Cross Country Meath Championships Wednesday 27 November, Bellewstown Race Course

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The school’s Running Club were  busy training for the recent Cross  County Championships that took place on  Wednesday 27  November.  They ran off their qualifiers  and the teams that will represent the school at county level have been set. The runners have attended after-school training every week since September, whatever the weather! The Running Club which is open to pupils from 1st-6th class incl., comprises one third of the whole school!

Go n-éirí libh sa rás mór a pháistí.


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 five 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, over half the school take part in the Peace Proms orchestra 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.

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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What a win for Dunsany, the 20 year wait was worth it…..

Today was a great day of celebration for  all involved with Dunsany N.S.  The venue was  Páirc Tailteann, Navan, at 10.30am for the Cumann na mBunscol final against Scoil Naoimh Pio, Knockcommon.  This 20 minute aside game was full of energy and team playing on behalf of all the pupils involved.  There was plenty of sharing and passing along with goals, points, and saves that eventually led to  a score of 5   14   to  3   5  with a  well deserved win for Dunsany.  We are so proud of all the boys and girls who participated in this game and also to all the people who came out in great numbers to support the school with flags and banners and good wishes.  We would like to thank Mr Donnelly, James Farrell and Jimmy Maguire on a great result and for all the effort and time they have given to the boys and girls in training and going to matches.  Congratulations and well done to all the boys and girls involved. (Check out the Hogan Stand website for a great report on the final.)


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Strictly Come Dancing


Well done to Mrs.Yvonne Behan and Mr. Tommy Brennan on taking part in Dunsany Kilmessan Strictly Come Dancing in aid of Dunsany Kilmessan GFC, on Sunday November 17th.  They did a beautiful waltz in which Tommy serenaded Yvonne.  They were magical and did us proud.  We were delighted to see so many people turn out for this event.  We would like to thank all who sponsored Yvonne from school.  Congratulations to the winners Arlene Flynn and Michelle Horan who danced the charleston and did so very well.  A great night was had by all.


An ordinary school morning took an exciting twist recently when Irish Olympians Natyalya Coyle (Modern Penthalon) and Darren O’ Neill (Boxing) paid the school a suprise visit.  After the initial flurry of excitement, Natalya and Darren were welcomed by pupils and staff with a standing ovation.  They went on to spend an hour fielding all sorts of interesting questions on their sporting careers.  Olympic 2012, training, drug testing, nutrition and competitiveness were amongst the topics discussed.  The pupils learned that Darren who captained the Irish team in London last summer, rooms with John Joe Nevin on every occasion they compete together.  They also learned that Natalya can eat as much as she likes as often as she likes as five disciplines require lots of food, Darren on the other hand has to “eat lettuce” to make the weight for a match! Darren is no stranger to the classroom as he is a primary school teacher.  Natalya brought with her the Olympic torch which she carried for her 300 metre run.  In total 8,000 people carried the torch. All 8,000 of them are represented on the torch by 8,000 holes.  Would you believe that the food hall in the Olympic Village was as long as four football pitches and as wide as one – it had food from every country in the world and even had a McDonalds!  Natalya and Darren were very generous with their time.  Despite having a Sports Council event to attend to later that morning, they signed autographs and posed for photos with pupils.  They are wonderful ambassadors for their individual sport and for their country.  The school is very grateful to the McQuaid family, Dunsany who made this visit possible and to these fine young athletes for their time and inspirational talk.


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Blue Flag Award `13

We have been awarded our Blue Flag by the European Movement ‘s Bluestar Programme.  This was a whole school project which had historical, cultural and geographical components.  Each class learned about EU countries, with the senior classes completing in-dept individual projects on theEU member countries. The programme tied in well with the school’s participation this year in the Erasmus Student Programme run by St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.  Klará Szabó (Hungry) taught at the school twice weekly throughout the year bringing with her her own brand of musical magic while Laura Sinikallio (Finland) and Anna Pragrova (Czech Republic) came on board to assist the pupils in an exciting Europe Day in early May which was attended by Klará, Laura, parents and past pupils.  Catherine Bockett, the school’s principal  was invited to join a group of teachers from all over the country on a two day trip to the European Parliament in Brussels in July.  Who knows what exciting study opportunities this will open for Dunsany’s pupils next year.


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