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Ardfert Harvest Cycle
 
 
To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the opening of Ardfert Central National School in 1974, a leisure cycle will take place on Saturday September 13th.
 
All past pupils and their families are invited to join us for this inaugural event.
 
 
There are two routes. 40K and 75K.
Both routes will pass the four old schools in Tubrid, Banna, Barrow and Ardfert.
 
Registration will take place on Friday 12th between 6pm and 8pm in Ardfert Central National School and also on September 13th between 8.30 a.m. and 9.45 a.m.
Registration fee is 20 euro
The cycle will begin at 10 a.m. sharp from the school.
 
There will be a barbecue awaiting the cyclists upon their return to the school.
 
Certificates will be awarded upon completion.
 
 Music will be supplied by Big Jim on the day.
 
All proceeds will go to Ardfert Central National School's building fund.
 
Helmets are compulsory
 
For further information phone Anita at 087 3936698 .
 
If you would like to help in any way please phone 086 1607421.
 

 

 

 

     

     

     

     

     

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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.
    Deputy Principal/L.S Teacher: Anne Kearney.
    L.S. Maths Teacher--Marion Flaherty
    Class Teachers:
    Sixth: Marie O Connell
    Fifth/Fourth: Tomàs Hanafin
    Third/ Fourth: Lynda McElligott
    Second: Billy O Connor
    First: Mary Costello
    Senior Infants: Joan Holland
    Junior Infants:Deirdre Courtney
    SNA: Mary O Connor
    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.