St. Conaire's Celebrates 21st Birthday

Clare Champion, Friday, 16th April 1999

As St. Conaire's, Shannon largest primary school, celebrates the twenty-first anniversary of its foundation, staff and pupils can proudly reflect its pivotal role in the development of the town. Named after a saintly woman who lived in the area in the 5th century, Conaire's opened in 1968 under the principalship of Sean O'Cleirigh, who continued in this post up to last year. The new Principal, John O'Byrne, heads up a teaching staff of seventeen.

Since its foundation, pupils from Ireland, Europe, Africa, Asia North and South America and Australia have attended the school. They have taken part, successfully, in hurling, Gaelic football, camogie, athletics, swimming, choir, drama and quiz competitions, locally, at county level and some at National level.

Apart from carving out a special niche in the local community, Conaire's can also boast of giving a lead at county level. The Junior School Warden Scheme for Clare was initiated at the school. For many years the children have been safely crossing the busy road outside the school, protected by the senior pupils who act as traffic wardens.

Recently the school was visited by Minister for Affairs, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Síle de Valera, who viewed their impressive library which is run by a parents group headed up by a qualified librarian. This is only one of the many top class facilities available to the eager pupils.

The teachers give full attention to the formal education of the pupils, including their spiritual and cultural development. Interest in Art, Craft, Wildlife and the Environment is cultivated and the school has received awards for its well-kept environs.

In the computer room, basic keyboard and computing skills are taught. Savings are encouraged and the scheme is run by a member of the local AIB branch. The accounts are kept on computer.

The school is a pilot school for the teaching of German. There are two fluent German speakers on the staff.

'Tá Tír na n-Óg ar chúl an tí a deir an file. Seo mar atá sé i Scoil Choncaire Gura fada buan a mhairfidh sé'.

Aoife Flannagan, Shane O'Sullivan and
Shane O'Byrne in the school bank.
Michelle O'Gorman, Sara Quinn and Stephanie
McMackin at work on the school hall mural.

Photographs by Eamon Ward, Clare Champion.

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