The Harvest Cycle
The Harvest Cycle will take place on September 12th. Keep the date free and join us for this annual event.

Ardfert N.S. to compete in National Finals of 'One Good Idea' competition in Dublin Castle

A group of six children from third class in Ardfert N.S. will be heading for Dublin Castle on the 7th of May to compete in the National Finals of the 'One Good Idea' primary school competition run by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.Well done agus go n-èiri libh a phàistì.

Science Quiz 

Congratulations to Rory Dalton, Eimear O Sullivan and Lorcan Ryan from Sixth Class who were winners at the Kerry Regional Finals of the ISTA Primary Science Quiz on Thursday night March 19th 2915 .


Debating Competition
    Congratulations  to the debating team who won the County Final  of the Debating Competition against Spa National School. The team were proposing the motion that "Ireland should leave the E.U.
It was a very close and tightly fought debate.This is the second time in three years Ardfert National School have won this competition.
Well done  to Eimear O Sullivan, Christopher Egan, Lorcan Ryan, Rory Dalton, Sarah Lawlor and Padraig O Sullivan. Congratulations to their mentors Mrs Betty Stack and Joan Holland.
Congratulations to the Under 11 and Under 13 Quiz teams who  came second in the Tralee Credit Union Quiz following a tie break.Well done  to the U11 team of Fiachra O Connor, Donal O Sullivan Adam Renai and Jack Kearney and the U13 team of Lorcan Ryan, Sarah Lawlor, Brahim Renai and Rory Dalton. The children also took part in the County Final on March 1st at Ballyroe Heights where they performed very well on the day.
Congratulations to Jamie O Sullivan in third class who won the Fire Station Art Competition.Well done Jamie.
Congratulations to Donal O Sullivan in fourth class and Brìd Courtney in fifth class who won the kerry County Council Road Safety Art Competition.
They were presented with their prizes in the Council chambers by The Mayor of Kerry John Brassil on December 16th.Well doneBrìd and Donal.
 On Monday 15th December parents, teachers and pupils of Ardfert National School gathered on the school grounds to unveil an Artistic Memorial" to commemorate the opening of the school 40 years ago.
  Last April Ardfert NS received a bursary of E1000 from Kerry County Council under the "Artist in School" scheme to employ the services of an artist.
  Aidan Power an artist and sculptor who works mainly with clay produced a Pyramid type structure with the present fifth class children.The four sides of the piece represent the four schools which amalgamated to form the present school namely, Banna Barrow Tubrid and Ardfert.
The school choir sang Christmas Carols and played seasonal tunes on the tin whistle.This was then followed by light refreshments in the school.







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    Our School

    Ardfert Central National School was opened on August 26th 1974.It involved the amalgamation of Ardfert, Banna and Tubrid schools.
    We have 202 children on roll with a staff of 11 teachers--an administrative Principal, 8 class teachers and 2 Learning Support/Resource teachers.

    Principal: Betty Stack.

    LS Teacher: Lynda McElligott

    Resource Teacher: Billy O Connor.

    L.S. Maths Teacher--Emer McCarthy based in Bouleenshere School Ballyheigue

    Class Teachers:

    Sixth: Joan Holland
    Fifth /Deputy Principal: Anne Kearney
    Fourth: Margaret Kearney

    Third: Marie O Connell

    Second: Tomàs Hanafin
    First: Mary Costello
    Senior Infants: Gemma O Mahoney
    Junior Infants:Deirdre Courtney
    SNA: Mary O Connor, Antoinette McGrath, Sabreena Kavanagh

    Secretary: Agnes Heaphy
    Caretakers: John Martin Lyne
    Christy Hanafin
    Traffic Warden: Grania Costello
    Cleaners: Mary O Mahony
    Doreen Dunne.

    Our Locality

    The village of Ardfert is situated in North Kerry, 8km from Tralee and 2km from the beautiful Banna Strand.The village is enriched with some of the most attractive historical sites in the country.
    Ardfert means 'Height of Graves' or 'Height of Miracles' and is most widely recognised through its connections with St.Brendan.He was known as 'Brendan the Navigator' and the murals on our school walls show some of the adventures he had on his many voyages.
    It was St. Brendan who who founded a monastic settlement in Ardfert at the beginning of the 6th century.

    Historical Buildings

    Ardfert Cathedral
    The first monastery in Ardfert was built on the site of St.Brendan's Oratory.This limestone ecclesiastical site has undergone much restoration work in recent times as the building has many beautiful architectural features.These features include a singular arcade of nine windows known as the 'Nine Choirs of Angels' as well as Romanesque doorways and Ogham stone features.

    The Fountain
    A beautiful stone crafted fountain is located in the centre of the village.It was built by the local landlords the Crosbies and would have been the main water supply used by the local people until a new water system was introduced during the 1970's.

    Franciscan Friary
    The substantial remains of Ardfert Friary or Abbey can be found to the east of the village.This was founded by the first Lord of Kerry, Thomas Fitzgerald in 1253.The Friary consisted of a cloister, a square tower and a dormitory.

    The Glandore Gate
    Located in the heart of Ardfert village , the Glandore Gate was the main entrance to the Great House of the Crosbie family.The building is now privately owned.

    The Red Brick Hall
    The old Ardfert Parish Rooms which were built in 1914, served as a meeting place for local people.