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Ardfert Harvest Cycle
 
Saturday September 13th was a day to remember in Ardfert National School.
At 10 am 178 cyclists set off to cycle the inaugural Harvest Cycle -40 Km and 75Km to the sound of Queen's "Bicycle" played by Big Jim.
On their return the cyclists were treated to a burger and refreshments.
The festivities continued till 3.30pm with music and dancing on this glorious sunny day.
A big thank you to all the marshals, organisers, caterers, chef and of course the cyclists.
We hope to make this an annual event so keep this date free for next year.
 
 
 
 
 

     

     

     

     

     

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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.