, school garden and a polytunnel.  We are indebted to Mrs Regan for all the efforts she has put into the organisation of these extensions.

Initially U na taught in mainstream education where she had a great grá for Gaeilge and was renowned for her well disciplined and hard working classroom. She took over the stewardship of the school in 1999.

Una brought many new initiatives to the school for which we are grateful including the North Leitrim/South Donegal cup a GAA competition where the local schools play against each other, a debating team who were regional winners in 2015 and Friendship Week as part of the anti-bullying policy in our school

Una will be forever remembered in our school for her hard work, integrity and commitment she showed  which manifests itself in her past pupils and her legacy will be forever evident in the school structure that she put in place and the ethos she fostered in the school.

We all wish Una a long, healthy and happy retirement.
Sláinte agus saol chuici.

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