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First Kerry Community National School opens its doors at Two Mile, Killarney

Kerry ETB was delighted to open the doors of the Two Mile Community National School on Wednesday 30th August which will be the first primary school of its kind in Kerry. Similar schools have been set up in Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Cork over the last 10 years. As well as serving the families of Two Mile, the new school has attracted children from the wider Killarney area who are looking for a progressive model of education, rooted in the best of tradition. As well as its unique multidenominational ethos, having Kerry ETB as its patron is significant in what this school has to offer. Kerry ETB is a locally based state agency and is already the patron of 8 post primary schools and two Post Leaving Certificate Colleges in Kerry. The ETB provides key administrative, IT, HR and many other supports to its schools. This ensures that the staff of the school are not tied up with administrative issues are free to focus on excellence in teaching and learning.

School staff, parents, community representatives, members of Kerry ETB Board and staff joined the new school pupils of the Two Mile for an opening ceremony at 12 p.m. Brendan Griffin T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport addressed the event. Minister Griffin stated:  "I am delighted that this day has come, after many months of hard work by the local community, Kerry ETB and the Bishop of Kerry. This fine school will serve the needs of the local and wider community and I want to pay tribute to everybody involved in this effort and it is great to have such a positive outcome. I wish the school community well in their endeavours and I sincerely hope that the Two Mile School has a long and prosperous future."

The school principal Catherine Barry and the Single Manager Retired Primary School Inspector Pádraig O’Donnabhain welcomed the gathering and pupils, parents, community and ETB representatives joined in the ceremony to express their vision and wish for the future of the school and its pupils.

Colm McEvoy Kerry ETB expressed his gratitude for all who made this new school possible;  “Kerry ETB are hugely supportive of this new school  and have worked very hard since the Department of Education and Skills approved its opening last June. I would like to thank in particular the Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne and Fr Nicholas Flynn Diocesan Administrator for making the school building available to the ETB, we also wish to express our deepest gratitude to the Department of Education and Skills for their support and confidence in Kerry ETB. The Two Mile Action Group deserve a huge thanks for initiating community meetings and the initial local consultation. Over the summer months they have promoted the school on a daily basis to make sure the people of Killarney are aware of it. I wish to thanks Catherine Barry having been appointed principal on the 6th August has worked day and night to make sure all the arrangements are made for the opening of the school and Pádraig O’Donnabhain Single Manager for preparing the school plan; policies and procedures as well as his role in organising the opening event. The Kerry ETB Corporate Support and Capital Department have worked hard to get the building renovated in the last month together with builder JF Flynn Construction LTD.  We are very fortunate also that a local Childcare Provider Sharon O’Riordan is finalising arrangements to open a preschool on site which will really complement the school programme. Finally, I wish to thank parents here today for entrusting your pupils to us. We will work hard to earn your confidence and support and we look forward with enthusiasm to working with you in the future. A special word of thanks to the Director of Schools, Ann O’Dwyer who has led out in this development for Kerry Education and Training Board.

Two Mile Community National School is the first multidenominational school in Killarney.

 “A distinguishing feature of the CNS model is its multidenominational ethos. The school will cater for children of all faiths and beliefs equally. Parents of children in existing CNS schools appreciate that these schools make space for the spiritual part of a child’s identity while respecting all faiths and secular beliefs equally.  The model celebrates religious diversity in a meaningful way.  Speaking to parents in the Killarney area, it is obvious that they want the choice of this type of educational setting for their children.” Ann O’Dwyer Director of Schools Kerry ETB




The school is still accepting enrolments from Junior Infants- 6th Class. Anyone interested in enrolling their child should contact Kerry ETB directly on 066 7121488 086 4183558 or by emailing

For further information on the CNS model, please visit


New senior management team in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí.

Kerry ETB is delighted to announce the new senior management team in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí.

Ruairí Ó Cinnéide:

Ruairí Ó Cinnéide has been appointed as Principal of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, taking over from Austin Ó Seachnasaigh who recently retired from the role. A native Irish speaker hailing from Dingle, Ruairí has taught in the school for the last 17 years and was appointed as Deputy Principal in 2011. He has a Bachelor of Technology in Education from University of Limerick as well as a Masters in Education. Over the years Ruairí has been involved in and led several areas of School Development Planning. He has had a lead role in curriculum development and management in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí.

Responding to his appointment Ruairí said: “Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí provides a wonderful learning environment for its students and it’s a great honour to be appointed to this position. I hope to further build on the good work of my predecessors and I am delighted to be able to work with such a dedicated and enthusiastic team. This is an exciting time for all in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí as design and planning of the new school building to cater for a growing demand for All-Irish second-level education in Tralee is well underway with construction expected to begin in the latter half of 2018.”

Conall Ó Cruadhlaoich:

Conall studied Materials and Construction Technology at the University of Limerick and he has spent the past 10 years teaching in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh post primary school in Limerick city. Conall had previously held an Assistant Principal post for the past five years and he was also appointed Acting Deputy Principal on two occasions at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh where he gained extensive experience in the role. He is a native Irish speaker from Ballyferriter and is currently the joint manager of An Ghaeltacht senior football team and has been involved in football coaching over the past four years. 

"The opportunity of being involved in the exciting future at Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí was one that I could not turn down. The school is well renowned for fostering and promoting the Irish language and traditions amongst the people of Tralee and the surrounding towns and rural areas. With a new state of the art building facility on the horizon which will accommodate 600 pupils it is an extremely exciting time for all members of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí's school community and for the people of Tralee and Kerry."

Colm Mc Evoy, Chief Executive Officer stated that he is looking forward to working with the new senior management team that have been appointed to Gaelcholáiste Chairraí ,”We are delighted with the appointments of Ruairí and Conall . Ruairí has been Deputy Principal for the last 6 years in Gaelcholáiste Chairraí and brings a wealth of senior management experience to the Principal’s role.  Conall has also gained valuable experience in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh in senior management roles and will bring new ideas and perspectives to the position on his return to Co. Kerry. We look forward to working with Ruairi, Conall and all the staff of Gaelcholáiste Chairraí in the continued development and expansion of the school in the years ahead. I have every confidence that Ruairí and Conall will lead the staff in building upon the very successful stewardship of Austin O’Seachnasaigh who is retiring from the post of Principal later this month. We all wish Austin well in his retirement”


First Principal Appointed to Two Mile Community National School Killarney

The eagerly awaited appointment of the principal of Killarney’s new Community National School (CNS) has been confirmed by Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB). The ETB is delighted to announce that Catherine Barry has been appointed as the first principal of Two Mile CNS as of the 1st of August 2017. The school is on schedule to open on August 30th 2017 as the first Community National School in Co. Kerry under the Patronage of Kerry ETB.

Speaking about the appointment, Director of Schools of Kerry ETB, Ann O’Dwyer said “We are absolutely delighted that Catherine is taking up this position. She has a huge amount of experience at senior management level in schools, having been Deputy Principal in her previous school.”

Catherine began her teaching career in Darndale in Dublin. She moved to Kerry in 1998 and taught in various schools in Tralee before being appointed to Tralee Educate Together N.S. in 2002. She was involved in the setting up of that school and was appointed Deputy Principal shortly after. 

Catherine Barry said “I am delighted to take up this very important position of setting up Two Mile Community National School. I am looking forward to working closely with Kerry ETB and the school community in building an inclusive school with a reputation for its excellence in teaching and learning. As it will start off quite small, it is an incredible opportunity for any parents who want their child educated in small classes where their children will benefit from working closely with the class teacher.”

In welcoming the appointment the Chief Executive Officer of Kerry ETB stated “I wish to congratulate Catherine on her appointment. Our aim is to support Catherine in developing a multidenominational school of excellence, making Two Mile CNS the national school of first choice for the parents of Two Mile and the surrounding area”

Two Mile CNS is currently enrolling children from Junior Infants to 6th Class. There will be an opportunity to meet the new principal and tour the school on Tuesday, 15th August at 7 p.m. The principal can be contacted directly by telephoning 086 4183558 or emailing Application forms can be obtained by emailing  or visiting Kerry ETBs website


Kerry ETB Press Release

Kerry Education and Training Board (ETB) and the local community of Two Mile were delighted with the attendance at the Information Evening held in the Two Mile Community National School on Thursday 6th July.

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Kerry ETB – Press Release

Kerry ETB – Press Release

Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) is to open its first Community National School (CNS) in September 2017. The school will be located in Cahooreigh, just outside Killarney. This is Kerry’s first Community National School and the only multidenominational primary school in the Killarney area. Kerry ETB is also the patron of the very successful Killarney Community College.

This Community National School (CNS) is opening in the building that formerly housed the Two Mile/ Cahooreigh national school. Kerry ETB would like to thank the Bishop of Kerry, Bishop Ray Browne, for making the school building available for lease to Kerry ETB for the provision of the Community National School.

Responding to the announcement, Kerry ETB’s Chief Executive/Director of Schools Mr. Colm McEvoy/Ms. Ann O’Dwyer said “We are absolutely delighted to be opening a Community National School in Two Mile/Cahooreigh Killarney. We look forward to working closely with such a committed group of local parents and their children.”

“Families in Killarney and the surrounding area are very fortunate to have a choice of Catholic schools, Gaelscoileanna and now a Community National School. What is unique about this particular model is that the State is the patron and the school will benefit directly from the supports offered by Kerry ETB. Kerry ETB has eight post-primary schools and a large suite of Further Education and Training courses. These schools and centres are supported by the staff in Kerry ETB Head Office in dealing with Finance, Human Resources and other administrative functions. This level of support enables the schools and centres to focus their attention on the real work of teaching and learning. Kerry ETB has a reputation for excellence in education and inclusion in both post-primary and further education and training. This expertise will transfer easily to the primary school sector.”

“Another distinguishing feature of the CNS model is its multidenominational ethos. The school will cater for children of all faiths and beliefs equally. Parents of children in existing CNS schools appreciate that these schools make space for the spiritual part of a child’s identity while respecting all faiths and secular beliefs equally. ”

The school is accepting enrolments from Junior Infants- 6th Class. Anyone interested in enrolling their child should contact Kerry ETB directly on 066 7121488 or by emailing

For further information on the CNS model, please visit

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