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St. Augustine's, N.S. Murrisk

St. Augustine's National School

Nestled at the foot of Croagh Patrick,and overlooking Clew Bay, St Augustine's National School, Murrisk, is a three teacher school which was founded in 1929, following the closure of the two-storey school in the centre of the village.  It was a two-teacher school up to the 1960’s.  At that time, it became a one-teacher school due to emigration factors, etc.  It remained a one-teacher school until the early 1980’s.


From 1973 to 1982, Nora Kearney taught on her own and remained in the school until her retirement in June 1999.  In 1982 Anne Ó Reilly joined the staff and it became a two-teacher school again after many years.

After Nora’s retirement in 1999, Anne Ó Reilly became principal. The school was renovated in 2002 and officially reopened and renamed in 2003, St Augustine’s National School being the new name.

It is now a three teacher school with Olivia Carroll as deputy principal and Agnes Reilly as learning support/ resource teacher.


Saint Augustine's National School Mission Statement

The founding principle of St. Augustine’s National School is to provide a safe and caring environment for the children we work with.  Their happiness in school and the enhancement of their self-esteem are of prime importance, so that we may uphold and foster their appropriate moral, ethical, emotional and spiritual development as we meet their educational needs.  Children are encouraged to achieve their full potential and leave us as well-rounded, confident and caring individuals, with the necessary skills to positively contribute to their community and the world at large.


School Ethos

Murrisk National School has taken a number of measures to create a coping, supportive and caring ethos in the school.  The school has also formulated a number of policies and procedures to be followed with a view to ensuring the physical and psychological safety of staff and students, both in ordinary time and in the event of a critical incident.


Both children and staff at St Augustine's NS take pride in the school's achievements in all areas of the curriculum, as well as their extra-curricular activities. The children participate in weekly GAA training, swimming lessons, mini-sevens games, blitzes and the school's Cuili team won the final of the girl's league in 2007.
All classes take part in Irish dancing lessons, while children from 1st to 6th class have a music lesson every week, learning to play instruments such as the tin whistle, keyboard, accordian, bodhran and fiddle. The school's singers, dancers and musicians take part in the Scor in Louisburgh annually, and their musical and dramatic talents are showcased every year at the Murrisk N.S' Christmas concert, which has become the highlight of the school year!

Last year's plays were 'Operation Sweet tooth' 'Reindeer Rescue' and 'Waking Ned', and a night of fun and laughter was had by all!


Green Flag

The school has been awarded Greenflags by An Taisce in the categories of Litter Prevention and Energy Conservation, and the school community is currently working towards achieving our third Green Flag on the theme of Biodiversity.



Children and staff are also enthusiastic when it comes to acts of charity, and have taken part in phone collections for the Jack and Jill foundation, choral performances for World Poverty day, and are currently busy filling shoe boxes with treats for children in poorer countries, as part of Operation Christmas Child.


St. Augustine’s N.S. Principal is Mrs Anne Ó Reilly


Contact Details:

St. Augustine’s National School



Co Mayo

Principal: Anne Ó Reilly

Telephone: 098 64878

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Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9.00am - 3.00pm

Wheelchair-accessible: Yes


Anne Ó Reilly

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