News & Events

by admin on January 29, 2011


Lots of information here about news and events in St. Mary’s over the last few months……….

Please see link to our CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2017 to get a “flavour” of life in St. Mary’s!

Christmas Newsletter 2017


Basketball with Stephen, our coach, continues for classes on Wednesdays from 1.00 to 3.00pm. Stephen has lots of experience with both children and teenagers/adults and works with Rip’nRun. All classes from 2nd to 6th will get a number of coaching sessions with Stephen during the year. Our Senior Team compete in local and regional competitions, meeting up with teams from other schools in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. It is great to see how much the children’s skills have improved over the last number of years and many keep up their interest in basketball as they move to secondary school. Marian College ( where many of our boys go) in Ballsbridge, have a fabulous new Sports Complex where National League games are played and the local club UCD/Marian train.


We are delighted once again, to work with Elaine Chapman from ChappieFit. Elaine works with all classes honing their dancing skills and providing an opportunity to develop their fitness! Elaine also works with our parents, taking a group running weekly and providing an exercise class. ( if you are interested, talk to Liz Gaire, our HSCL teacher).


Eabha is back with us once more, taking Dance/Drama classes with all age groups. Eabha works with the children developing their confidence and self esteem. It is amazing how creative they can be!


Thanks to Ms. Ryan, Ms. Regan and Ms. Mc. Manamon, the children took part in the Dublin Schools’ GAA league from September to December. Training took place in Herbert Park and home matches in Clanna Gael GAA club in Ringsend. Anyone interested in joining Clanna Gael should talk to Ms. Ryan and she will give contact details for team conveners in the club.

We hope to resume training when the weather gets better after Easter. Details to follow.


Swimming classes for all take place in Mespil Pool on Mespil Road….just along the canal and within easy walking distance from the school. All classes from 2nd to 6th attend 8 weeks of swimming. We have three excellent and experienced coaches. Many of the children also attend public hours in other local pools ( details of pools from Liz Gaire HSCL teacher).


This year, we look forward to welcoming back Kenny from Leinster Rugby who will work with the senior classes. Usually, this module culminates with a rugby blitz with local schools. Many of the boys also play in local rugby clubs.


Our very successful Chess club continues under the expertise of our wonderful chess teacher ( and former teacher in St. Mary’s before his retirement), Mr. Peter Lynch. Mr. Lynch runs chess classes/leagues every afternoon for all classes from 2nd to 6th. This year, our girls are also learning chess in St. Brigid’s and look forward to joining our leagues in the near future.

Our Senior Chess team of Benjamin, Yubo, Eric, Sanjay and Shane are busy working on their skills and preparing to defend their All-Ireland Checkmate title for the 4th year! So far, we have been very successful, winning all matches, some closely fought!

Many of our pupils are also playing in a local club under the expertise of Alex Baburin, a chess master. If you are new to the school and would like to play chess, please let your teacher know and Mr. Lynch will get you started!