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Welcome to Ballinrobe Community School

Welcome to Ballinrobe Community School’s website, I hope you find it informative and that it will provide you with a sense of the school and its ethos. The school opened its doors in September 1990 as a result of the amalgamation of the three second level schools in the town. Since then we have welcomed the students from the surrounding area and endeavoured to ensure that each one of them leaves school as a confident, mature and resilient young adult, equipped to deal with the challenges ahead.

Our Mission Statement encompasses the values of respect, inclusion and care. These are evident in the warm and welcoming atmosphere in the school where positive relationships ensure that students can develop in a safe and caring environment.

We have gained a reputation as a progressive school, constantly evolving to improve the student experience. We are very proud of our academic record and each year celebrate the successes of our students. We are cognisant of each student’s ability and context but set high expectations for all students and ensure that they achieve their potential with the support of a dedicated and hardworking teaching staff. We offer students a comprehensive range of subjects through our wide curriculum at both Junior and Senior levels

We have a very dedicated staff, freely giving their time to offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities; students are encouraged to be actively involved as we believe their participation provides them with a real sense of belonging and affords further opportunities for growth as individuals.

As Principal, I am very proud of the efforts and achievements of all at Ballinrobe Community School, the students, the teaching and ancillary staff all working together in an atmosphere of respect. I am dedicated to maintaining and improving every aspect of this school.

William Culkeen
Principal

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Happy World Book day!📚📖I know some of you might be missing using the school library, libraries, and bookshops right now. Here are some links to some free ebooks, audio books and magazines. Happy reading! 📚📖🙂#wellread #literacy. www.gutenberg.org/ digital.library.upenn.edu/books/www.openculture.com/freeaudiobookswww.galway.ie/en/services/library/onlinecoursesandresources/ ...
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m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4282701421759253&id=906716012691161𝐕𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐝𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 - 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦We are delighted to welcome the creators of the "Defibrillator Finder" research project, TY Students from Ballinrobe Community School, as speakers at Respond2021. As BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2021 entrants, Katie, Siobhán & Tamara will present to us the status of PADs and AED awareness in their community. ...
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Yesterday, Monday, 22nd February, we had a ‘bring your pet to TEAMS class’ in 1B SPHE. It was a great success - there was a great mix of pets: fish, guinea pigs, cats, dogs and even a pet lamb. Thankfully, the pet tarantula was molting, so she couldn’t come to class! But, we did meet Jaws, Teddy, Shadow, Pepper, Lola, Finn, Charlie to name put a few!The below photos are from 1B SPHE. The students were given a ‘task’ to find signs of new life/Spring while they were out for walks within their own 5k during the mid-term break. These photos were all taken by them and they show that despite all that is happening with Covid-19, life thankfully goes on. ...
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From the Ballinrobe GAA Archives: 1980!SENTIMENTAL SATURDAY:(UPDATE: As we get additional info from commenters and other sources, we are updating some elements of this story to produce the most up-to-date version. We have most of the initial queries answered now, but there are still one or two more you might be able to help us with).In 1980, Ballinrobe CBS lost to Ballyhaunis Community School in the final of the Flanagan Cup. It was Ballyhaunis' first time to win the title and the game was played in The Saucer, Hollymount, then the de facto centre of the universe.The Ballinrobe team is listed in the attached cutting from the now-defunct Western Journal (who had none other than a young Tommie Gorman as Editor):GOALKEEPERJohn Malone - Ballinrobe. A young player then, he would play a lot of football outfield thereafter. Putting the young lad in goal is an old tradition (and it's me who knows...but sin scéal eile). Later won a Connacht U21 title in the forwardline for Mayo, and got a few runs at senior level. Coached for many years in the club. Star rugby player with Ballinrobe RFC too. Now lives in Clifden where he has been heavily involved in coaching football and rugby.FULL-BACK LINEBrendan O'Loughlin - Ballinrobe. Went on to play and coach within our club for many years, made a huge contribution to our club. Now based in Co. Offaly - Banagher, I'm pretty sure, where he has worked professionally in the community development sector. Sub on Mayo team that All-Ireland U21 title in 1983.TJ Flanagan - Clonbur. High-fielding full-back. Brother of Marian Macken, Main Street, a stalwart of our club. TJ was - and may well still be? - a Garda based in Dublin or Kildare - Dublin, I'm fairly sure.Pat McGovern - Hollymount. A familiar face around Ballinrobe. As chairperson, guided Ballinrobe Musical Society to unprecedented heights. His twin brother, Tom, also played, but I don't see him listed here.HALF-BACK LINEPaul Walsh, The Neale, a dashing half-back. Played at all levels for The Neale. You'll still see him around the place a lot, delivering food items into local shops.Tomas Molloy - Tuar Mhic Éadaigh. Strong and forceful centre half-back. In the comments below, John O'Shea, his neighbour in Tourmakeady, resolved our initial query here re where Tomas is now based - he's in Chicago where he has been successful in construction (Tourmakeady people more or less own Chicago, in case you haven't heard). Older brother of Mícheál, corner forward. Tommy Kelly, The Neale - Tommy was a great player. Attacking half-back. He would feature in some great Ballinrobe v The Neale U21 clashes in subsequent years. Last I heard, he was living in The Neale, I think, and commuting to Athlone. I never see him around though, so maybe he's not locally based anymore.MIDFIELDJohn Gilrane, Ballinrobe. Usually played in the defence, a great corner-back in particular for Ballinrobe for many years. Captained the club to win the 1990 Mayo JFC. Has held virtually every senior position in the club, now our Grounds Officer. Born in the USA (like Bruce Springsteen), his family relocated to Ballinrobe when he was circa 14 - I must clarify that exact date sometime, it comes up now and then in relation to John and his brother, Kevin.Gerry Ryder, Ballinrobe - Gerry was an Arsenal fanatic, and, as a footballer, I remember him more as a goalkeeper or wing-back than a midfielder. But he was very athletic and strong, hence the midfield berth, I suspect. Played at various levels for the club afterwards, now teaching in Castlebar and actively involved in Castlebar Mitchels, I understand.HALF-FORWARD LINESean Moran - Ballinrobe. A Cornmarket man, we weren't sure about him first, but, in comments below, and a subsequent Whatsapp, Pat McGovern confirms it was indeed this Sean. His older brother Tom also played for Ballinrobe for many years and coached teams in the club. John Flannelly, Ballinrobe - our current club chairperson and manager of Ballinrobe Racecourse. Played at all levels for the club. Son John Enda - aka Johnny Races, however he got that nickname - is a key member of our intermediate team. Joe Morrin, The Neale - in the same year, 1980, Joe played on The Neale team that won the Mayo Minor A football title, a magnificent achievement. Joe now resides in Ballina and his son, Rory, was a Mayo minor in recent years. Paul Walsh and Tommy Kelly both featured on that team as well.FULL-FORWARD LINERobbie Ford, Ballinrobe - tidy player, Robbie, played at all levels for Ballinrobe before emigrating in his mid 20s, by my reckoning. Now in the US of A. Brother of Peter, the former Mayo captain, and son of Bob, who hurled for Galway and Connacht.Paddy May, Ballinrobe - initially we wondered if it might be Paraic Maye, The Neale, but wondered if he was a year or two too young for this. Paddy hails from The Neale Road. He is a dentist in Dublin and is a brother of Des, who is a very active member of the club. What height is Paddy? Circa 6'5" - a good man on the edge of the square. Basketball was his main game (did he play for Ireland - I think he did), he also played a lot of football. While we are on the subject of P May(e), Padraic, The Neale, is now in upstate New York (Pearl River I think - we keep in touch about matters green and red).Micheál Molloy, Tuar Mhic Éadaigh, RIP - Second of the Molloy brothers on the team. Micheál was young that year, but he was brilliant. Played minor and U21 for Mayo. A few years after this game he moved to St Jarlath's College, Tuam, and played at centre half-forward on the team that won the 1982 Hogan Cup (All-Ireland Colleges Senior title). He was a beautiful footballer. Some years later, in Chicago, he suffered a debilitating injury that severely restricted his movements. He passed away in 2017. The second half of his life was so sad after the early years where he such a magisterial figure on a football field. Solas na bhflaitheas air.Sub: Martin Moran, probably Ballintubber, or maybe Hollymount? He is reported as having made an impact upon his introduction. Our investigations since first publishing this story this morning confirm that it is, indeed, Martin Moran, Stonepark, Ballyglass. His nephew Nathan has a place in local football history as the man who captained Ballinrobe Community School to the All-Ireland Senior B crown in 2017. The match report was written by my father, Billy - I'd recognise his writing even though his by-line is not featured.On the Ballyhaunis team, you will see Paul Earley, Roscommon star for many years afterwards, and now a TV pundit. Paul also excelled in Australian Rules for a number of years. He was some schools player. I remember the build-up to this game and all the talk around the place about who would curb him. Am I right in saying that we beat them in 1979 in the Flanagan Cup? The Ballyhaunis keeper S Reidy is, I am 99 per cent certain, James Reidy, who may also have been known as Seamus. He played at various levels for Mayo and was a great keeper. Alas, as my father notes, we didn't give him many opportunities to showcase his considerable talents...Jimmy Walsh from Carramore was referee. Jimmy was another constant presence at that time, and he's still going strong. He was treasurer of the South Mayo GAA Board for many years.You will see a lot of familiar names in the Ballaghaderreen v Ballintubber report alongside.If you have a photo of this team, or, indeed, any other pix from the past (dim and distant or recent), email to liamhoran09@gmail.com.Our Club Lotto is €5,700 on Monday night. All support appreciated: smartlotto.ie/ballinrobe-gaa/lotto/We've been compiling some club history videos of late, see here: ballinrobegaaclub.com/club-history/- Liam Horan.#gaa #mayogaa Ballinrobe Community SchoolClg Thuar Mhic Éadaigh Clonbur Gaa Club Ballyhaunis GAA Club Hollymount Carramore Gaa Club Neale Gaa Kilmaine Gaa Ballintubber GAA ...
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