Writers' Week Listowel

Congratulations to Anna Fitzgerald 6th Class who won first prize in Listowel Writers' week competition 1916 Then andd Now and to Avril Barrett who came third in the same competition.

Well done to Gemma Lawlor and Casey Ryle  4th Class who were highly commended in the Dan Keane Poetry Competition .

Also congratulations to Heather Walsh Fifth Class who came second in the Writers' week Poetry competition for children as well as the Dan Keane poetry Competition.

Well done to all the children who took part.


Scriobh Leabhar

Congratulations to all the children who received their medals and certificates in the Scriobh Leabhar Competition on Monday May 23rd at the Teachers' Centre. They wrote and illustrated beautiful Irish books .

Maith Sibh a Phaisti.



SEAI One Good Idea

Congratulations to a group of Third Class children who are The All Ireland winners of the One Good Idea competition.The group which includes Lilly Nowak, Liam Óg O Connor, Dara McElligott, Ellie O Connor, Rachel O Connor and Ainle Foley travelled to Dublin on May 11th to compete in the final which took place at Dublin Castle. 


Roger Casement Centenary Commemoration Medal

A special Roger Casement Centenary Commemoration Medal has been produced by Ardfert N.S. This medal can be purchased at the school for €10. It can also be purchased online through the link http://tgun.it/e/161 



The video made by 5th class 'Kerrywide' can now be seen on the Ardfert N.S. youtube channel.

The winners of the prizes in our Super Draw are as follows: 
Aberdeen Angus Bull: Susan Healy Abbeylands, Ardfert 
Summer House for a week in Banna: Eileen Fitzgerald, Ballyheigue 
Weekend in Randles Court: Willie Sheehan, Moyvane
Weekend in The White Sands: Kevin O Brien, Dromore, Co. Tyrone...
2 All Ireland Football Tickets: Bernie Kearney, Leebrook, Tralee 
Mercedes Watch: Eilish McQuinn, Tubrid 
Dinner for 4 in the Oyster Tavern: Gerard Mulligan, Castlegregory
Dinner for 4 in Kaynes Dromhall: Niamh O Sullivan, Clogherbrien
Lunch for 2 in Castlerosse Hotel & Lake Tour: Ger Stack, Caherslee
Love Hate Box Set: Denis Brassil, Ballyduff 
Family Admission to Crag Cave: Ailíse Ryan, Sackville, Ardfert 
Family Admission to Aquadome: Jim McGrath, Abbeylands, Ardfert 
Congratulations to all and thank you so much to everyone who donated prizes, bought and sold tickets for making our Super Draw such a success.


An Evening of Commemoration and Celebration

Ardfert N.S. presented 'An Evening of Commemoration and Celebration' on Thursday 3rd March at 7.30pm in the Ardfert Community Centre. The evening  consisted of a dance performance, songs, drama and mime all based on the theme of remembering and celebrating 1916. It was a great night's entertainment.


Fresh Film Festival

Congratulations to fifth class who were highly commended  in the Young Irish Film Maker of the Year - Junior Finals in the 2016 Fresh Film Festival for their film Kerrywide which reported on the events on April 21st 1916 when Roger Casement landed at Banna Strand. They also received a Radharc award.The Award  ceremony and screening of all finalists took  place at the Odeon Cinema, Castletroy, Limerick on March 9th. Maith sibh a phaisti.To view the film go to youtube and search for Kerrywide Ardfert NS


Congratulations to 6th class who had their Junior Entrepreneur Showcase Day on February 12th.Their project this year was vintage sweets which was a great success.


The children are practising for the Banna Commemorative Marathon which will be held on March 6th to commemorate the landing of Roger Casement on Banna Strand in 1916. Forty two children from 1st to 6th will run a Kilometre  in a marathon relay.Killury NS and Spa NS will join us on the day.


Congratulations to the debating team of Fiona Sheehan, Avril Barrett, Katie Hussey, Sean Brosnan, James Baxter and Jack Kearney who won the County Final when they defeated Scoil Eoin Balloonagh at the Teacher's Centre on February 9th.They proposed the motion that "Schools should do an  hour physical exercise every day".

Well done to their mentors Mrs Stack and Miss McElligott as the school won last years competition also.


The Grandparents of First class enjoyed a wonderful morning at the school on February 3rd when the attended a prayer service organised by the class.

Refreshments were enjoyed afterwards in the Hall.
A total of 340 euro was raised for Fr Leahy's Kenyan Fund when the children made and sold  St Bridget's crosses.
Well done
Eleven children --Grace Kearney, Ella Brosnan, Gemma Lawlor, Sarah Bodenham,James Baxter,Odhran Pierce, Clara Heather, Gavin Raggett, Jack Bodenham, Jack Kearney,and Ruth Duffy travelled to Dublin with Mrs Stack and Delores Martin on January 1st to represent Kerry at the official launch of the 2016 State Centenary Programme.They joined children from other counties to form a 32 County choir.  It was a huge honour for the school to be part of this special event
Congratulations to Brid Courtney and Sixth class who produced a 5 minute film called Someone Like Me with the help of Mr O Connor and Miss Martin about inclusion in Ardfert National School. Having won the County Final of this competition they went on to win the All Ireland Final in Farmleigh House in Dublin Last Thursday December 10th 2015. Well done to all involved.
Congratulations to Sophie McGowan in 3rd class who was one of the winners of the Christmas Spraoi in Tralee Colouring Competition. Sophie has won a trip for her whole class to The Wetlands in Tralee. Well done Sophie.
Congratulations to Lauren O Sullivan in 3rd class who recently won third prize in the 8 to 10 years category of the Credit Union Poster Competition. Lauren drew a beautiful picture of herself and her dad cycling. Lauren received her prizes at an awards ceremony in Manor West Hotel last Friday 20th November.
The Harvest Cycle
    Congratulations to all the cyclists who participated in the Annual Cycle on September 12th. A great day was had by all. The sun shone and as the music played the cyclists set off on the 40Km and 75Km routes at 10am. Past pupil Sinead Kissane started the cycle.
Afterwards the cyclists enjoyed  a burger and drink while they chatted and enjoyed the atmostphere.
A big thank you to all the organisers, marshalls, Darren the Chef and everyone who helped on the day.
A big congratulations to 5th class on being shortlisted for the final of the Fìs competition with their film "Fight for Freedom" about the arrest of Roger Casement in McKenna's fort in 1916.They travelled to  the Helix in Dublin on November 3rd with their families and teachers. They won the Best Script Award . The film can be viewed on www.fisfilmproject.ie. Well done to all involved especially Mr O Connor who directed and mentored the children.Here is the youtube link for the FIS film https://youtu.be/I2cT57ptEm0 


'Fight for Freedom' - a film made by 4th class in Ardfert N.S. in 2015 that won the 'Best Script' category in the national FÍS awards.
On Thursday October 8th, two members of the Defence force arrived at Ardfert National School to present the National Flag and a copy of the Proclamation of Independence to the school as part of the 1916 centenary commemorations.The children sang Mo Ghile Mear and Amhràn na bhFiann as well as playing tunes on their tin whistles.
Katie Hussey from 6th read a paragraph from the Proclamation and James Baxter and Gavin Raggett sang The Lonely Banna Strand.
Parents, teachers and children enjoyed the occasion.








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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: Lisa O Flaherty
    Fifth /Deputy Principal: Anne Kearney
    Fourth: Joan Holland

    Third: Marie O Connell

    Second: Tomàs Hanafin
    First: Mary Costello
    Senior Infants: Margaret Kearney
    Junior Infants:Deirdre Courtney
    SNA: Mary O Connor, Antoinette McGrath, Sabrina 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.