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The school is boiling over this week with the excitement of Sundays All-Ireland Hurling Final. This years final is extra special for our school as we will have three past pupils togged out. It also promises to be historic if Conor Fogarty is selected to play for the seniors! Conor has lined out at mid field for the last three games and has done very well. Expectations are high that he will get the “Nod” and start and if he plays any part,  he will be the first Firoda past pupil to play in an All-Ireland Senior Final. Both Conor and his older brother Damien, also a past pupil,  have two senior All-Ireland medals each but neither were fortunate enough to get any game time in the finals.In the minor game expectations are that Conor Delaney will line out at full-back, a position he has distinguished himself in in all the championship games to date, while his good friend and neighbour and former classmate in Firoda, Niall McMahon is also a member of the panel. Current pupils and aspiring hurlers should note that there hardly a day passed by for these stars during their days in Firoda that they were not out pucking a ball against the wall or honing their skills on the field. Practice makes perfect and dedication is a must if you want to succeed in any sport. We wish the three lads all the best on Sunday and hope they will be bringing back the McCarthy and Irish Press cups for another visit to the school in the coming weeks. Other past pupils that represented Kilkenny in  Minor and U-21 All-Irelands were Peadar Healy, Michael and Anthony Owens and Michael Murphy. We hope to be able to add to the list in the years to come. 
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Conor Fogarty in action against Limerick in the All-Ireland Semi-Final
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Conor  Delaney and Niall McMahon with the McCarthy Cup  in 2008 when the victorious Kilkenny Team visited our school.
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Pupils in school “Training” for the All-Ireland Final
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Pupils attending the Draw for All-Ireland Tickets

 

First Holy Communion

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Congratulations to all in First Class who received their First Holy Communion on May 12th. 2013 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Castlecomer. Well done to James Coogan, Michael Brennan, Amy Slattery, Aidan Brumby, Eamon Power, Eoin Nolan, Shane Holden, Will Healy, Molly Hogan and Kiara Dunny.

Local Author Visits School

Local author Martinl Brennan who writes under the pseudo name Edward Crane recently visited our school with his series of books “The Havishams”. Martin spent the morning with us, giving us some valuable tips on how to write and giving us a wonderful insight into what inspired him to write “The Havishams”. He then read an extract from the first book and finished up with a questions & answers session. Everybody enjoyed the visit and are very grateful to Martin for giving us his time.

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Children join Savings Club in Credit Union

Pupils in our school have recently started a “Savings Club” in conjunction with Castlecomer Credit Union.

Recently the Credit Union dropped out with lovely prizes for members which included pens, pencils, Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies.

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1st. and 2nd. classes Juniors and Senior Infants
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3rd. and 4th. Classes 5th. and 6th. Classes

Credit Union Schools Quiz

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The local Credit Union held its annual Schools Quiz on Friday February 1st. We had four teams representing the school. Congratulations to our u-13 team who took 1st place ahead of Coon N.S and Moneenroe. On that winning team was Adam, Leo, Will and Jack. They now proceed to the Regional Final which will be held on March 3rd. Well Done to you all!

Credit Union Quiz Champs

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Congratulations to Conor, Bobby, Molly and James who have reached the National Final of the  Credit Union Schools Quiz which will be held in the RDS Dublin on the 2nd April. The team came 2nd yesterday following a tie breaker after they were both tied following the final round of questions in the Springhill Court Hotel in Kilkenny. Everyone would like to wish them the best of luck in the National Final. Well Done!!

First Holy Communion

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On April 17th. seven pupils from Firoda N.S. received their First Holy Communion in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Castlecomer. The happy recipients were Alex, Eoin and Dylan Brennan, Jamie Cahalan, Leo Hogan, Caroline Coughlan and Caitlin Meagher. Congratulations and well done to all. The sun was shining, everyone was happy and had a wonderful day. The Firoda children were joined by two girls from Castlecomer Convent and thirteen boys from the Boy’s School for this very special occasion.

Infants 2015

Infants 2015

A Huge Welcome to our 11 new infants for 2015. We hope you all enjoy your time in Firoda School. It’s great to see everyone settling in so well.

infants 2015Jamie O’ Neill, Cormac Lacy, Darragh Nash, Aaron Van Rijswijk, Rían Dwyer, Oisín Ryan, Aoibheann Brennan, Holly Abbott, Caoimhe Daly, Séarlait Tywang, Gráinne Meagher, Muireann Meagher.

We also welcome other new pupils to our school. Cian & Ava O’ Donovan, John, Dylan and Leah Brennan, Rory Bollard, Keelin Brennan, Jessica Joyce, Chloe Van Rijswijk and Shane Coogan

Bord Gáis Theatre Awards

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Pupils and Teachers from Firoda School made a recent pleasant but unexpected visit to the Bord Gáis Theatre in Dublin for the Bord Gáis Student Theatre awards. Our film (see our video section) “The Bracelet” was short listed for the best overall school play and actor Cillian Cooney was short listed for best performer in a leading role. Everyone had a wonderful day at the “Oscar Style” ceremony and while the play did not scoop the coveted title of best play, Cillian, to everyones great delighted was named “Best Actor in a Leading Role”. What a day for Cillian and for the school.

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Peace Proms Rehearsal

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3rd to 6th class pupils had a great day in Waterford Arena on Thursday (Nov. 14th 2019) at their Peace Proms Rehearsal. They received great feedback from the conductor. The children put a huge amount of preparation into all their songs and actions and performed them excellently on the day. Well done boys and girls, your school is very proud of you!

Click on the link below to download a video of some photographs from our day out. Thank you to Peace Proms for allowing us to use their photos.

Peace Proms Rehearsals

Thank You

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Firoda School would like to extend a huge thank you to a local group of golfers who won a raffle at a recent golfing event. The winners received a cheque for €500 to be given to a school of their choice. Luckily for us, they chose Firoda N.S. Among the winners were Honoria Fogarty, Betty Owens and Noreen Kinsella (mother of Elaine Kinsella). Sincere thanks from all involved with the school.

Peace Proms

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choir Our Peace Proms Choir have been busy rehearsing for the last two months. We will travel to the WIT Arena on Thursday 14th November for a workshop before the big concert on Sunday 8th March 2020. Don’t forget presale tickets are available from Friday 1st November at 10am.

Halloween Dress Up

prize winners The boys and girls had great fun dressing up on Thursday for Halloween. Pictured are our prizewinners with their well deserved ‘Night Off Homework’ Pass. Click the link below for more pictures from around the school. We hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe Halloween. We look forward to seeing everyone back for action next Monday.

Happy Halloween!

Sprocket Rocket Visit

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cycle Last Friday, we were fortunate enough to have the Sprocket Rocket team visit us from the Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership. The Sprocket Rocket Programme is a foundation cycling skills programme aimed at 7 to 11 year olds. Children from 3rd Class up to 6th Class had great fun learning and developing their cycling skills. They focussed on braking, balance, pedalling and cornering. Pictured are the boys and girls from Third Class after their session which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Heritage Visit

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On Tuesday 24th September Michael Fortune from the Heritage in Schools Scheme visited us. Michael spent time with the children in 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th Classes. He talked about our local heritage with us. He showed us how we can find out more information about our local towns land (the meaning of it, Irish words native to the area) and how the area (landscape) has changed over the years. We made necklaces from berries in our groups. He also showed us how to make a wristband from the harvest.