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Leaving Cert History Trips 2009

The leaving cert. history class along with their History Teacher, Mr. Mullen recently paid visits to Kennedy’s Social Museum, Ballinamore and Strokestown House and Famine Museum, Co. Roscommon ( pictured below).

Our Leaving Cert. paid a visit to Strokestown House in Dec. 2009 which included a tour of the former Landlord’s house (dating from 1690), the gardens and the Famine Museum. The tour lasted for about two hours in total and it was a great contrast to see how the landlord class lived around Famine Times and the great suffering of the native Irish on the other hand.

On our visit to the Glenview Social Museum Ballinamore we got an excellent feel for our recent past with a very comprehensive tour guide by Mr. Brian Kennedy, owner of the museum. We got a taste of what rural and town life was like this past 100 years or so. The museum has over 3000 artefacts and is an amazing resource that people have in their local community.

Some pictures of the items from Glenview Folk Museum on display:

Dervish Visits Ballinamore Post Primary School

The world renowned traditional Irish group, Dervish recently played a gig to a very appreciative audience of pupils and teachers just prior to the Christmas break. The group put on an excellent show and students and teachers participated with the group during there two hour show. The show took place in Hall 1 in Meanscoil Fatima. Dervish recently represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest and we would sincerely thank them for taking time out from their busy schedule to pay us a visit.

Thanks also to Mr. Paddy Mc Dermott for using his contacts and arranging the show.


We wish Sr. Kathleen Gormley and Mr. Tom Gannon all the very best as they begin what we hope will be a long and happy retirement.
Sr. Kathleen taught Science and Religion and was Principal of mean Scoil Fatima from 1974 to 1994.
Mr Gannon taught Woodwork, Drawing and Construction in the Vocational School from 1969 to 2009.

Ballinamore Post Primary School Appeal for Books

The people of Ballinamore and surrounding areas awoke on Tuesday morning last January 5th to the sad news that a large part of Meanscoil Fatima had been burned during the night.

Shock turned to disbelief and anger as it was discovered during the day that the school had been deliberately burned.

While the loss of buildings was significant, we were fortunate that only books belonging to one class were lost. We are particularly lucky that we have spare capacity in terms of classrooms which enable all classes to return to school as weather conditions permit. Unfortunately some irreplaceable archive materials including photographs and personal belongings also perished.

In an effort to replace the books which were lost, the school would be very grateful if anyone could donate recently used textbooks. They are;

  • Geography: New Complete Geography by Charles Hayes
  • Religious Education: Exploring Faith by Sean Goan and Tom Ryan
  • Home Economics: Design For Living
  • French: Bienvenue en France part 2 by Folens
  • Maths:  Concise Maths 2, Concise Maths 1
  • Metalwork: Material Technology Metalwork for Junior Cert.
  • Woodwork: Material Technology Wood by Michael Cross
  • Business Studies: Junior Cert. BusinessStudies for Households and Enterprise by Matt Hynes
  • Science: Science Today by R. Henley and M. Quirke

BT Young Scientist

Congratulations to 4th Year Student Rhianna Mc Manus, whose project “To investigate if there is a noticeable difference in taste between organic and non-organic foods” was accepted to attend the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition at the RDS in January 2010. Rhianna’s project was one of only 500 accepted from almost 3000 applications, which is a great achievement. Hours of hard work were put in by Rhianna under the guidance of Mr. Geoghegan.We are delighted to congratulate her for receiving an award for the excellent presentation of her stand at the BT Young Scientist exhibition. Well done.

Drama Workshop

A second year English class with their teacher Ms Convey attended a drama workshop in Ballinamore Community centre in March 2010   . The workshop was held in conjunction with the local drama festival. Pictured here are the 2nd year class with Mr Frank Cadam, Mr Pat Rehill and adjudicator Dolores Deacon.