As Principal of the school, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of St. Mary’s Central School in the twin villages of Enniskeane and Ballineen. I would like to thank you for taking the time to explore our site. Our website hopes to provide an insight into the everyday life of our school including the wonderful and unique opportunities that are afforded to our pupils.

St. Mary’s Central School is a school which strives to provide a happy, friendly and caring environment, where children feel secure and valued. Children are encouraged to develop mutual respect for each other and for all adults in an atmosphere that promotes learning and excellence, enabling children to fulfill their true potential.

We are proud of our school community; our Board of Management, our teachers, our Special Needs Assistants, our pupils and our parents all of whom cooperate to create a school that is inclusive and caring. Parents and visitors are welcomed into our school and their participation is sought across the school in a partnership that enhances the children’s education, wellbeing and social awareness. Our vibrant Parents’ Association enriches the life of the school through their involvement.

We are committed to meeting the educational and developmental needs of the children under our guidance, through excellent facilities and a dedicated and professional staff. Our school is a happy, welcoming, child-centred and progressive school which reflects the message of our school motto – “Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí” which translates to “Praise the youth and they will flourish”. We are a school with a Catholic ethos, and we practice these Christian values by welcoming pupils of other religions and those of no religion.

Diarmuid Duggan