Nov 202013

Dunsany National School

Welcome to our website. Dunsany N.S. is a small, intimate  country school nestled beneath the trees of Dunsany Church in the centre of the picturesque village of Dunsany, Co. Meath.

We have four full-time, fully qualified primary school teachers and a complement of ancillary staff members.  The caring ethos which is the hallmark of  our school  is  valued by all who attend  here. Standards of excellence are expected and strived for.

Some of our educational initiatives include World Maths Day, Artefact Day, Art Exhibitions, Autumn Big Day Out, senior/junior collaborative projects and World Book Day celebrations.

In June 2013 we were awarded the Blue Flag by the European Commission in recognition of our success in the Bluestar Schools’ Programme. 2012 saw us take receipt of our new laptop trolley and 10 new laptops.

We have an active and thriving PA and greater parent body which works hard each year to raise funds which go directly back into the school. In recent years our PA organised  major culinary star Neven Maguire @ Ardboyne Hotel, Navan &  the 25th Anniversary of Dunsany Chase Dinner Dance both events were a major success and enjoyed by all who attended.

The school takes part in inter-schools’ sports competitions in many disciplines;  football, hurling  and cross-country running.  We have had many successes in these competitions over the years. We won the Cumann na mBunscol competitions in both hurling and football in 2014 (Boys – small schools division).  Our Girls’ Team took the football title in 2010 and also took 3rd place in the Meath Cross Country Championship that year. A new basketball court was erected in 2011 and basketball is taught as part of the PE curriculum.   We have taken part in GAA initiatives in hurling and football with external trainers and in a Leinster Rugby initiative, tag rugby and were the first school to take part in Meath Athletics School Programme when they started out in 2010.

Drama and music play a great part in school life here in Dunsany NS too.  Regular performances are the norm in any given school year.  In addition to class performances, the school is home to a stage school which runs from January to June for all pupils. This year will again see over half the school take part in the Hallelujah Choir at Citywest Convention Centre and most recently Peace Proms in the RDS.  We have our own school singers ‘Gliondar’, open to all boys and girls from 1st-6th class incl. It currently has over 3o members.

Each Tuesday  “Chirpy Chicks” toddler group meets in the GP room in the school. This is open to all local  parents and toddlers (It is not necessary to have a child attending the school to attend ‘Chirpy Chicks’.)  10am to 12 noon. (Approved by Meath County Childcare)

The school celebrated its 85th Birthday in style in September 2013  with a Gathering which drew a crowd of over 300, with past pupils coming from all over the country and from England.

Enrolment is now open for 2018/19 school year.

Buail isteach orainn anseo sa scoil agus cuirfear fíor fáilte romhat agus roimh do pháiste anseo ag ár doras.  You have to experience a small school to know the joy that it is. If you would like to visit our school please phone or email and we would be delighted to meet you.

Principal: Mrs. Catherine Bockett
Vice-Principal: Mr. Richard Donnelly


To contact us: 046 9025058

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Here is a link to Senior Room blog:  Click here


Dec 092010

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The Junior Room is a bright, colourful haven. It is home to our  Junior Infants and Senior Infants pupils.

Mr. Donnelly is their teacher. The children are always busy in this room, whether it’s heads down working, digging in the sandpit or enjoying a book in the new library corner.

Our highlight of the year so far has been our Big Day Out to the Botanic Gardens. We’re looking forward to the Meath Book Festival. We’ll be off to Trim Library!

Dec 082010

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The Middle Room is where you’ll find 1st, 2nd & 3rd class all working away merrily under the watchful eye of their teacher, Bean Uí Ghallachóir.

It’s a hive of activity here. We’re really pleased with the lovely crested-cranes we created in honour of Fr. Clement’s visit. We learned lots about Uganda too. We had fun studying the tea-pots of the world too! Was your favourite teacher’s ‘posh’ silver one?! Didn’t you like all those lovely boxes from all over the world too?!

Can’t wait for our hyacinths to bloom! But we’ll have to – till next spring!


Dec 072010


In the Senior Room you’ll find our 4th, 5th & 6th classes who are taught by Mrs. Bockett. We’ve had a very busy year so far with our work on The Suffragettes and The Irish Famine. We’ve posted some creative writing to our blog too – why not check out what’s on our mind!

6th class pupils are looking forward to going along to the cinema to see ‘The Suffragettes’ on our first Big Night Out. We had great fun on our Big Day Out @ the Botanic Gardens.

We’ve worked really hard on our partners’ profiles (and our own) this month. Take a look along the main corridor when you’re next in the school. All 76 are ready!

Hurry up with yours teachers!

Typing on





Here is a link to Senior Room blog:  Click here

Jan 092018

We are currently very busy preparing for our Peace Proms Concert in the RDS, Simmonscourt on 4 Feb. 2018. Our choir of 32 pupils from 2nd class+ meet every Thursday after school for practice with Yvonne and Mrs Bockett.

All ready for Sunday the 4th now!

GIRAFFES FOCUS 1!! (Bet that’s got you wondering!)

There is absolutely no truth to the rumour that after practice at the National Sports Centre in Blanchardstown on 9 January that we went to a local playground! We have no idea where you got that notion!






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Jan 032018

The Middle Room have had great fun lately making and doing in their arts and crafts lessons.  So with all those toilet roll inserts they saved and long sticks got from the garden, you can see below what they created.  The children came together in groups and had great fun with extra long paint brushes!







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Dec 202017

This year’s Christmas production was the brainchild of the Senior Room. There was a bit of everything in there – the 12 days of Christmas, the Grinch, Mr & Mrs Claus, gingerbread men, pine trees, all-sorts of angels – naughty & nice -,  juicy holly berries and children through the ages, a little drummer boy, little stars, shepherds, children at play, etc… And of course rappers, ‘coz no Christmas Play is complete without the rappers!

Parents and grandparents enjoyed the variety of poems, raps, songs and good humour which the children put on display that night. All wrapped up in a lovely theme – ‘Where is Christmas?’




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