Lissycasey Keeps Pace with the Times

Clare Champion, Friday, 5th November 1999

The present Lissycasey National School bulding opened its doors to pupils in 1961 replacing the old building which was situated where Lissycasey parish hall now stands.

The school increased from a three to a four teacher unit in 1980 and consequently a new extension was added. This included a new classroom, new staffroom, kitchen and utility area, the provision of a well equipped general purpose room, the refurbishment of existing classroom, of a ball court and increased playground area. These facilities cater very well for the school's many activities and with the prospect of a number of private housing developments getting underway in the near future, the school is adequately prepared for any new intake of pupils. Staff numbers increased to five earlier this year with the appointment of a shared remedial teacher earlier this year.

The school continues to have close links with many local organisations including the G.A.A. club and the Fergus Rovers ladies club. The G.A.A. pitch and track is situated next door to the school and there is direct access for the boys and girls to the venue making preparation for matches more thorough.

In this decade, Lissycasey has combined with the other schools in the parish, Ballynacally, Caherea and Clondrinagh to contest five County Schools finals winning the titles in 1994, 1997 and 1998, the '98 victory created its own piece of history as it marked the schools championship. In the current year the school won the girls primary schools ladies football championship.

The school is proud of the fact that many of the players who represented the local Lissycasey club in its first Senior football final appearance last year came through the school and this is also true of the club's under 16 team which recently brought the under 16A title to the club for the first time. Team members visited the school with the cup as part of their celebrations.

The school has a proud tradition of actively supporting the work of the missions. Through the combined efforts of the teachers, pupils and parents, Missionary magazines are distributed to homes in the area and proceeds forwarded to the different Mission funds.  In the past the school has been visited by Missionaries Fr. P.J. Melican, Mr. Martin Kelly and Sr. Ethel Normoyle, all of whom are from Lissycasey.

During the past year, authors Kieran Sheedy and Mrs. Mairead Fitzgerald visited the school. Kieran, whose book is entitled "The United Irishmen of County Clare", actively involved the children in dramatic scenes from the 1798 Rebellion. Mrs. Fitzgerald, whose book is entitled "The World of Colmcille", guided the pupils through a different historical period. Mairead was the first author to sign copies of her books in the school.

Information Technology is now an important feature in the work of the school. The pupils have the assistance of a selection of computers and great emphasis is placed upon the integration of computer technology with the many and varied aspects of the school curriculum. The school also has access to E-mail and Internet facilities.

The school also places great emphasis on physical education and regular classes are conducted in the General Purpose room, Gaelic football remains the dominant game but basketball, rounders and hurling are also practised. The visit of members of the Clare Senior hurling team with the Liam McCarthy cup was a major highlight especially as local man Colin Lynch, who went on to win an All-Star, was one of the team members who visited.

Other areas of activity in the school include choir practice, music, arts and craft, while teams representing the school have been successful in a number of quiz competitions in recent times.

During this school year, Lissycasey will host the Sacrament of Confirmation for the parishes of Lissycasey, Ballynacally and Kildysart.

When their primary education is complete, pupils at Lissycasey will leave for secondary schools in Ennis, Kilmihil, Cahercon or elsewhere.  School authorities hope that these children will have developed a healthy and happy self image, that they will be courteous and caring members of society and that they will have a particular respect for their environment.

Sara Hill and Caoimhe Millar in the library
at Lissycasey N.S.
Gearóid O'Sullivan with his 5th and 6th
class pupils at Lissycasey N.S.

Photographs by Eamon Ward, Clare Champion.

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